This place has it all, great B&B accommodation, friendly hosts who still enjoy what they do. The best is, for serious birders wanting to see the elusive fern bird, it is an easy board walk through the wetlands.
Jenny has locating them down pat, forget the normal rules of birding, talk, make noise with your feet and whistle and take the two corgis for extra noise. Curiosity gets the better of this shy bird and for seconds only, it pops out to see what the racket is about. If you are lucky, it flies to a higher perch and you realise this bird was not made for flying but scuttling though the wetland reed beds that are waist high.
That's why you need Jenny and the board walk right throughout the middle of this private sanctuary.
A bonus is the pied fantail gathering in masses around you. Their extraordinary beautiful tails fanning to scare up insects. A fun and cheery bird.
If you can't stay and what a shame it is if you don't, Jenny will take you out for a personal tour for the paltry sum of $20. Best $20 I have invested in a bird guide. By the tenth fern bird I was one happy birder.
Be warned don't look for the yellow signs to Fern Bird board walk, they have been taken down. If you do follow some yellow signs you will end up in a conservation regeneration area without a fern bird in sight.
Just drive to the end of Grant Road and look for number 197. Your fern bird adventure is about to start.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5 Minutes drive from Invercargill airport and 25 minutes to the port of Bluff, our comfortable secluded eco friendly B&B is situated on 4.5 Hectares of private reserve with a population of South Island fernbirds. It is the perfect place to stay before travelling to Stewart Island or Catlins or as a base to explore Southland. Wake up to the dawn chorus of Tuis and Bellbirds. A slice of New Zealand the way it used to be. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bushy Point Fernbirds Bed And Breakfast Invercargill, New Zealand - South Island