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Birds Ferry Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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

We spent two nights at Ferry Man's Cottage, and never left the property. We planned it as a vacation from vacation -- take a pause, do laundry and just enjoy the moment. Dinner in the lodge the day we arrived, watching the sunset from the two outdoor tubs while hearing and seeing the Tasman Sea, then viewing the stars on a perfectly clear night. All the fixings for a wonderful breakfast, including Alison's amazing bread. A walk around one of their paths and taking time to appreciate their garden, a massage, then wine and cheese on the bench that also overlooks the ocean, all the time enjoying the 12 acres of privacy that go with the cottage. Then simply heat a delicious dinner prepared by Alison. Alison and Andre designed and built this very special place 14 years ago. They are both delightful hosts. We travel extensively and found this a truly special place. We recommend staying two nights to really appreciate it. And it works best if like us you can just enjoy it and nature for a day.

I was fortunate to stay at the Ferryman's cottage for two nights with my family of 5. Our biggest mistake was not staying longer! The cottage was clean and comfortable with a well appointed kitchen. Alison had a meal waiting for us when we arrived (highly suggest this!) and it was one of our best meals during our two week vacation. Our breakfast in the cottage consisted of fresh eggs, home made yogurt and granola, juice and a fresh loaf of bread with jam. Just delicious! The peace and tranquility of the cottage was just what we needed after a day of exploring the coast. We soaked in the outdoor bathtubs while taking in a breathtaking sunset. We started out our day watching the ducks around the cottage and walking the beautiful grounds. Don't forget to get a massage from Andre!

Everything abut Birds Ferry Lodge is wonderful. Alison and Andre are super hosts. Alison's cooking must be experienced to be believed. The site is fabulous. Who knew such magnificent views existed? Plus, the Lodge is incredibly tranquil. Marvelous. We were sad to leave such nice people and such a magnificent facility. If you go you will not be disappointed.

We were recommended this lodge by friends and although we stayed for only one night our hosts found time to visit the gardens with Us and have a delightful home cooked dinner with other guests. Wine selection was excellent and breakfast choice very wide compared to other Home stays we experienced on this trip to New Zealand. Andre gave us great pointers for our forthcoming drive down the coast so all in all a very good experience.

Wish we could have stayed longer in this beautiful contemporary rural farm environment. The accommodations, hosting and dining all exceeded my expectations. I can only say - ‘stay as long as you can’ if you enjoy a tranquil coastal rural environment, with warm friendly hosts and a beautiful contemporary New Zealand style ambiance. You won’t find any better place than Andre and Alison offer!

This place is amazing! the location is breath taking.the accomodation is inside the house,we had 2 rooms. The room is good size with a little lounge,the bath is ok. Breakfast was great,with a menu to order from. The whole place is realy nice,and especially Andrea-the owner. He gave us great advice as to what to do and where to go,and he was super friendly and nice!I highly recommand this place,dont miss it when you get to Westport!

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.

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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

Luxury Cottage with 2 Massages

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 278 reviews