We are a family of five and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kaka Retreat. The place is simply amazing and is well catered for families. We were impressed with the facilities provided and the modern furnishing that surrounds it. The complimentary transport from the depot and back is also much appreciated, thanks Lynn. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who plans to have a good time in Stewart Island. You guys rock!!
A wonderful stay with our family of 4 at the wonderful Kaka retreat. Corrina was amazing – nothing was a problem. A real bush oasis with the friendly Kaka & beautifully clean & tidy units & grounds. Would recommend Kaka Retreat to anyone wanting a memorable visit to Stewart Island.
What a terrific stay at Kaka Retreat, the cottage was brilliant, serviced every day and the bed was fabulous, wish mine at home was as good. The place was clean, spotless in fact with all appliances modern and sparkling. The bathroom was terrific with great shower and everything you could possibly want in the way of shampoos and soaps. There were many free extras in the tea, coffee and jam range with extra honey and marmalade.
The manager Karina organized a hire car for us which helped as one of our number had a broken arm, but it really made the stay easier. I recommend the Kaka Retreat to anyone as a top place to stay on Stuart Island, close to everything and beautifully serviced. They also taxied us to the ferry and back.
Memorable, we’ll be back!
Many thanks Karina.
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.
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.
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 !
Danielle (your Island is also wonderful)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoyable Stay at your lovely retreat. The facilities were superb & met our requirements perfectly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.