My husband and I stayed here a couple of years ago for one night during a motorcycle tour of the South Island. The reason for leaving a review now is that, despite travelling widely for business and leisure, we are STILL recounting our stories of this as simply the worst place we have ever stayed. Apart from being made to feel hugely unwelcome by the hosts (who varied between being just unhelpful and at times downright rude) we would also concur with the frustrations of other travellers about the multitude of instructions about what we could and couldn't do. Upon arrival we were told that they were cooking a vegetarian dinner that evening for other guests which they 'supposed' they could stretch to include us as well but at a price that would have made your eyes water. Tired from the day we used the hot tub on the verandah and might have enjoyed the fantastic views a little more if it wasn't for our hosts very obviously monitoring our every move. If we could have found alternative local accommodation that night we would have left and stayed elsewhere, but we couldn't and instead opted to escape for the evening to a charming local pizzeria. Looking back, the setting was indeed wonderful, it just seemed a pity that we couldn't enjoy it because of the uncomfortable atmosphere caused by the hosts.
- 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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