Observation Rock Lodge
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