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Birds Ferry Lodge

  • Birds Ferry Rd. Map It
  • Charleston
  • Local Flavor

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Updated 02/18/2014

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.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Birds Ferry Rd., Westport, 7865, New Zealand

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Phone:

0800-212–207; 021-337–217

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 2 rooms, 1 cottage
  • Breakfast

Updated 02/18/2014

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