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If you are travelling North from Greymouth or heading to the Glaciers on SHW6 from the North then you will drive right past us! We are midway between the Glaciers and Abel Tasman/Picton/Nelson. Close to Punakaiki.

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of Birds Ferry Lodge. Enjoy all of the comforts of luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation in Birds Ferry Lodge, or the self catering Ferry Mans Cottage (Gourmet Breakfast Hamper supplied)

This is one of the more remote West Coast Lodges but easily accessible by car being only 2KM from State Highway 6 and also convenient to Westport and Punakaiki. Birds Ferry Lodge is seamlessly set upon its hilltop where it sits content, quietly musing on the far-reaching, sea-lined views and acres of wild bush clad countryside. Here there is no TV, no landline and no just a wealth of peace, seclusion, beauty and views to die for!

Qualmark '4 Plus Stars' which means we have been rated as 'EXCELLENT'.

Step onto the deck from your room and enjoy the ocean sunset from the heated spa. Or take a break in the luxuriously appointed guest lounge in front of the log fire. Privately accessed accommodation is ensuite with bath and shower and Superking or twin beds. Lodge tariff includes refreshments, laundry, broadband internet and a fabulous continental breakfast.(Cooked options are also available) Cottage Tariff does not include these named extras. Dinner with wine is available from $90 per person.Prior notification of dinner requirements is essential to avoid disappointment. House bar, with New Zealand Wines.
Birds Ferry Lodge offers you luxury West Coast Bed and Breakfast Accommodation Close to both Westport & Punakaiki South Island New Zealand.

Our 2 rooms are luxurious and private, designed with your comfort in mind. B&B tariff includes full cooked breakfast.

The Grand View Lodge Room

You will immediately see why we chose this name! From your room you will enjoy panoramic views from the ocean, up the length of the Totara Valley to the Paparoa ranges in the East. This is the larger of our two rooms with its own private sitting area with leather up holstered chairs from which to enjoy the spectacular views. The balcony will draw you to take in the incredible sunsets and spectacular lodge gardens and panoramic view.
The Grand View Room is indulgently appointed with a top range Super King bed, quality linens, down duvet and pillow topped mattress. (the bed can be divided on request to be twin beds)
Your in-room refreshment centre, complete with fridge is stocked with homemade all butter shortbread, quality teas and freshly ground, locally roasted organic 'Fair Trade' plunger coffee.

Ensuite bathroom with heated towel rail and power shower over bath. Hand made Marlborough handmade toiletries and fluffy robes.

A short stroll along the deck takes you to the Spa from where you can enjoy the sunset.

Full cooked gourmet breakfast includes: Free range eggs, home-made bread and preserves, plus a wide range of cooked items.

The Totara Valley Lodge Room
The spectacular views are a feature of this room. Capturing amazing mountain, valley and ocean vistas - sunset, garden or forest views.
The Totara Valley Room is indulgently appointed with a top range Super King (can be twin beds) bed, quality linens, down duvet and pillow topped mattress

Ensuite bathroom with heated towel rail and power shower over bath. Hand-made Marlborough handmade toiletries and fluffy robes.

A short stroll along the deck takes you to the Spa from where you can enjoy the sunset.

Your in room refreshment centre, complete with fridge is stocked with homemade all butter shortbread, quality teas and freshly ground, locally roasted organic 'Fair Trade' plunger coffee.

Birds Ferry Lodge offers you West Coast Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, perfect for your Weekend or midweek break, we look forward to welcoming you soon!

If you need a short break on the West Coast then we offer a variety of weekend and midweek packages. To get the most out of your visit to Birds Ferry Lodge we recommend a stay of at least 2 nights.
Sorry, the Lodge is not suitable for children under 12 but Ferry Mans Cottage is perfect for children. Travel Cot and high chair available.
Ferryman's Cottage - for a romantic getaway...

Luxurious Self-Contained Cottage near Punakaiki, West Coast

Ferry Man's Cottage offers luxurious and romantic holiday home accommodation, set in its own private 12 acre section at the very end of Birds Ferry Road, forming part of our 33 acre property.
It is the perfect spot for a romantic weekend or mini break or a family holiday. Located on the edge of a small Lake, 2 km from the highway and, with native Wekas, Pukekos and wild ducks as neighbours this is a most peaceful spot. The rare Kiwi can be heard at night here.
The luxurious bach (cottage) is finished to a very high standard and designed to take in the panoramic mountain and ocean views. All the luxury touches of Birds Ferry Lodge but with a fully equipped kitchen in your own very private setting.


There are two large bedrooms, 1 x four-poster Queen, and 1 x Superking which splits to be 2 singles.
There is a double sleep sofa in the lounge.
Cot and high chair are available as well as a wide selection of indoor and outdoor games plus DVD's.
The cottage is very cosy and warm at all times of the year - the bedrooms have oil filled radiators, electric blankets, the bathroom has underfloor heating and there is a 'Metro' wood burner in the lounge which packs a punch!
Tariff includes gourmet breakfast hamper. If you don´t want to cook, we are happy to provide a Cottage Dinner.(For details see our food/menu page) WIFI now with boosted signal for Blackberry, Ipad and Iphone.
The cottage has decks and outdoor furniture back and front meaning you can enjoy the sunshine at any time of the day. By the front deck there are TWIN OUTDOOR GARDEN BATHS with hot running water (One for you and one for your significant other - how romantic is that!) from where you can watch the sun go down in spectacular fashion with a glass of bubbles perhaps.
The Cottage Tariff includes:
* Gourmet Hamper of locally produced and/or homegrown breakfast supplies, manuka smoked bacon, free range eggs, greek yogurt, homemade muesli and jam, fruit juice, seasonal fruit bowl, freshly baked bread, organic fair trade coffee beans
* 2 spacious bedrooms. One of them with 1 queen four poster. The other one with a superking double bed which can be split to become 2 single beds
* Wifi, first 50mb is free
* Garden Bath with hot piped water.
* Fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility.
* TV, DVD (with NZ DVDs), CD player, Ipod Dock, magazines and games
* Exclusive use of a 12 acre section including extensive landscaped gardens
* A modern fully tiled bathroom with a shower and a bath. Under floor heating adds that luxury touch...
* Large towels and luxury hand made toiletries from Marlborough. Hairdryer and heating throughout
* An aunlimited supply of hot water
* Quality linens, feather/wool duvets, dual control electric blankets
* Cot & Highchair


The historic Buller area has a multitude of activities, accessible areas of luxuriant forest, rich birdlife and a wild coastline. Andre, a New Zealand tour guide with 15 years experience can accompany you on a personal tailor made local tour. He will help you find those places seldom visited by others. On arrival, many of our guests ask to extend their visit to more than one night. Why? You might ask. On arrival you will discover the answer to this.

"A beautiful property in breathtaking surroundings. A place to totally relax whilst enjoying excellent cuisine and good company. We were pleased to have found such stylish and classy accommodation, which was kept in a spotless manner. On arrival we were welcomed and made to feel at home by our hosts Andre and Alison." JT October 2012

Activities and facilities

  • Dinner is available from $90 per person which includes new Zealand wine
  • HOLISTIC MASSAGE by appointment
  • At the lodge: Outdoor Heated Spa Extensive gardens and grounds
  • Bar / Lounge
  • BBQ facilities
  • Day spa
  • Dry cleaning / laundry service
  • Non-smoking property
  • On-site undercover parking
  • Restaurant/s
  • Self service laundry facilities
  • Spa/Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wifi access

Business facilities

  • Whilst our remote location at Birds Ferry Lodge means we have no land line or fax - enjoy the peace and quiet, we do have wirless broadband internet access, scanner and good mobile phone reception.


Birds Ferry Road, Buller 8251 WESTPORT New Zealand, (8KM North Charleston 17KM South Westport)

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Check In 1600hrs
Check In Instructions BIRDS FERRY LODGE Check in is from 4pm-8pm ONLY. Remember - Dinner is by prior reservation we do not provide Self Catering facilities in the Lodge. COTTAGES: Please contact us re check-in. Our phone number can be found on your booking confirmation.
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From the South, We are 8KM North of Charleston.
Drive North on SHW6 from Charleston. You will cross the (Little) Totara River then after crossing the Big Totara River drive slowly for a further 1.1KM, at the top of the hill turn left into Birds Ferry Road.

From Westport:
17km from Westport on SH6 you will come to Birds Ferry Road on your Right. Watch for the wooden sign on the right, at the end of a long straight section of road.

From Nelson take SHW6. Take care at Inangahua Junction. You need to take SHW6 not SHW69. 7km out of Westport take the left/south turn for Greymouth (SH6) and drive for 11km. Watch for the wooden sign on the right, at the end of a long straight section of road. Once on Birds Ferry Road follow the power poles for 1.8km, on the unsealed road, to the gate where a warm welcome awaits you.

Ferry Man's Cottage - Guests should proceed directly to the cottage which is 300m beyond the Lodge on Birds Ferry Road.

Please remember self catering facilities are only available in the cottages - NOT in the Lodge. Dinner MUST be prebooked, please find our contact number on your booking confirmation.
Parking Car parking is on our property immediatly adjacent to the guest accommodation.
Things To Do Things to do

The Northern West Coast Region offers a wide range of scenery and historic sites to see and outdoor adventure sports and activities to do, all set within the natural riches that are found here from the mountains to the sea.Video Here By far the region's biggest attraction is its geography and wildlife, from the rugged coastline and its spectacular rock formations, the deep gorges and valleys carved by ancient glaciers and the region's many rivers, to the lush rainforests filled with an abundance of unique and wonderful native vegetation and birdlife.

Experience the wilderness and scenic beauty of the Northern West Coast Region, taking in both history and nature. There are many excellent walks for the casual wanderer through to the keenest hikers.

Walk the historic Charming Creek Railway which is carved in rock, through the awe-inspiring Ngakawau River Gorge.
North from Birds Ferry Lodge

The Denniston Experience
Heli-Hike into the Heaphy Hut and walk out the same day. This is the most scenic part of the famous 3 day tramp and you can experience it in just one day. The walk takes about 4-5 hours for those with a reasonable levol of fitess and we can supply a gourmet picnic lunch for you to take with you.Bookings advised via Birds Ferry Lodge.

The Denniston Experience... Learn what life was like over 100 years ago as a miner at Denniston. Tours include: - a train ride along the old coal transport rope road high above the Waimangaroa Gorge- an interactive mine experience in the historic 1880's Banbury Coal Mine.
Limited seats, so Booking required.

Hardy souls......lived and worked in the windswept bleakness of Denniston's imfamous mountain plateau on New Zealand's wild West Coast. Midst the endless tapping of picks, creaking of props and earthy black soot of ever present coal dust from an 1880s coal mine, a proud and close-knit community formed within this remarkable land of contrasts.

Plunge deep......into the darkness of one of New Zealand's oldest sources of energy and industrial innovation.

Reveal......your own pioneering spirit tagging into the Banbury mine and becoming part of its underground workings - swinging banjo shovels, clipping coal tubs, erecting pit props and imagining the extremes of life at the coalface.Take a journey inward at the place all but forgotten.

To the north is Karamea, renowned for its subtropical paradise from where you can venture on well-formed tracks into the wilderness of the Oparara Basin, the popular Heaphy Track, and the Honeycomb Caves.

One of the region's best-kept secrets is the Oparara Basin. Tucked away in the Kahurangi National Park, is a series of three stone arches carved out by the Oparara River. The Oparara Basin is well off the beaten track, so you will need to set out early, but this is definitely a must-see.
Punakaiki, one oft the West Coast's main attractionsSouth to nearby Punakaiki

A short drive from Birds Ferry Lodge the Punakaiki "Pancake Rocks", Blowholes and Truman Track are a popular destination for tourists. Over thousands of years the powerful Tasman Sea has created these amazing rock sculptures and limestone landscape features, only a short walk from the Punakaiki Visitor Centre on State Highway 6. For those who have more time then venture inland through the limestone rock canyons either by foot, horse trek or kayak.

West Coast adventure nearby

Try Horse Trekking through the rainforest and along the banks of the mighty Buller River, or take a Jet Boat Ride through the Buller Gorge to experience this unspoiled paradise from the water. (this is the most powerful Jetboat in New Zealand)

Horse trekkingWest CoastThere is also White Water Rafting, Kayaking and the ever-popular Cave-rafting which combines glow worm grottoes with rapids on the Nile River (a must!). The caves can also be explored on foot with a guide.

The region is fast becoming popular with mountain bikers too, and there are Mountain Bike Trails throughout, ranging from scenic to challenging. We have mountain bikes available including a Tandem for you to hire while staying with us.
West Coast beaches galore

Local Beaches along the coast are great for beach-combing and fishing, and popular among local surfers. The waves crashing on the rugged coastline is one of the best-known images of the region and if you pick the right day, a great example of nature at its wildest.
West Coast history

Present day and historical Coalfields and Gold mines are nestled high on the plateaus and the river valleys of the Northern West Coast. Here the strength, will and hardship of the pioneers who came to build their lives and bring riches to our nation can be seen in the buildings, relics and stories they left behind as a legacy to future mining in the region.

Venture into a simulated coal mine at the Coaltown Museum in Westport for a taste of the conditions 'down in the pit', or try your hand panning for gold at one of the old gold mining camps along the riverbanks.

Andre the tour guide

For 17 years Andre has guided small groups around the South Island and he will tailor a local tour to suit your individual interests and abilities. He has extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the South island, which he will be delighted to share with you on one of his trips.

For guests staying for more than one night a short walking or driven tour is complimentary. (Pre booking essential)
Spa and massage

After the guided tour, why not relax by enjoying a therapeutic massage? The combination of spa and massage will have you thinking you are in heaven! Andre holds a Certificate of Qualification in Holistic Massage Therapy, which is recognized with New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
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