New Zealand

Birds Ferry Lodge, Punakaiki

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Type: Luxury lodge

Grade: Superior


Surrounded by acres of wild bushland, this 33 acre property offers a genuine retreat in only 3 comfortable rooms.

With no TV, landline or clock, peace, seclusion and relaxation are the name of the game while staying here. The guest lounge is huge with a roaring loge fire and huge windows opening onto the countryside, where Weka, deer, tui and bellbirds are commonly sighted. The hotel's spa is a comfortable place to book a massage and, after dark, guests are company here by a local common owl.

Breakfasts at the Birds Ferry Lodge are legendary, including fresh baked bread, homemade jams, hot espresso coffee and organic fruit and produce; a marvellous way to start a day of relaxing and animal watching in the countryside. Dinner can be booked in advance and is consistently paired with lovely New Zealand wines, which can be sampled on their own in the House Bar.

Guests have a choice of lodge room or self-contained, luxury cottage. The lodge rooms are all privately accessed, with en suite bath and shower facilities. The cottages sit tucked on the lakeside and allow for extreme privacy, including a full kitchen and laundry, two double rooms and a pull-out sofa in the lounge. Both the rooms and cottages include WiFi internet access.

Hotel Features:
● 2 guestrooms & 1 cottage
● Restaurant & bar
● Spa
● Free parking
● Free WiFi