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Birds Ferry Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was the perfect place to get away as a family. The cottage was warm, nothing like a wood burner. Kids relieved that there was internet. Some classic dvd's to chill out in the evenings watching. I loved the outdoor bath, lying back and looking at the stars and listening to the sea crashing close by, and to the evening sounds around you. The beds where comfortable, the house was spotless. You are made to feel very welcome. I would highly recommend staying here.

We have been staying at Birds Ferry Lodge for 2 nights in March and we are still very excited. Alison and André did their best to make us feel good and at home, breakie and dinner have been organic and characteristic. The place is peaceful and a good starting point to visit Pancake Rocks, the Seal Colony and Walking Tours through scenic Trails. We love it and would like to come again!

Nice and very friendly room made of wood in a wonderful country side, warm welcome, good food cooked by Allison, plenty of valuable advices given by Andre..and we shared our experience with some other guests ...

The setting and landscaping for the Birds Ferry Lodge are incredible, the pictures do not do it justice. A large private pond with ducks, a handmade bench to watch the sunset, a lawn big enough to play croquet, and a veranda that just invites a nice glass of wine and a book. Plenty of space for a family of 5. Fresh eggs and bread for breakfast. I wished we had stayed longer.

Our recent stay at Birds Ferry Lodge was truly wonderful. Alison and Andre are very welcoming hosts and their lodge is beautiful. Spending two nights at Birds Ferry gave us an opportunity to enjoy great meals, excellent wine and the best conversation. Alison is a consummate chef. She was very helpful with this couple and their dietary issues. Great breakfast and a great selection of local cheeses! The lodge’s location put us at the center of stunning vistas and super hikes. Andre is well versed on the South Island, providing us with ample, knowledgeable suggestions for those on tour. We had a quiet room and a great bed. Everything was clean and well appointed. A visit to Alison’s garden is a must. We’ve stayed at many B&B’s over the years and throughout the world, so we can say with experience that Birds Ferry is undoubtedly one of the finest.

I have stayed with Alison & Andre a few times now as I find the spot so relaxing and very tranquil, it’s a far cry from busy city life. I love the rooms and the privacy they provide, the beds are always beautiful with amazingly soft linens I truely feel like I’m lying on a cloud. The food is beautiful representation of what season we are in and comes from the amazing tunnel houses and gardens on the property. I love having a tour of the tunnels from Alison and it’s something I look forward to on my visit to the West Coast.

I stayed at Birds Ferry Lodge for two nights in February 2018 under somewhat unusual circumstances. On my second day there, Cyclone Gita hit the lodge full force, potentially stranding me in Westport. Hosts Alison and Andre could not have been more comforting and accommodating under these extreme circumstances. To begin with, as I did not have a car, Alison picked me up at the bus station upon my arrival, arranged for a taxi to take me to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes (a must for a stay in Westport), and throughout my stay treated me more as a friend of the family than a hotel guest. She and Andre allayed my fears about the coming storm, having weathered a similar one just two weeks prior. On the day I was scheduled to depart, the roads out of town were closed so the only way out was by plane, which I was unaware was an option until Alison informed me. She then assisted me in arranging the flight. If I had to ride out a cyclone, I couldn't imagine a better place! The lodge is gorgeously rustic, nestled in a lush valley with majestic mountains surrounding and a view of the Tasman Sea. The interior is tastefully and warmly appointed, and my room (one of only two for guests) was cozy and opened to a deck with that awesome view of the valley and sea. Alison is a highly accomplished cook; the included breakfast consists of several options cooked to order. Dinner is optional, but definitely opt for it! I enjoyed two delicious three course gourmet meals (very decadent desserts!), which included a bottle of wine in the price. As I was pretty much stranded without a car, Alison offered me lunch as well at no additional charge. Birds Ferry Lodge is a unique spot to create some cherished memories, make some new friends, and savor the true charm and beauty of New Zealand’s West Coast.

Room has limited privacy, you must pull the curtain on the slider, besides being ordered to keep the slider closed. Room basic but pleasant. View of cut pines/recovering bush and construction equipment - near the ocean but no ocean view. Food mediocre, overpriced Hosts may be in the wrong business, not very client happiness oriented. Numerous other bnb at this price point deliver greater value and comfort

Wonderful experience away from the crowd. Beautiful surroundings, excellent accommodations, delicious food, and gracious hosts. Allison and Andre were great to hang out with and very helpful in planning activities in the area. Enjoyed every minute of our stay.

If you want something a little different and luxurious during your holiday in South Island look no further thst this gem near Westport.We stayed only one night at the Lodge which was beautifully designed and decorated. The bedroom was very comfortable with an amazing view.We had dinner with other guests which was fun.Alison and Andre are very welcoming hosts and the food was delicious.Much of the produce was homegrown in the cottage garden. We could not recommend this accomodation highly enough and our only regret is that we could only book for one night.The coastline drive from Birds Ferry to Greymouth is spectacular too.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Birds Ferry Lodge places you 6.3 mi (10.2 km) from Underworld Adventures and 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from Coaltown Museum. This 5-room, 4-star bed & breakfast has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. It's on a lake and also within a 30-minute drive of Miner's Brewery and Tauranga Bay Seal Colony.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Birds Ferry Lodge, the bed & breakfast's onsite restaurant.


The 5 individually decorated accommodations feature patios and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Refrigerators, coffee makers, and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Birds Ferry Lodge, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, spa treatment rooms, and free use of bicycles. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Front-desk staff can help with luggage storage, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Other amenities at this spa bed & breakfast include express check-in, express check-out, and a terrace.

Room options

Ferry Mans Cottage

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Grand View Ensuite, Dinner Bed and Breakfast

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Luxury Bed and breakfast

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Totara Valley King

King 1 | Sleeps 2