Five of the Best – in and around Westport

By Alison on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

Learn how to set off a shot blast in an underground mine! The Denniston Experience . A short train ride through the Waimangaroa Gorge into one of the oldest underground mines at Denniston. Hew coal,clip a coal tub and and let of a shot blast! Audio visuals and holograms bring the whole era to life. […]


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Karamea – A great Day out from Birds Ferry Lodge

By Alison on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

When guests are staying with us for 2-3 nights we often suggest a day trip to Karamea which is beside Kajurango National Park. A 1.5 hour scenic drive North along the coastline on a very quiet road with lots of places of interest to stop along the way. Karamea is the end of the Coast […]


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Wild Venison and Wild West Coast Whitebait

By Alison on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 in Menus. No Comments

We source our wild venison from “Wild Gourmet” – the deer are roaming wild in the Marlborough region of the South Island and are dispatched by professional licensed hunters. All of the animals are wild, living the life nature intended for them. No need for cramped and stressful transport which reduces the quality of the […]


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Dinner Menu for a beautiful Spring evening on the West Coast and our lovely Dutch guests

By Alison on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 in Lodge Life. No Comments

Wednesday 26th November 2014 Dinner Menu Roast Kumera and Feta Salad Portuguese Peri Peri Chicken Home grown New Potatoes Chocolate Fondant or New Zealand Artisan Cheese Selection Served with homemade Quince Jelly & Home baked Crackers Barry’s Bay Vintage Maasdam Walnut Gouda Six Years Old Talbot Forest Vintage Cheddar Whitestone Windsor Blue


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West Coast NZ Things to Do – in and around the water

By Alison on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

Water Activities – West Coast NZ Things to do   On the off chance that you delight in wet and wild water endeavors, the West Coast is without a doubt the spot for you to be. From ocean to mountain, eco-visits to trout angling and horse trekking, it is all here to be enjoyed! Kayaking […]


Punakaiki Things To do – Item 2 of a series Punakaiki Canoes

By Alison on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

Punakaiki Canoes offers rental kayak trips and guided trips into the heart of the Paparoa National Park 1km north of the Pancake Rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Families and beginner paddlers can enjoy the peaceful Pororari River and lagoon with its majestic limestone gorge […]


Feedback: guests who stayed in Ferry Mans Cottage :

By Alison on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 in Lodge Life. No Comments

Feedback from recent Bookabach guests who stayed in Ferry Mans Cottage :    “What you see is what you get – and more…. Such a lovely, secluded location. The cottage and grounds are very well appointed for the ultimate relaxing break. The outdoor baths with plumbed hot water got plenty of use – lovely to […]


Pet Friendly Retreat in West Coast New Zealand

By Alison on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 in Lodge Life. No Comments

You’re off to a chic boutique escape, Fido’s off to the kennels… Sometimes there’s no justice. If leaving your best friend behind laces your luxury break with guilt, choose Ferry Mans Cottage, a pet-welcoming and pet friendly retreat in West Coast New Zealand. We are delighted to welcome your well behaved best friends and  there are plenty […]


Punakaiki – Things to do…………

By Alison on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

This is the first in a series of things to do in and around Punakaiki. I am kicking off with Norwest Adventures………………………….simply because we are so proud to have this in our back door and many of our guests at Birds Ferry Lodge take part either in the Underworld Rafting Tour or the Glowworm Cave […]


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