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Kaka Retreat - Stewart Island
Self contained and serviced
accommodation - All enquiries welcome
Studios from $199
Where tranquillity & ambience merge seamlessly
with great service in the heart of Stewart Island.
Sit back, Relax, Unwind, You're in good hands!
7-9 Miro Crescent,
Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island
FP 0800 500 252
Kaka Retreat - Stewart Island
part of the plan
Gorgeous getaway: Escape to Kaka
Retreat, Stewart Island.
Stewart Island is a beautiful part of
our country, which surprisingly,
one in 20 New Zealanders has
If you are looking for tranquillity,
ambience and great service, Kaka
Retreat is a really beautiful and
We cordially invite you to book a
short winter break with us at Kaka
Retreat, Stewart Island. Our small,
intimate complex is nestled in a
peaceful bush garden setting,
which enables guests to unwind,
while the local restaurants, shops
and activity providers are all just a
short stroll away.
Whether you are a couple, family,
or small group of up to 20 people,
we can meet your accommodation
Kaka Retreat offers a selection of
two and three-bedroom cottage
units and superior studio suites,
grouped for privacy as well as
appreciation of the surrounding
For your convenience, all guest
toiletries, towels and linen are
provided. And while you are out and
about exploring our lovely Island,
we will service your room.
Enjoy the visiting kaka (native
parrot), tui, and bellbirds. Sit on your
deck and let the cheeky kaka
entertain you. Quiet surroundings
make us the peace lovers', bird
watchers' and photographers'
Come in as our guest and leave as
a friend: Sit back, relax, and unwind,
you're in good hands.
A spicy winter warmer
By SARAH TURPITT
With the onset of the cooler weather,
it's soup time -- nutritious, packed
full of flavour and incredibly easy
The key to a making a good soup is
to use good ingredients. Ripe
vegetables have the most flavour,
while a really rich homemade stock
can provide essential minerals as
well as a delicious base for your
There are a lot of late summer
vegetables still easily available at
great prices. Check out your vegie
shop for ripe tomatoes, courgettes
Moroccan spiced pumpkin
and tomato soup
Intensify your regular pumpkin soup
with the addition of fresh and sun-
dried tomatoes. Spices lend a little
fire to this already rich dish, making
it an excellent winter warmer.
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 1G2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 1G2 Tbsp smoked paprika
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1G2 pumpkin, peeled, cut into chunks
4 ripe, skinned tomatoes, or 1 tin
1G2 cup sundried tomatoes
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 L chicken stock
Heat a large pan and dry-roast the
cumin, coriander and sesame seeds
for a couple of minutes until they are
fragrant and beginning to colour.
Remove from the heat and grind in a
spice grinder or pound in a mortar
and pestle. Add the paprika. Set to
Heat the olive oil in the same pan,
and saute the onion and garlic until
they start to colour. Add the spices.
Add the pumpkin, tomatoes and sun-
dried tomatoes, and cook for a fur-
ther five minutes or so.
Add the red wine vinegar and
allow to partially evaporate. Add the
chicken stock and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and
continue to cook for 20 to 30 minutes.
Blend the soup and adjust the
seasoning with salt to taste. Serve
garnished with a dollop of natural
yoghurt and a few crispy onions.
For the crispy onions
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, peeled and finely sliced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1G2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the
onions and seeds, and cook until
golden brown, stirring regularly.
Remove from the heat and drain
on kitchen paper before sprinkling
with the smoked paprika and
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