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Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our newfound friends on the bird walk were envious when we told them about the 7 kakas on our front porch at Kaka Retreat! We loved our room, it was great for our 2 night stay - spotlessly clean, with good quality linens, bath toiletries and supplies for coffee/tea/chocolate. Water pressure was great, showers were hot, and the towel warmer... More 

Thank tvplano
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194 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place – we plan to return! The pick-up and drop off ferry/air service is excellent. We were met from the ferry by Lynn who provided a practical orientation drive which was really useful. Our two bedroomed cottage was warm and homely with a well equipped kitchen, good sized dining and sitting area and good sized bathroom. We found... More 

Thank JMarpleInc
Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Stayed here last June and were blown away by the place. It was quiet, clean and spacious just set back from the road. Real well located close to the marina with lots of wildlife like parrots just flying past the window. In my book this place is 10 out of 10 with great staff to tip it off

Thank lovetahoe2016
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Lynn picked us up from the depot in town and she was so welcoming and helpful. The motel itself is tucked back from the road and is very quiet. Our unit was immaculate, spacious, and comfortable. The motel is very close to town and is also convenient walking distance to the Ulva Island ferry. On our second day we were... More 

Thank jszostak
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Wow! There are few words to sum up the first experience, even in the dark, arriving into Stewart Island, the lovely greeting from the staff at Kaka Retreat as they collect you, warm friendly Kiwi welcome! We were blown away by the stunning native plants, the knowledge of the staff sharing local knowledge of bird life and the wee tour... More 

Thank Flygal777
Ocean View, NJ
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Kaka Retreat is a great place to stay on Stewart Island. It is close to the marina and town but still in a quiet section. The desk receptionist was very friendly and very helpful! They have feeding trays for the Kakas that come in the afternoons. We would definitely go back! We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite which was... More 

Thank beachgirljeanne
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

These ladies are fabulous. Everything from the collection after the flight to the island, the breakfasts, the service, accommodation and then the drop back to catch the flight to invercargill was fantastic. I really recommend staying here.

Thank Ant and Toni v
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Great place, with resident Kakas, a bit above the town - easy walk down to food and the harbor, and less easy walk back. Nice rooms, very helpful and friendly staff. Couldn't ask for more, in a remarkable place.

Thank alan r
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

What a fabulous place to stay on Stewart Island. Lynn couldn't have been more helpful and the studio we stayed in was amazing. Very well appointed with lots of little extras. Would recommend it to anyone!

Thank MissKathy_11
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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71 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

We agree with Jane G, Kaka Retreat deserves "10/10" Our room was spacious, clean & tidy with an excellent kitchen & bathroom. Apart from the delightful bird song the beautiful setting was peaceful & quiet. The bed was really comfortable. Karina met us from the plane and gave us an orientation tour which was really helpful. We couldn't fault her... More 

Thank Jill_445

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kaka Retreat's motto is Sit Back, Relax, Unwind - You're in good hands! KAKA RETREAT MOTEL is a self contained and serviced complex located within beautiful Stewart Island's idyllic Halfmoon Bay - the gateway to the Rakiura National Park and the world renowned native bird sanctuary - Ulva Island. Situated in close proximity to both ferry and flight terminals, only a quick 5 minute walk away to all restaurants, shops, water taxis and main attractions Kaka Retreat is an ideal "Island getaway" accommodation choice. Native wild birds such as the friendly Kakas, Tui, and Bellbirds truly make Kaka Retreat the peace lovers, bird watching, photographers' paradise. With only 7 units and nestled within a native bush garden setting our guests can unwind. Whether you are a couple, family or group willing to share facilities we can meet your accommodation requirements. Our 2-3 bedroom cottage units offer a mixture of double (with genuine double beds) and twin bedroom/s with 2 single beds. They sleep 4-6 persons comfortably. Combining central heating, open plan living and private covered verandas you have space to fully relax. Each cottage has basic cooking facilities, a microwave, under bench fridge, TV and private bathroom. Our modern studio units can sleep 2-3 persons. Centrally heated with tea/coffee making facilities, microwave, comfortable deluxe queen beds and en suite bathrooms you are well catered for. All cottages and studio units are serviced daily with boutique toiletries, towels, and linen provided. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island

Address: 7 - 9 Miro Crescent, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Price Range: $226 - $261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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“They're all good.”
 of 5 bubbles alanr489, 11 Apr 2016 | Read review
“We would have been happy in any unit”
 of 5 bubbles Jill_445, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Any room is great there is steep 3 minute walk form the main township, so if you have an issue with walking it may be problematic.”
 of 5 bubbles 734lynnn, 3 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Ask the hosts Lynn and Karina as I did and they will do their best to help”
  • Friendly playful Kaka parrots !
 of 5 bubbles wayneg951, 15 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Any room would be fine.”
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 of 5 bubbles TrevorMP, 27 Nov 2015 | Read review
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