I stayed in the cottage with friends for only one night. I could have stayed one week. The location is a bit remote, but this provides lots of native bush and birds for a feeling of solitude and nature at its best. I would prefer the cottage over the lodge too, simply because I like my space. Andre and Alison are very friendly and welcoming, no doubt great hosts if you are in the lodge with them! The dogs are gems.
The cottage has everything you need, and more! Loved the information provided on the area, loved the wood burner, loved the garden. The two bedrooms are both very comfortable, as are the couches in the lounge. I wanted to curl up for days with all my supplies (and maybe a trip to the pizza place!), my partner, and a book. I wanted to explore the beaches, the walks, the grounds. I want to go back!
- 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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