Ob­ser­va­tion Rock Lodge

NZ Life & Leisure - - Destination/ Stewart Island -

High above Pater­son In­let is the home of a for­mer Ger­man theatre man­ager and a reg­is­tered nurse turned salmon farmer, An­nett Eiselt. Own­ing a lodge wasn’t re­ally in the plans for An­nett, but she fell in love with the prop­erty and, af­ter mov­ing in, de­cided the view de­served to be shared. So, she turned one of the build­ings into cosy ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The lodge has three bed­rooms, all with views and one even has a bath on the deck. There is a fully equipped kitchen but, once guests try some of An­nett’s home-cook­ing, it tends to go unused. Book in ad­vance and en­joy a multi-course din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, pre­pared on­site and served as the sun goes down over the in­let. And while you’re there, say hello to Hoppy the kākā, who hangs around in the hope of charm­ing his favourite ap­ple treats off ad­mir­ing guests. 7 Leonard Street, Oban, (03) 219 1444, ob­ser­va­tion­rock­lodge. co.nz

An­nett Eiselt and Hoppy the kaka

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