We needed to 'get away from it all' and see a part of South Island that we had somehow missed in the past. Andre and Alison at Birds Ferry Lodge were able to provide all of that and more: they added a warm welcome and friendly touch as well. The Ferry Mans Cottage is situated in an idyllic setting for relaxing, with only ducks on the nearby ponds and birds in the trees for company. We had 3 days of stunningly-warm weather and fortunately the cottage is conveniently positioned to exploit the cooler sea breezes.
Andre is a veritable mine of information on local history. We particularly appreciated the walks he took us on through areas of old gold diggings near Charleston and the now-abandoned coal mines of Denniston.
All in all it was a wonderful place to stay and Andre and Alison proved to be warm and friendly 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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