Fodor's Expert Review Birds Ferry Lodge

Birds Ferry Rd., Charleston, West Coast, 7865, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

Named for the ferry that crossed the local river during the gold rush, this lodge and self-contained cottage is set on 50 acres. There are two rooms in the main lodge, each with commanding views across the surrounding bush and the nearby Paparoa National Park. A large guest lounge and dining area provides space to relax in the evening. Your hosts can cook dinner (prearranged). The Ferryman's Cottage (sleeps four) is a private spot with a cozy wood fire, and twin outdoor garden baths. There's a minimum two-night stay on weekends.

PROS

  • <PRO>lots of good walks</PRO>
  • <PRO>home-baked bread and organic produce from the garden</PRO>
  • <PRO>outdoor bath</PRO>

CONS

  • <CON>hard to find in the dark (watch closely for signs off the highway)</CON>
  • <CON>entry road is rough gravel</CON>
  • <CON>no shops nearby</CON>

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0800-212–207 | 03-429–1604

HOTEL DETAILS

3 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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