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Birds Ferry Lodge

  • Birds Ferry Rd. Map It
  • Charleston
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  • Lots of good walks on the property or at nearby Charleston
  • A three-course dinner is available on request
  • Both the lodge and the cottage are very comfortable


  • Hard to find in the dark so watch closely for signs off the highway
  • The 1.7 km (1 mi) entry road is rough gravel
  • Two small on-site dogs

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

Named for the old river ferry that crossed the nearby Totara River during the gold rush, this purpose-built lodge and self-contained cottage bring the place to life once more. There are two rooms in the main lodge, each with commanding views across the surrounding bush lands and the nearby Paparoa National Park. A large guest lounge and dining area provides plenty of space to relax in the evening. The Ferryman's Cottage (sleeps four, $$$$) is a really private spot and has all the conveniences of home, a cozy wood fire, and twin outdoor garden baths! (Mininum 2 night booking in weekends.) Listen to the roar of distant surf at night; and if you're really lucky you may hear kiwi calling in the bush nearby.

Hotel Information


Birds Ferry Rd., Charleston, West Coast, 7865, New Zealand

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0800-212–207; 021-337–217

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 2 rooms, 1 cottage
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 10/27/2015

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