Resolution Bay Cabins

Resolution Bay is near the end of Queen Charlotte Sound, just after Endeavour Inlet, and the last stop before Ship Cove.  Patricia and the late Graeme Sowman have owned and run the holiday cabins for the past 40 years, and now their daughters Deb and Anne operate the camp, offering a number of small comfortable but basic cabins to families and groups holidaying and adventuring in the Queen Charlotte Sound, as well as walkers of the Queen Charlotte Track.

Location of Resolution Bay

Dig out your jandals, bring your togs, take your watch off, leave your cellphone at home, and be prepared for total disconnection from the fast paced modern world.  Some of the visiting regulars are by now third generation visitors from families who have been coming for the past 40 years! The bay is protected as a marine reserve and you can feed the tame cod directly off the jetty. The area is ideal for afternoon walks to explore, with tracks in both directions around the bay, towards Ship Cove and around up to the Queen Charlotte Track to Endeavour Inlet. There’s also a  rocky shore to relax on and explore and from which to enjoy complimentary use of the kayaks.

Cabin kitchen at Resolution Bay Cabins

The main building with iconic signage, is visible as you approach the wharf, and scattered up through the valley are numerous cabins, bunkhouses and outbuildings, reminiscent of foresters huts and school camp cabins, quaint and comfortable.

Some units are self-contained with small kitchens, and all cabins have the use (by prior arrangement) of the well appointed shared cookhouse and dining room. Bring your own bedding or arrange linen at a small extra charge. Moorings are available if you’re bringing your boat, with a fixed wharf for unloading, or the Cougar Line water taxi stops in most days for drop off and collections. Reso is well placed if you’re out fishing, with proximity to good fishing grounds outside of the “Challenger East” area.

The bay is rich in history, located in the region where a thriving community was once located serving the nearby antimony mines. A school operated on and off (depending on the number of children) from 1904 onwards, and  the teacher would board in a local farmer’s house. In the 1905 election there were 17 voters in the bay, which suggests quite a community. Even by the late 1920s, the school was still running and farming families lived around the bay.

With the generator only running for a few hours in the early evening, you should appreciate candle light, gas cooking facilities, love the warmth of gas powered hot showers and log fires, and be prepared to “switch off”. Resolution Bay Cabins provide a rustic “back to basics” authentic kiwi holiday in a beautiful setting.


Reservations – Call 03 579 9411



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