Husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. Initially, a little difficult to find. Just off the main road, take a very long, gravel drive to the cottage. There, you are warmly greeted by Alison, Andre and their two very friendly dogs. Then you are shown into your beautiful room and prepare for dinner. If you so choose (and I highly recommend doing so), pay a little extra to sit down to Alison's wonderful cooking and open a bottle of wine. Incredibly relaxing, incredibly quaint setting. Beds were very comfortable. Then follow-up your wonderful night's sleep with an extravagant breakfast prepared by Alison. This was a great little cottage and wonderful hosts. Alison and Andre really go the extra mile to inform you about the area, about New Zealand, and also to make sure you are on time for your next activity! We were scheduled to go cave rafting the next day, they called the cave rafting company for us and confirmed us and the shuttle, and they also left their contact number just in case anything with the scheduling changed.
- 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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