We spent 3 nights at the Kaka Retreat on a recent trip to Stewart Island – loved it. Upon arrival at the airport, we were whisked away to our accommodation and quickly checked in – very efficient. The location is great, less than 5 minute walk into the town center (4-square, restaurant, cafes, etc). There were a number of kakas flying around, but none came to visit us. Also saw lots of other native birds – beautiful bird song here!! The room was very nice, one of a group of 3 motel type rooms, all with spacious verandas. We made use of the small kitchenette to prepare some basic meals and enjoyed the TV (3 or 4 channels) and the free wifi internet. The heater, a definite requirement during our stay, worked well in keeping the room at a suitable temperature. The shower and hot water were very good and the bed was nice and comfortable. Overall we had a great stay here and would definitely recommend it to other travelers.…
We booked to stay for 2 nights for a quick family trip, unfortunately I had managed to book the wrong room type but this was resolved instantly by the owner who was absolutely fantastic and moved us to the 3 bed cottage. The cottage was warm, comfortable and well equipped. We saw 4 kaka who landed really close to us which was amazing. I would highly recommend staying here it is a lovely place with lovely owners.
The Kaka Retreat web site says it is not uncommon to see visiting kaka. And I had one visit my front porch! Don’t feed them however as they are known to destroy furniture should they not receive food. The two bedroomed unit was spacious and very warm. My only improvements would be a bigger shower (again, this one was so small it was hard to wash my hair), oven facilities, and better (light blocking) blinds. But these are suggestions rather than necessities. The location close to town means you can easily get meals from the South Seas Hotel. Diane and Wayne, the hosts, made sure I was well looked after and even dropped me off to the Ulva Island water taxi wharf so I did not need to walk 20 minutes over the hill on a cold morning.
Kaka Retreat is a hidden gem! We made a bulk booking, they were really easy to deal with - everything went really smooth and met all our needs. The accommodation is beautiful. We will definitely be recommending to others in future. Thank you for having us!
We were so impressed with the accommodation, the location and the service! We stayed in Superior Studio. Fabulous. Warm, clean and amazing shower! Lovely continental breakfast as well. Had absolutely everything we needed. We’ll be staying here when we come back. Thanks!