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Birds Ferry Lodge
Ranked #1 of 16 Westport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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“A real gem”
Reviewed 23 January 2010

We spent a few days in the Ferry man's Cottage. Alison and Andre were the perfect hosts full of information on things to do in the area. Alison is a magnificent cook, with all produce coming from her garden. The cottage, whilst situated close to a range of drives and walks is also private and secluded and provides the perfect opportunity for relaxation. A beautiful retreat!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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wellington new zealand
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Reviewed 18 January 2010

.. this place is pretty self sufficient it seems and the 40 odd chooks of differing varieties had an old townie like me fairly interested - not to mention the horticulture, most of it inside 'plastic tubes' -corn, asparagrass, tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkin, sweetpea, carots etc etc. We toured the grounds with Alison and gained a bit of insight into this type of country life and a little history of the place - well worth doing when you visit. Whether there is just 2 of you, or a small group looking for a place where you can cook yourself and party a little (in the cottage which is well separate from the lodge) and with a beautiful environment - this is the place. GO.

Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2010

On our way up from Franz Josef to Abel Tasman we needed a place to stay. I can imagine this is a general problem for a lot of travellers up the west coast and that they end up in Westport.

By pure luck, we found and booked the Birds Ferry Lodge. Immediately upon arrival we were greeted by the welcoming Andre and Alison, the owners, and their two lovely friendly little dogs. There is nothing like arriving after a long drive and being welcomed into a great place, sat down, offered a warm cup of tea and chatted to as if you were more than just customers, but actual GUESTS in a place.

Andre and Alison were fabulous - no request was too much for them and my wife and I were bowled over by their great attitude. Andre is also a masseuse and professional guide and is happy to take tours around the area.

Birds Ferry Lodge itself is a very modern lodge in a relatively isolated part of the world. Its location is very impressive and picturesque and the lodge offers modern, clean and spacious accomodation. We chose to relax but the setting is certainly impressive enough to go on several exploratory walks if desired.

We topped off the stay with an excellent breakfast cooked by Alison and were sad to have only spent one day and one night with them.

For people looking for sophisticated, modern welcoming accomodation, we would highly recommend the Birds Ferry Lodge.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, UK
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2009

We arrived here after a long drive and were warmly welcomed by Andre and Alison with home made cakes and tea, just what we needed! The Lodge has a magnificent setting at the end of a track leading from the main road south. The bedrooms are extremely comfortable with lovely bed linen to relax into. The Main seating/dining area is in a beautiful room with wonderful views over a valley to the distant sea, and this room and the bedrooms have a wooden terrace aound them should the weather allow you to sit and dream outside. This place is so relaxed and peaceful, we wished we could have stayed longer. One of our party is a birdwatcher and we did hear a Morepork owl during the night and watched the bird on the feeding station outside in the garden. As we "grow our own" at home we were invited to walk through the vegetable garden and poly tunnels which supply the Lodge, and we met the ducks, chickens and guinea fowl en route. We would encourage guests that want an evening meal at the Lodge, to book this in advance. Not all travel agents tell you this, and it would be a shame to miss Alison's cooking and sampling the produce from the garden! As Andre discovered that I am a bird watcher we had a conducted tour of the scrubby land beyond the garden where we had some wonderfully close up views of Fernbirds which we otherwise wouldn't have seen, so well do they hide themselves in the undergrowth. I don't know where the disgruntled reviewer stayed, but it certainly wasn't in the same Lodge as we visited. We would certainly love to return.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2009

Located in bushy surroundings, with picturesque views. Privacy is ensured. Food and service is the best that we experianced on our south Island trip. Alison and Andre have captured true New Zealand country feel. Our wedding photos were beautiful, and would recomend to any one wanting a peaceful relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2009

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!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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birdsferrylodge, owner at Birds Ferry Lodge, responded to this review, 17 October 2009
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back another time.
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Okarito
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

We stayed in the cottage and, after a wonderful visit with hosts Alison and Andre, and armed with loads of maps, places to visit, walk and discover, we proceeded to relax more in 3 days than we did in 2 weeks in Rarotonga! The peacefulness of the property, the outdoor bath while being serenaded by bellbirds, and the discovery of the diversity of environment one finds here on the West Coast was wonderful. The cottage had everything (and more) we needed. We highly recommend a stay whether passing through or looking to unwind for a few days - marvelous!
Paula & Swade - Okarito, West Coast, NZ

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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birdsferrylodge, owner at Birds Ferry Lodge, responded to this review, 14 October 2009
Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.See you next time!
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Property: Birds Ferry Lodge
Address: Birds Ferry Road, RD 2, Westport 7865, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Westport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Birds Ferry Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 3
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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