Trip Advisor certificate of excellence 2017
We are thrilled to be chosen once again as the recipients of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests for taking the time to review us so positively. #CertificateofExcellence  #Veryproud
Booking.com Guest Review Award 20160002
Thank you to all our Booking.com guests for the great review scores! Proud to have won this 2 years running. #guestsloveus

Exceeded expectations

Wonderful stay with exemplary hospitality. The owner could not have been more helpful, the room was extremely comfortable and spotless, and the surroundings and birds delightful. A perfect spot in a stunning corner of the world!

Jane Levy

A beautiful place to stay

I stayed two nights in October. The weather may have been wet but the accommodation was cosy and comfortable and spotlessly clean. I was picked up on arrival at the terminal and the welcome was very warm and friendly. Even though at one point I had the place to myself, I had plenty of Kakas to keep me entertained.

Susan Ruru

Idyllic Escape

Spacious, clean and comfortable room in fabulous surroundings. Nice friendly staff. Complimentary pickup included a quick tour of Oban which was very useful and appreciated. We’ll be back. 🙂

Lyn George


We really enjoyed Kaka Retreat. The hospitality was great. We got a surprise pick up from the ferry. Which was really appreciated. So nice to wake up to nature.

Maria Ritchie

So peaceful

Found the staff to be really helpful in this tranquil setting. Loved the visit from the kaka birds and the bird calls of so many other species.
Highlight was kiwi spotting with Saff – first time seeing them in their native setting – absoutely awesome. A must have experience.

Sandra Dyer

Top Accommodation at Kaka Retreat

We stayed in the three bedroomed cottage at Kaka Retreat and this provided the best possible accommodation for a family or group. The cottage was spacious with a well equipped kitchen and a big BBQ on the covered deck which also had deck furniture for sun-sitting. The bedrooms were comfortable and the cottage had excellent heating. Staff were obliging and very friendly. The experience could not have been improved upon. Kaka Retreat is close to the town centre so shopping for supplies was easy, as was getting to all of the town’s facilities. With this great accommodation we were able to enjoy our time on Stewart Island, which is absolutely a premier NZ tourist destination.

Adrian George Simcock


I think your motel is very nice, quite modern and comfortable
I already recommended you to friends of mine
I hope that I’ll come back when I’ll come to Queenstown where I usually come 2 times a year… when possible
Thanks for everything !

Kind regards
Danielle (your Island is also wonderful)

Danielle Parodi

Superb accommodation

We (four adults) loved the comfort and cleanliness of Kaka Retreat, being so close to the village and yet quite private, and having our own veranda where we relaxed in the sun and enjoyed the magnificent birdlife. And, as an extra treat, we appreciated having a range of teas and jams to choose from.
Thanks Karina and Lynn. We intend to return someday.

Ros Hughes

A magical place…

What a magical place to stay! We were promised plenty, including comfort, hospitality and bird song…..we received so much more! When we return to Stewart Island we will definitely stay at this amazing haven, Kaka Retreat, again.

Fiona Miller

great 3 days we had

great 3 days we had on Stewart Island. Kaka retreat was fist class. the cottage was spacious for the four of us and had all we needed. Lyn and the team were very friendly and helpful.

Wonderful birdlife around the property.

Stewart Island is certainly a rare jewel and well worth visiting. hopefully we can come back again. I would love to do some of the longer walks.

Garret Barry

The best place ever

I loved staying at Kaka Retreat. It was welcoming in every way. The rooms were pleasant, the atmosphere great, the reception warm. It was one of the best, maybe the best place, we stayed on our entire vacation. Thanks.

Joan Langmack

Fabulous Retreat

Can’t fault Kaka Retreat, beautifully presented spacious modern clean and warm accommodation with all the facilities you need. Hostess Karina is warm and welcoming with a sense of humour. And the big bonus bountiful birdlife at your doorstep. Magic!

Pam Morley

Really special and unique

We found the Kaka Retreat spotlessly clean and spacious enough for 3. It is a short walk to lovely tracks and shops, but since it is right in a secluded place you feel calm just to be there. All the amenities and hospitality possible.

Sarah spencer

A most enjoyable stay

My wife and I were joined by two other couples – we have been close friends since the 1960’s – for a most pleasant 3 night stay at Kaka Retreat. Everything about our stay was really quite delightful, starting with the easy booking process and the convivial welcome at the ferry terminal (plus the bonus drive around the town), right through to final checkout and transport back to the ferry. The 3-bedroom unit was ideal for us . We appreciated the extra heating being used on the rather chilly day of arrival. The whole place was immaculately presented and the standard of housekeeping throughout the 3 days could not be faulted. The local kaka did their very best to entertain us with their antics and many photos were taken of these fascinating birds, as well as the countless kereru, tui and other birds in the surrounding trees. I’m sure all six of us would have no hesitation in booking at Kaka Retreat on another occasion, and we would certainly recommend it to our friends. I need to mention that no visit to Stewart Island would be complete without a walk on Ulva Island (the $20 cost for the water taxi trip there is the best money you could ever spend if you wish to appreciate nature at its finest); Dave Goodin’s jade studio where you can take a lesson in pounamu carving, then take home your own special momento of your visit; an evening spent ‘kiwi spotting’ at Ocean Beach; food at the Kai Kart; and who could forget the quiz night at the South Seas Hotel? (Our team came 3rd!)

Murray Smeaton

Guest Review Award 2016

Once again we are the proud recipients of a Guest Review Award from Booking.com. We wish to thank everyone who took the time during 2016 to post their individual feedback about Kaka Retreat. We feel privileged to have met you and look forward to hosting you again in the future.

My husband and I thoroughly

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at Kaka resort suite.
Karina was an excellent tour guide on our arrival, Lynne made sure our departure was seamless. The room was not only clean…it was immaculate.
We will recommend Kaka Retreat to all our friends.

Martha Larsen

The Best Yet!

We can highly recommend Kaka Retreat, Stewart Island. We were met at the wharf and given a very warm welcome by Lynn. Our room was superb – spacious, immaculate and very well-equipped. The room servicing was excellent. The daily Kaka visits were a treat – the birds were so funny!
There are lots of wonderful places to visit within easy walking distance of Kaka Retreat but just sitting on the veranda outside our room was pure pleasure. Stewart Island is a long way from home but we hope to return one day and stay for at least a week.

Vicky Mary Taylor

Homely cosy accommodation

Despite the inclement weather we enjoyed our five days on Stewart Island at the Kaka Retreat.. We really appreciated the friendliness and kindness of Lynne and Karina. The cottage was spotlessly clean , really well equipped. and a cosy warm refuge from the unseasonal gale force winds and bleak skies.

Errol Crone


Dear Karina and Lynn,
Thank you for an excellent five night stay.
The studio was well maintained and cleaned every day to a high standard. We appreciated in particular the range of teas and toiletries which were replenished every day.
Both Karina and Lynn were most helpful and contributed significantly to a most enjoyable and relaxed stay.
A small downside – if you’re sensitive to noise at night, avoid studio 6. You can hear the boiler fire up first thing in the morning. This is a minor gripe in an otherwise faultless stay!
We hope to be back.

John Ostle

Ideal accommodation

We had a wonderful 3 nights staying at Kaka Retreat mid January 2017.
From the unexpected van pick up on arrival to the delivery at the ferry dock on the day we left, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the motel and exploring Stewart Island. The motel certainly has kaka and they are around in the early evening being very entertaining. The motel unit was well set up and had a lovely large living area opening onto the deck with a BBQ. Bathroom had a lovely shower and towel heater. We had a two bedroom unit, one with double bed and the other twin beds. About 5 minutes walk into Oban and set for walks in all directions. Delightfully friendly helpful staff. Highly recommended.

Pam Ostrer

Enjoyable stay

Enjoyable Stay at your lovely retreat. The facilities were superb & met our requirements perfectly.

Karen smith


Very comfortable

Mary Kinsey

a bit of paradise

We absolutely loved our stay at the Kaka Retreat! Lynn gave us such a warm welcome and was available many times for help and advice. My husband particularly enjoyed feeding the Kakas with Lynn. Our room was very comfortable, the amenities were perfect. I appreciated the use of the phone outside the office for local calls I needed to make. We also very much appreciated Lynn picking us up and delivering us again to the ferry.

Carolyn Mangeng

A unique experience

The staff were friendly and helpful, the venue was clean and modern and very conveniently placed. For me, the outstanding feature was the birds. Kaka and tue were very easy to see. Having cooking facilities meant that I could choose when and what to eat, as well as enjoying Oban’s wide range of eating options.
I loved staying on the Island and wish that I’d spent more time there.

Alison Jane Davis

Superb Stay

Kaka Retreat made our stay on Stewart Island most enjoyable! Accommodation was first class, along with first class staff.. The kaka kept us amused and entertained. If you are thinking of going to Stewart Island you must stay at kaka Retreat.

Robert & Joy Dillon

Thank You

Another fantastic stay at the Kaka Retreat. From the moment we booked everything went well, with the wonderful staff promptly dealing with any questions and keeping us informed about arrangements for our pick up from Oban Wharf.
The studio rooms were great, they had everything we needed for our stay, and very comfortable beds. We bought friends with us, and they were most impressed with the facilities, and loved the surroundings.
Thank you again for everything.

Carolyn Fitzgerald

A magical place

I am so glad I picked this place. Warm and comfortable, and the staff were lovely….but the really amazing thing was the garden, and the large group of Kaka ( Native parrots for those who are not familiar with them) who choose to visit, feed and play in it. I spent ages enthralled by these cheeky little clowns. The Kaka retreat is delightful

Andrew Ewen

This place is the jewel…

This place is the jewel in the crown of Stewart Island accommodation. Fantastic accommodation a mere stones throw from Halfmoon Bay. The staff are friendly and the service superb. The facilities are modern, immaculately kept and very comfortable.

Brent. January 2016

Couldn't ask for more…

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

Alan R. February 2016

I really recommend staying here…

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.

Ant and Toni March 2016

Friendliness and helpfulness of the staff…

The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Excellent range of teas and coffees, good breakfasts. The Kaka (Native Parrots) on the balcony. The peace and quiet.

Catherine March 2016

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