Johhny’s Journey – Epic day out from Birds Ferry Lodge

By Alison on Monday, January 19th, 2015 in Weekend Getaways, West Coast Ways. No Comments

        The Awakari Valley, Charleston Yesterday 18th January 2015 Andre and Alison had an epic trip with Outwest Tours http://www.outwest.co.nz/johnnysjourney.html  up the nearby Awakari Valley, Charleston There we were introduced to local legend John Albert Currie aka Johhny. Johnny and his son Curtis are the only residents apart that is from a large […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Punakaiki – wondering what it is?

By Alison on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

Punakaiki is a short scenic drive from Birds Ferry Lodge   Punakaiki is famous for its spectacular Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Through a layered weathering process called stylobedding the Dolomite Point limestone has formed into what looks like piles of thick pancakes!            When the tide is high the sea surges into […]


Tauranga Bay – a gorgeous spot close by to Birds Ferry Lodge

By Alison on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

Seal Colony and Cape Foulwind Walkway New Zealand’s most accessible seal colony is found just out of Westport on the edge of Tauranga Bay. The 10 minute walk from the car park is on a good surface and is suitable for wheelchairs as well as pedestrians! The path leads you to a large viewing platform […]


Walking near to Birds Ferry Lodge

By Alison on Friday, November 18th, 2011 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

Walks and Tramps The rich history of the West Coast is fascinating to explore. There is a wonderful range of wildlife and natural features that can be discovered by road, bike or on foot. The possibilities are endless. Two National Parks, Paparoa National Park and Kahurangi National Park can be accessed easily from Birds Ferry […]


Some ideas about what to do at Birds Ferry Lodge

By Alison on Friday, November 18th, 2011 in West Coast Ways. No Comments

So Much to Do…… Whether you’re seeking relaxation in the peace and quiet of New Zealand’s pure green landscapes, or nail biting, thrill seeking action, this part of the West Coast has it all. From jet boating, to adventure tours, from mountain biking to white or ‘black’ water rafting. From historic Denniston, to New Zealand’s […]