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Observation Rock Lodge

7 Leonard Street Oban, Stewart Island 9846 New Zealand
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Secluded island hideaway, fully catered, luxurious wellness retreat - newly opened! Soak up panoramic Paterson Inlet views, stunning sunsets and the bath tub under the stars. Relax while delighting in gourmet meals and service at your stylish, spacious lodge. Private park like gardens and luxuriant native bush setting with prolific birdlife visiting. Private decks, outdoor hot tub, sauna. Courtesy shuttle. Free wireless internet. Close to village but away from the busy bay, perfect access to walks and activities. Perfect for celebrating special events.
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Donna G wrote a review 23 Feb
Stamford, Connecticut46 contributions10 helpful votes
This place is a gem and Annette is a terrific host. Our room on the main floor was perfect - quiet, homey, awesome view, and many little touches that made us feel we were visiting a favorite relative. Large delicious breakfast and wonderful chats with Annette were a perfect start to our day. Wish we could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bazzamat wrote a review 15 Feb
Glasgow, United Kingdom53 contributions29 helpful votes
The location alone would justify 5 stars for this wonderful lodge. We were on the upper floor and had stunning views across the inlet. We were also lucky enough to have a clear night and marvelled at the stars from the balcony. We received a wonderfully warm welcome from Annett and she created a very homely and relaxing atmosphere for us and four other guests. Her home cooked meals were delicious.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sheila Astle wrote a review 13 Feb
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Wonderful! We stayed 3 nights at Observation Rock Lodge in February 2024. Annett has thought of absolutely everything to make this an extremely comfortable, welcoming and happy place to stay. Her local knowledge and advice about the island and activities was very helpful and her cooking was excellent. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you, Annett.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mareike B wrote a review 8 Feb
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Beautiful place to spend some time on this incredible island. Perfectly located just a short walk to the village. Close to one of the best sunset viewing places. Annett is a really warming and caring host. Enjoy a beautiful green Paradiese.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Tanja F wrote a review Jan 2024
Richland Center, Wisconsin8 contributions4 helpful votes
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What a wonderful lodge! Beautiful garden, the nicest rooms with spectacular views over the ocean and Stewart & Ulva Island along with a really nice host. She helped us organise our activities, knew where to go and what tours and hikes to pick. And the breakfast was superb! Different every day. We enjoyed the stay a lot and will remember it for long! We also enjoyed a wonderful dinner cooked by Annett and it was very delicious and quite something for the eye too. Well worth every penny! Thank you so mich Annett! <3
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Annett Eiselt, Inhaber at Observation Rock Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
It was wonderful to have you here for your honeymoon - thanks again and all best to you both! Aurora Australis next time ;-) we had some nice ones just lately. It was lovely to see the two of you enjoying your time and take in all the fantastic wildlife encounters and the quiet. Kind regards from the island, Annett (and Hoppy the Kaka says Hello too)
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Jasmine S wrote a review Jan 2024
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This is a little gem. Annette has created a wonderful peaceful escape from the business of the world. The lodge is surrounded by trees, with a beautiful garden and birds flying over your balcony. Annette is a lovely caring and attentive host who genuinely wants your stay on Stewart Island to be as special as possible. She knows a huge amount about the wildlife on Stewart Island and is happy to share this. And the breakfasts are absolutely delicious!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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BoardingPass557542 wrote a review Nov 2023
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This was our first time visiting Stewart Island and it was a privilege to stay in the comfort of our private haven “Starlight Loft”. We only stayed for two nights and wish we could have stayed longer. Annett arranged pickup and drop off from the airport, provided maps and information and was very eager to see that our experience of the island was maximised. I recommend the Deluxe Package as the meals are not only delicious but a feast for the eyes. The bird life is just unbelievable and the tour of her garden was heaven. We were captivated by Annett’s knowledge and passion for the island and her deep desire to bring people back to nature. This lady is the perfect host!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sarah A wrote a review Nov 2023
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We were lucky enough to have the best room with the very best view, and highly recommend that you try to book this room if you are able to. My husband was able to take a time-lapse video from our room of the aurora because we were blessed with one clear night and great conditions. Annette is a wonderful host, and has cultivated a fantastic place with a beautiful garden. Stewart Island has been the highlight of our trip. Make it yours, it deserves a stay!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Annett Eiselt, Inhaber at Observation Rock Lodge
Responded 18 Dec 2023
Thank you Sarah - it was a pleasure to host you both and see you enjoying the place. It was wisely chosen for the observation of the Aurora Southern Lights (we had more good ones lately) - what a blessing we have it right in front of us, all rooms/ beds facing towards this direction! I am glad you got to see this show put on by nature, and also did see Kiwi in their natural habitat here. All best and kind regards from Annett
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Amy C wrote a review Nov 2023
Kutchan-cho, Japan1 contribution
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Observation Rock Lodge is a modern European home with all the best New Zealand finishing touches. We stayed 3 nights in the Starlight Loft with the Deluxe package. Annett is an amazing host. We were greeted at the ferry station with a short ride to ORL, where Annett gave us a warm welcome tour. Perfectly situated on a hill facing Golden Bay, ORL offers fantastic views of the bay, the smaller islands, mountains, and forests surrounding the Lodge. The Starlight Loft offers privacy with fantastic large window views and a small private balcony. It had an incredibly comfortable bed that allowed us to enjoy the view of changing weather over the water from the warm comfort of our room. The bathroom was well appointed, with a hot shower, deep soaking bathtub, heater, toiletries, and a garden view. Annett is a perfect host, who is a talented chef, outdoorsman, conservationist, and artistic soul. Her strong love for Stewart Island and conserving the birds and natural habitat led to interesting tips for our stay. Annett helped us book a kiwi spotting tour and water taxi to Ulva Island. She gave us great hiking route ideas when she learned we love trail running. With the Deluxe package, Annett cooked us amazing breakfasts and dinners, leveraging herbs and vegetables from her garden and local seafood caught daily. Our laundry was cleaned and folded for a small fee, which was convenient since we’ve been traveling for a week with a lot of hiking clothes. Annett gave us a garden tour, showcasing her gardening intertwined with the forest lush vegetation. ORL was conveniently located between Oban’s town center in Thompson Bay and Golden Bay. We walked easily downtown in 10 min, enjoyed the ease to hiking trails, and convenience to Ulva Island. Observation Rock Lodge is a great getaway with the warm New Zealand charm.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be prepared for 4 seasons in a day, and enjoy the changing weather from ORL’s scenic views
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Response from Annett Eiselt, Inhaber at Observation Rock Lodge
Responded 18 Nov 2023
Thank you very much. I am so glad I could contribute to your wonderful experiences on this New Zealand journey. It was a pleasure to have you staying and you are always welcome back. Hope you enjoy the Milford track now with good hiking weather too. All best to you both and kind regards from Stewart Island, Annett
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Kirsten wrote a review Oct 2023
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If you're looking for a genuine B&B experience for excellent value on Stewart Island, this is your place. This lodge is a beautiful, quiet hideaway with exquisite meals, and views from each room that are unmatched anywhere else in Oban (the most touted lookout point in town is a couple doors down the street). Because the lodge has only three rooms, your stay here is customized; Annett takes great care in ensuring your room and meals are suited to any preferences, and takes time to recommend and help arrange any activities on the island based on your interests. The lodge and rooms themselves are lovely, luxuriously comfortable, and clean. Want to soak in a tub and collapse into a fluffy bed after a full day of hiking and biking the island? Done. Need to spend a day lazing in a lounge chair in a secluded garden with a book while enjoying views and rare birds? You're covered there too. This lodge truly becomes your home away from home from the moment you step on the property. While quietly removed from the town center, restaurants (although you won't want to eat anywhere else after having Annett's cooking) and activities are a pleasant 5-10 minute walk down the hill. One of the most beautiful nature walks in town, Raroa Walk, is steps from the driveway. Pro tip: grab some grilled fish and coleslaw from Kai Kart and post up at the nearby rugby field at dusk for kiwi spotting -- your commute back to the lodge is about 2 minutes' walking. One of the greatest joys of staying in a lodge like this is an owner who shares their dedication to caring for the beautiful island and its resources. This is the difference between merely visiting, and experiencing a deeper appreciation for the island and its locals who work so hard to preserve its beauty for future visitors. Annett strikes a perfect balance between encouraging guests to use anything they need for comfort, while stewarding responsible use of resources. My stay here was a highlight of traveling in New Zealand!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 14 Oct 2023
Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback - it was a pleasure having you visiting! All best, and looking forward to seeing you back whenever you are longing for New Zealand and beautiful Stewart Island.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Observation Rock Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Observation Rock Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (2.8 km), Rakiura Museum (0.5 km), and Rakiura Track (4.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Observation Rock Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Observation Rock Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Observation Rock Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Observation Rock Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.
Does Observation Rock Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Observation Rock Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Observation Rock Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Observation Rock Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bunkhouse Theatre (0.5 km).
Does Observation Rock Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.