I stayed at the Birds Ferry Cottage with my husband and friends (another couple) for a couple of nights. There was absolutley nothing that Alison and Andre could have thought of to make our stay more perfect. We especially loved the breakfast with home made yogart, muslie, bread, preserves, fresh free range eggs and bacon, juice etc. The evening meal was delivered to our cottage. Alison is a wonderful cook and she caters for vegetarians also. My meal was so delicious everyone wished they'd ordered it! I'd love the recipie Alison :) . No need to BYO wine as you can buy great local wines at the cottage. We'd been traveling for a week so did all our washing and drying. Wonderful!
We watched "Whale Rider" after our meal, which added to the atmosphere of The West Coast. It was very cosy having the fire too and warm rugs. It could be an awsome romantic escape too.
It's a great area to explore. We went on the Charlston Glow worm tour, which was one of the highlights of our holiday. The guide was superb.
We would like to stay a week next time and explore the area more. So much to see and do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Birds Ferry Lodge where you will enjoy a wilderness location just North of Punakaiki. This modern and stylish solid timber lodge features comfortable en-suite rooms with baths & balconies with superb mountain, bush and ocean views. The Self-contained cottage "Ferry Man’s Cottage" in its own private garden is perfect for couples seeking privacy or families needing space for children to run. The twin garden baths with hot piped water are a popular ‘kiwiana’ feature! On-site masseuse and day spa. Alison enjoys sourcing local fish and lamb for use in the Lodge kitchen. We grow almost all of the fresh produce used in the kitchen in our 1 hectare vegetable garden along with our own free range eggs from very happy chickens. Be sure to book a dinner which will be a highlight of your stay! FREE WIFI. Nearby are Norwest Adventures, Charleston where you can explore ancient limestone caves and see millions of glow worms. Stay 2 nights to enjoy 10% off the price of this tour. Also nearby is Tauranga Bay where you can view one of New Zealand’s large fur seal colonies and enjoy a scenic cliff top walk to the light house. Stay 2 nights & enjoy a complimentary tailor made local tour with Andre as well as a reduced tariff. NEW for 2011/12 is the "Denniston Experience" which is a short drive from Birds Ferry Lodge. This is a guided trip into a historic coal mine and is outstanding. ... more less
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