Beech Bach

Beech Bach 14 Thule Rd, Watercress Bay, Oban Stewart Island view on map
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Beech Bach is a fully self contained tiny house (36 square metres) the width of the road and some steps from the golden sands of Watercress Beach. It has large windows for panoramic views across Paterson Inlet and Ulva Island.

It is perfect for one couple - not suitable for children.

Sit and watch the ever changing panorama of weather, boats, birds and, if you are lucky, dolphins and seals. Or walk along the beach at low tide and explore the rock pools.

Located a few minutes walk from Golden Bay it is the perfect base for exploring by water taxi or walking on one of the many tracks. Raroa Walk linking to the Fuchsia Walk to Oban is just a few metres away while the Ryans Creek and Deep Bay tracks are a few hundred metres in opposite directions.

Kiwi have been seen on the beach opposite in the early morning before dawn and after dusk while kaka, kereru, tui, bellbirds, tomtits and many other bush and sea birds, including little blue and yellow eyed penguins, can be seen during the day.

Deer have been known to come up the path and carry on up the section behind the bach.

The tariff includes use of a car and transfers to and from ferry or plane. Please note that on confirmation of booking you will receive the contact details for Fiona our manager. We require that you advise her of your travel plans at least 3 days prior to arrival to ensure prompt collection from your transport. If you have departure details these would be appreciated.T

here are some basic supplies such as milk,flour,sugar,rice,oil and seasonings. A well stocked 4 Square has other supplies and the Kai Kart and the South Seas Hotel have dine in and take aways. If you have special dietary requirements we advise taking these from the mainland to ensure adequate supplies.

The kitchen is very well equipped with fridge/icebox, dishwasher, microwave, gas hob, range hood, electric frypan, slow cooker, and full range of utensils, glassware and crockery.

Heated by an efficient diesel heater with double glazed windows it's easy to stay warm and cozy.

The bed has an electric blanket, thick mattress topper, wool and feather duvets. Please note there is a step up to the bed as there is storage underneath.

Freeview TV, a selection of DVDs, games and books will keep you entertained after dark.

Water supply is rain water gravity fed from a tank at the top of the hill. Each mm of rainfall gives 30 litres of water so moderate conservation is required. Drinking water is filtered. Hot water is gas heated.

Built in the 1940s Beech Bach features on many postcards and publications. After falling into disrepair in the 2000s it has been extensively renovated to an "as new" standard with some special features sure to delight those with an appreciation of the quaint and quirky.
A major effort has been made to utilise recycled materials in their original purpose or repurposing in creative ways while making the most of the available space.

As there are 22 steps from the road to the entrance it is not recommended for those with mobility issues. i.e you need to be able to carry your luggage and yourself up the steps.

Beech Bach bookings are managed by Liz on the mainland. The operation of Beech Bach is managed by Fiona and Heath on the island. It is they who will collect you and return you to your transport and introduce you to the bach. It is imperative that they have your arrival and departure details at least 3 days ahead of your scheduled arrival otherwise due to other guest commitments they may not be able to collect you immediately on arrival.

  • Airport shuttle
  • Balcony/Courtyard
  • Board Games
  • Boat Ramp
  • Check-in Time: 2:00pm
  • Check-out Time: 10:30am
  • Clothesline
  • Courtesy Vehicle
  • Designated smoking area
  • DVD Player
  • Free parking
  • Freeview
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Guest Laundry
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library
  • Lounge Area with Fireplace
  • Non Smoking
  • Parking - Free
  • Shower Facilities
Beech Bach
  • Lovely little house, super views and really well equipped. Pick up service and car excellent. Stewart Island great place!!! 5
    JAN KNIGHT - Jan 31, 2019 (Stayed Jan 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks Jan. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Beech Bach
  • A great experience all around. Very well organised and comfortable. Would definitely recommend. 5
    JOHN TREVITHICK - Mar 28, 2018 (Stayed Mar 2018) Travelbug verified review
Beech Bach
  • Great Time Great Place 5
    ANDREW SMITH - Jan 18, 2018 (Stayed Jan 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Beech Bach
  • We had a beautiful couple of days at Beech Bach in December. The place itself is wonderful, comfortable with a great view and well stocked kitchen. The property managers made us feel really welcome and helped us out with some great local advice. Having a car to get around made a huge difference in how much we could explore the island. We hadn't planned to go to Ulva Island, but every local we met suggested it, and when we did we spent a whole afternoon there and loved it. In all a great place to stay on Stewart Island. 5
    CHRIS SANDERSON - Jan 16, 2018 (Stayed Dec 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review for Beech Bach. Delighted you enjoyed our quirky wee place and that Fiona and Heath looked after you.
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Beech Bach
  • Absolutely perfect batch, fitted with everything you would need for a relaxed getaway. Loved the fact that the house came with a loan car too. The kitchen was brilliant, and we found that it came with everything you'd need. Perfect stay. 5
    DAGAN XAVIER - Jan 4, 2018 (Stayed Dec 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you very much for taking time to review Beech Bach & we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Have a very happy 2018. Kind regards Sue
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Beech Bach
  • From pick up at the Ferry terminal by Fiona to our too early departure 4 days later everything was wonderful , even the weather ! The Bach is very cosy with everything you need and a very comfortable bed elevated so you can lie with a cup of tea watching the boats and birds go by. 5
    JAN WALSH - Mar 11, 2017 (Stayed Feb 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Glad you enjoyed your stay Jan & thanks for your review.
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Beech Bach
  • Lovedthe beach bach. Very cute, rustic and romantic with stunning views. Did not want to leave. 5
    DON RANSON - Feb 23, 2017 (Stayed Feb 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for your review. So glad you love it as much as we do.
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