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Birds Ferry Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

We stayed in the cottage for a night, it was a lovely tranquil spot. We also had the dinner at the lodge, the food was great, however we got an earful from Alison how hard it was with the new booking companies...blah blah blah, it went on and on. Didn’t really appreciate having to make our own breakfast, if we wanted hot, the next morning. We were on motorcycles and during checkout only one of us drove up to the lodge to checkout and were greeted by a very cold Alison with a snear when we pulled up. Andre was very helpful and genuinely friendly the entire time as a positive side note

Very pleasant accommodation and very amenable and nice owners . We booked dinner which is advisable as the accommodation is in the middle of no where . Food was very tasty , and breakfast was so very yummy Would not recommend staying if you don’t like joining others for dinner and making that small talk one has to when meeting new people at the same dinner table / pre dinner drinks situation Rooms were very clean , tidy and we had a great nights sleep

Birds Ferry Road Charleston

Hotel highlights

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

Birds Ferry Lodge places you within a 15-minute drive of popular attractions such as Underworld Adventures and Coaltown Museum. This 5-room, 4-star bed & breakfast has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. On a lake, the B&B is also within a 20-minute drive of Miner's Brewery and Tauranga Bay Seal Colony.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast. 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. Housekeeping is available once per stay.

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. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and a terrace.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 287 reviews