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Birds Ferry Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We visited late Feb 2017 and loved our stay at the cottage. Really private - quaint, but with everything you'd want. 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath. Decently equipped kitchen with washer/dryer. Arranged to have a delicious meal in the refrigerator when we arrived - highly recommended! Large private gardens and pond with plenty of hungry ducks (bring bread and they'll love you). Have access to a walking trail(s), but we didn't have time, nor the energy to use them. It was a couple of chill days for us (toured the underground caves nearby - well worth the trip). The drive up to the cottage was superb whenever you were driving along the coast. We liked it so much we wanted to stay additional days, but couldn't rearrange our remaining schedule to make it work. You're so remote that the night sky is amazing - no light pollution - one night we were there, there was a comet exploding over the Pacific and threw out a massive ball of light that was equivalent to turning on a light switch over the entire horizon for a second. I doubt anybody can count on that happening again this century... The cottage is perfect for a family or a couple wanting privacy. Would stay again in a heartbeat. Good value for money.

Lovely place in every way. As nice as the photos are, the reality is even nicer. Gorgeous cottage with many luxurious amenities set very privately on a beautiful property. Wonderful views, super-comfortable accommodation, and the surrounding area is marvelous too. We loved our stay here and hope to be back!

What can I say, this was one of the best places we have stayed on our holidays, the cottage had everthing and much more than we needed, beautiful views, lovely wildlife, delicious fresh free range eggs for our breakfast. Definately planning another trip.

We stayed 2 nights and felt like we were at a home away from home The meals, the rooms, the pups, the discussions were all amazing! Thank you to Alison and Andre You made a wonderful vacation even better!!!! Hugs!

Booked Ferrymans after deciding that we wanted to "go past" Underworld Adventures at Charleston as part of our South Island Sojourn. Importantly for us, it was fully self contained as we were travelling with our own food and two kids. On trips such as this, something has to be cut out of our budget. Thats usually meals. By doing the food ourselves, we can afford to book better accommodation like Ferrymans and attend more of those "star NZ attractions". It was those two outdoor baths that sold me on Ferrymans - as I'm told is a selling point by others and even the owners. After a day in the cold NZ South, nothing beats soaking in a nice hot tub. Conveniently in the middle of nowhere, so those beastly swimming costumes and clothes can be dispensed with. And when that's over, retire to the cabin where a fully prepared slow combustion stove is awaiting just a match in order to whisk away that cold from every corner of the cottage. Heaps of top quality firewood sitting outside in the dry just to keep things that way. As the complimentary washing machine and dryer churns away at the domestic duties left over from rolling through previous motel rooms, you can take sumptuous walks around the property. Then, once returning from your attraction, grab the laptop and complimentary WiFi and do all that farcebooking, planning, photo downloading and gawdknowswhatelse we now all like to do when staying at a cottage in the middle of nowhere. Ferrymans Cottage lived up to all our expectations and is in every way a little bit of independent luxury, complete with views, ducks, chickens and wonderful hosts.

We stayed for 2 nights at the Ferry Man's cottage. It has a beautiful location, with views across the valley, and a small lake. We enjoyed a home cooked meal on the night we arrived, made specifically to suit my dietary requirements. The cottage is well appointed and the lavender based toiletries and insect repellant were much appreciated. The personal welcome sign at the entrance to the cottage was a nice touch. I would recommend the cottage to travellers to the West Coast.

We enjoyed two delightful days at the Ferry Man's Cottage. Fresh produce awaited us, home-baked bread and all amenities. in addition we ate a delicious three course dinner at the Lodge. Birds Ferry is close to West Coast attractions and near Westport. Enjoy the peaceful setting in elegance and comfort. Hosts go out of their way to make your stay outstanding.

We had a wonderful night away at the Ferry Mans cottage. So quiet, private, baths under the stars were stunning, delicious home cooked food and a tour through the gardens and tunnel houses with Andre. Perfect balance of host hospitality and making us feel so welcome, but ensuring we had plenty of privacy and time to chill by ourselves. Highly recommend this wonderful place for a romantic couples' escape. 😊

Lovely rural spot. Plenty to see as you walk around the large property. The hosts have created a comfortable spot with plenty of gardens all around. Gourmet food, stunning views. Westport is about a 20 minute drive. We drove in to a livestock fair and then onto an ocean side cafe for lunch. My highest recommendation.

Birds Ferry Lodge is a lovely surprise. Seemingly out in the middle of nowhere, 1.7 km down a gravel road off a side road off of Hwy 6, it is a ranch style place, unimposing from the outside but beautifully, simply built with slanted wood ceilings, and a spectacular view over forestland to the sea. We were greeted at by two Norwich terriers, a blackboard on the front porch welcoming us by name, and gracious hosts Alison and Andre. Our room was a suite, with the view out of the living room/kitchenette. We enjoyed several walks around the property, past a beautiful pond with domestic and wild geese, lily ponds, bridge, through a bit of a forest trail, then for about a mile around the property’s boundary, across spongy tundra-like terrain with a fabulous view of crenelated forested mountains. We had reserved both breakfasts and dinners at the lodge, a great choice as Alison is an excellent cook and baker, serving fresh vegetables from her garden, local fish and game, and New Zealand wine with dinner. We come from a city renowned for tomatoes and farm-to-fork cuisine, so it’s a high compliment when we say Alison’s beautifully fresh caprese salad was the best we’ve ever tasted. From the lodge we took day trips to the Foulwind fur seal colony and to a glowworm caving adventure in nearby Charleston. This was a thoroughly enjoyable stay.

Birds Ferry Road Charleston

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa services

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 a restaurant 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.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Birds Ferry Lodge, the bed & breakfast's onsite restaurant. Start your day off with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee.


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.

Room options

Ferry Mans Cottage

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Luxury Bed and breakfast

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 270 reviews