If there is one negative thing to be said about Stewart Island, it must be about the overall standard of accommodations, which is nothing special (and the backpacker operations are fairly grim), but there is a good range of holiday homes available for rent. Remember that summer accommodations are often booked months in advance. Bay Motel, 9 Dundee St., Half Moon Bay (; tel. 03/219-1119), is one I would recommend. It has 12 modern units (NZ$165-NZ$185), plus two two-bedroom apartments (NZ$200). Opt for the newer, quieter, motel rooms (NZ$85-NZ$155) over the older hotel rooms at South Sea Hotel, Elgin Terrace (; tel. 03/219-1059), which has the advantage of being right on the waterfront in the heart of the village.

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