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Luxury Accommodation Paparoa Track West Coast New Zealand

The Paparoa Track is the 10th Great Walk in New Zealand crossing the Paparoa Ranges opening December 2019. And guess what? It finishes just up the road from Birds Ferry Lodge in gorgeous Punakaiki.

No matter if you start at Blackball or at Punakaiki be sure to book  your accommodation at Birds Ferry Lodge for before and after your walk/ride.

Rest and recuperate after your three day hike (tramp) or shorter mountain bike ride. Relax in the spa and enjoy a holistic massage to ease those aching muscles! Then allow us to serve you a delicous dinner using ingredients from our extensive gardens. Our supremely comfortable beds will then send you off to sleep to rest up for your next adventure.

We can arrange transportation to/from either end of the track along with your packs and party. We can accommodate up to 9 guests in a variety of bedding configurations.

Check out our booking page for pricing of our specially created Paparoa Package which includes Dinner Bed and Breakfast , massages and NZ  Champagne!

Allow us to pamper you - we are looking forward to hearing about your amazing tramp!

 

 

 

 

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Romantic luxury accommodation west coast south island new zealand

Wake up in Paradise to native bird song and ducks on your doorstep.

Ferry Mans Cottage is one of the best romantic retreats on the West Coast NZ.(Top 10 according to Trip Advisor) Perfect for your romantic weekend away or honeymoon.

Complete seclusion, open fire and a four-poster bed. Rates include gourmet breakfast hamper and dinner is also available - On request, a bottle sparkling wine can be in the fridge for your arrival.

The twin garden baths have unlimited hot piped water bubble bath candles and even an outdoor brazier. Soak the evening away under the star-studded sky.

The retreat is very special and you may wish to stay put for says but in case you don't, there are lots of places to explore and activities nearby. For details click here

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Bring the Whole Family to Ferry Mans Cottage

Have a question or a special request? We are more than happy to help!

Just north of Punakaiki this luxurious cottage offers families the perfect location to relax and unwind together. From May -September up to two children (0-16 years) stay free when two or more nights are booked.

There are a multitude of screen free activities that don’t need to cost the earth to keep you all occupied and happy. Read on for our suggested itinerary:

On arrival, the family pile out of the car into the large private cottage that is yours to enjoy for the duration of your stay. There is a large pond, (one of 7 on the property), walking tracks and orchard and a large lawn for outdoor games. (Some of which are supplied with the cottage) Oh and a swing set for the little ones!

The kids head off exploring the garden while you settle in and put your feet up. We can supply a mal for you to heat and eat or you may cook yourselves in the well equipped kitchen or barbeque.

Day 1

 

Children of all ages will enjoy the  Charleston Nile River Rainforest Train trip up the Nile valley especially those too little in stature to take part in the Underworld Rafting Another option not involving a wetsuit just some good walking shoes or trainers is Glowworm Cave Tour

Afterwards a hot chocolate at the Norwest Cafe in Charleston will re-energise everyone ahead of the Charleston bays cliff top walk. Keep and eye out for Hector Dolphins beyond the crashing waves.

Back to Ferry Mans cottage, the kids will enjoy outdoor baths while dinner is prepared and then you will all enjoy a  stunning West Coast sunset from the cottage.

Day two

Head off to nearby Tauranga bay.

 

Kids can take a surf lesson from a local expert.

Younger kids can paddle in the sea and rock pools at low tide. Visit the seal colony  and see the baby seals frolicking in the surf.

Take a clifftop walk to the lighthouse. The path is well prepared so pushchairs ok if you can manage the hills! Lots fresh air and sea breezes here. Wekas are everywhere on the track and very tame

There is a locally run Coffee cart at the carpark most times of year for hot drinks and icecreams.

Head into Westport for a bite of lunch or take away fish and chips.   Picnic at north beach and explore the new cycle path/ walkway.It is possible to Hire bikes in Westport or bring your own. This trail is dead flat and very safe for children.Feed the ducks and seagulls at the yacht club off the new boat launch floating jetty. Fish for flounder off the newly completed fishing wharf.

Wet weather? Head indoors to Coaltown Museum on Palmerston street. Lots of social history here. There is also a modern aquatic centre  open every day. The NBS Theatre has a variety of movies for children showing in the school holidays and also at weekends.

There are a variety of children’s playgrounds locally – Carters Beach and Victoria Square are both very popular.

So there we have it – lots and lots of things to keep you all active and happy during your west coast family holiday. You may email us here info@birdsferrylodge.co.nz

if you have any questions or book via our booking page here

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The Bay House Tauranga Bay

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The Bay House Tauranga Bay

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The Bay House Tauranga Bay watch the breakers while you enjoy fantastic food in Tauranga Bay

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The Bay House Tauranga Bay – you can sit outside too

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The Bay House Tauranga Bay -be sure to ask for a window seat!

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The Bay House Tauranga Bay – amazing views from you table

Tauranga Bay is an amazing coastal location and we are lucky enough to have The Bay House there too. So the perfect day -the first day of Spring like weather in 2015 mixed with a super high tide and a lovely lunch followed by a visit to the seals – who could ask for more!

So after an early light lunch of scallops and local black puffing plus snapper and salad we headed down to the shore line. It was high tide and the Tasman Sea was putting on an amazing show as you can see from the pictures. And we managed not to get wet!

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15th August 2015 super high tide with a big swell made for some spectacular white water

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wild surf and blue sky

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wild surf

The Bay House Cafe on at the Southerly end of the horseshoe shaped Tauranga Bay. At the North end is the famous seal colony. One of the largest fur seal colonies in New Zealand. Seal numbers vary throughout the year but today due to the wild surf hundreds of seals were sunbathing on the rocks.The viewing platform is high above the colony so the seals are oblivious to your presence and with a zoom lens you can get some amazing pictures. My attempts for today are below.

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How many seals can you see???

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An unusual site at the seal colony – this cheeky fearless Weka is trying to steal something it thinks is edible from right under the seal’s nose – the seal chased the Weka away repeatedly

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and here is the weka again

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how many seals?

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Lots of seabirds around Tauranga Bay too – these two were happy to pose for me and my camera!

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As you drive to Tauranga Bay watch out for farmed deer in the paddocks alongside the road

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This is another weka that we managed to see up close beside the footpath to the seals. We have lots of these at Birds Ferry Lodge

And of course you are going to need somewhere equally spectacular to stay after your visit to The Bay House Tauranga Bay. Look no further then www.birdsferrylodge.co.nz and you can make a booking right here BOOK NOW  See you soon

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This is the walkway to the seals. It is a well prepared surface making for easy walking and pushchair and wheelchair friendly too

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Driving to the West Coast, Punakaiki and Birds Ferry Lodge,

Of course, is a pleasure! There's lots of scenic views and interesting spots to stop at.

In this series, we look at:

1 Driving from Franz Josef Glacier (and Fox) to the West Coast and Birds Ferry Lodge

2 Driving from Christchurch to the West Coast and Birds Ferry Lodge via Arthur's Pass

3 Driving from Abel Tasman to the West Coast and Birds Ferry Lodge1 Driving from Franz Josef

Nelson to the West Coast and Birds Ferry Lodge

Picton to the West Coast and Birds Ferry Lodge

6Blenheim to the West Coast and Birds Ferry Lodge

We also mention the locations of zero cellphone coverage in case this is important to you! You can view a map of West Coast cellphone coverage here

 1 Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier to Birds Ferry Lodge

Allow 4-4.5 hours driving time +stops 4.5-5 hours from Fox

After you leave Franz there is minimal cellphone coverage till you get to Hokitika.

From Franz Josef Glacier township take Highway 6 North

  • Okarito – Turn left off highway and travel 13KM to spend a little time exploring this beautiful coastal lagoon. Home of the only White Heron breeding colony in New Zealand
  • HarihAri - we hear of an exciting new eatery/cafe here - more details to follow - The Gatherer Cafe
  • www.treetopsnz.com Follow the signs as you approach hokitika & enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops.
  • Hokitika -  Food, Coffee, Fuel and a wide selection of quality craft shops. Home of New Zealand Green Stone (Jade).
  • Hokitika Gorge  This is 30 minutes drive inland from Hokitika so you will need to allow extra time BUT IT ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE TRIP!The gorge is stunningly beautiful and there is a swimming hole for hot days! Coffee kiosk, snacks and toilet.
  • Teramakau Bridge is an unusual bridge that you cross between Hokitika and Greymouth. It is a single lane bridge that also has a railwayline on it!!! Sounds scary but basically you give way to trains and traffic already on the bridge - stop at the giveway sign and look onto bridge. If bridge clear of cars and trains then you may proceed with care.By the way the trains will be moving slowly.
  • Greymouth - refuel  if less than half a tank. Good food at Monteith's Brewery. Once you leave Greymouth there is little reliable cellphone coverage till Punakaiki and again in Charleston. Shades of Jade 22 Tainui Street is worth a look if you didn't find Jade in Hokitika. www.shadesofjade.co.nz
  • Barrytown - NEW November 2018 - we have just read on social media that the Barrytown Pub is being renovated and will open December 2018 as a Cafe and will offer evening meals.
  • Punakaiki – Stop and view the Pancake Rocks, Food, Toilets Coffee and good quality local Craft also available here.Best visited at , or close to high tides. tide timetable
  • Truman Track – a short drive after Punakaiki,look for signs and carpark on right,  Be sure to go as far as the beach if you can and look for the waterfall.
  • Fox River Historic Bridge and Beach access – stop in car park on left. Also sea caves to explore on the South side of the road bridge. Ask us to email a map to you.During summer there is a weekly market at Fox River - well worth a stop, coffee, food, craft https://www.facebook.com/groups/foxriversummermarkets/
  • Charleston – Turn left and explore Constance Bay, (toilet) short loop walk 15min – very spectacular views.Big Waves and cliffs.
  • Beach Road – Soon after Charleston turn left off highway at Nile River Bridge and follow this scenic back road which will bring you back to the highway a little further on.
  • Next Stop Birds Ferry Road- On your left 

 

2 Christchurch to Birds Ferry Lodge via Arthur's Pass

  • Allow four hours + stops
  • Christchurch Take Highway 73. Once you leave Springfield there is no cellphone coverage till Arthurs Pass then none again till Kumara Junction
  • Castle Hill The hill was so named because of the imposing array of limestone boulders in the area reminiscent of an old, run-down stone castle. Very photogenic.
  • Arthurs Pass Village Food, coffee, toilets at the train station, fuel. DOC visitor center, numerous walks. Here you will likely see Keas especially if you stop at "Deaths Corner". There are few food/coffee opportunities from now till Punakaiki unless you drive via Kumara (read on)
  • Then you have two options:
  • Option One: Lake Brunner After Arthurs pass you will see a sign for Lake Brunner on the right - this route is very scenic and misses out Kumara and Greymouth and there is a lakeside cafe at Moana. (Toilets,  food, coffee)
  • Option Two:  Kumara Junction In Kumara township the Theatre Royal Hotel is a good food/coffee/toilet stop. (Public toilets by the sports field on right) Opposite is a woodturners studio. Then proceed and turn right for Greymouth.
  • and now follow the directions higher up the page for the remainder of your journey to Birds Ferry Lodge

3 Abel Tasman to Birds Ferry Lodge

  • Allow 4 hours driving time plus stops
  • Take Sandy Bay-Marahau Road and highway 60 to
  • Motueka Refuel if less than half a tank. Food shops, toilets banks, etc. If you are self-catering in our cottage you should get your supplies here to save you going into Westport.
  • Follow Motueka Valley Highway till it joins SHW6 then follow SHW6 for Westport.
  • Murchison township - Fuel, Food and coffee. A couple of interesting bric-a brac stores. Once you leave Murchison there is no reliable cellphone coverage till you exit the Buller Gorge and reach the West Coast
  • Swing Bridge over the spectacular Buller River. Worth a stop, lots of gold mining history here – watch for sandflies and close your doors and windows. Toilets. Soon after you will drive to Lyall rest area where you turn right into the car park. Historic old settlement.150+ year-old graveyard! Take a walk to the very old cemetery in the Forest!(15 minutes one way, access behind toilets)
  • Further down the Buller Gorge, you approach Killkenny Lookout. Pull over to the layby on the right for a photo opportunity. Ahead of you, the road is Hawks Crag, the road single lane - you need to look ahead to see if the road is clear and observe the giveway signage. If you are Nelson bound then you have right of way BUT only if another vehicle is not already on the section of single-lane road. If you are heading to us you must giveway.
  • After this, you come to Fern Arch - another section of single-lane road but this time there are traffic lights. So just observe the lights and proceed accordingly, slowly and you will be fine!
  • Tauranga Bay Seal Colony- Visit today if you have time & if you are heading South when you leave us to avoid backtracking. Westport township, fuel available here, shops, banks, post office, etc. PS On SHW6 south there is no fuel for another 80KM! Next Stop Birds Ferry Lodge.

4 Nelson to Birds Ferry Lodge

 

  • Take SHW 6 Allow three hours driving time plus stopsHope Saddle Fantastic viewpoint of mountains. Toilets. Once you leave Hope Saddle there is no reliable cellphone coverage till you reach Murchison.
    Then take a small  detour to St Arnaud & Nelson Lakes. (Toilets,Fuel,  food, coffee). Clinkers Cafe has good food and coffee - look for the sign on the pavement where you turn off to the right)
  • Lake Rotowiti -Is worth the visit and a walk along the East shore is a birdwatchers paradise due to DOC predator trapping.
  • Murchison township
  • After Murchison follow the instructions above on this page

 

  • GPS coordinates:
  • Birds Ferry Road 41degrees 52’01.10’S, 171degrees30’23.75E

5 Picton to Birds Ferry Lodge

 

  • Take SH1 to Blenheim Allow 4.5 hours plus stops
  • Blenheim and surrounds - you are spoiled for choice here - wineries as far as the eye can see and some great lunch options. Alan Scott and Wither Hills are our favorites.
  • From  Blenheim take SHW6 marked for Westport. Once you leave Blenheim you will soon lose cellphone coverage till you reach Murchison.
  • Now follow the directions from Nelson further up this page.

6 Blenheim to Birds Ferry Lodge

  • From Blenheim take SHW 63
  • St Arnaud & Nelson Lakes. (Toilets, Fuel,  food, coffee). Clinkers Cafe has good food and coffee – look for the sign on the pavement where you turn off to the right). Museum next door to cafe.
  • Lake Rotowiti -Is worth the visit and a walk along the East shore is a birdwatchers paradise due to DOC predator trapping.
  • Murchison township - Fuel, Food and coffee. Couple of interesting bric-a brac stores. Once you leave Murchison there is no reliable cellphone coverage till you exit the Buller Gorge and reach the West Coast
  • Swing Bridge over the spectacular Buller River. Worth a stop, lots of gold mining history here – watch for sandflies and close your doors and windows.Toilets. Soon after you will drive to Lyall rest area where you turn right into the car park. Historic old settlement.150+ year old graveyard! Take a walk to the very old cemetery in the Forest!(15 minutes one way, access behind toilets)
  • Further down the Buller Gorge, you approach Killkenny Lookout. Pullover to the layby on the right for a photo opportunity. Ahead of you, the road is Hawks Crag, the road becomes single lane for a short distance - you need to look ahead to see if the road is clear and observe the give way signage. If you are Nelson bound then you have right of way BUT only if another vehicle is not already on the section of single-lane road.If you are heading to us you must give way.
  • After this you come to Fern Arch - another section of single-lane road but this time there are traffic lights. So just observe the lights and proceed accordingly, slowly and you will be fine!
  • Tauranga Bay Seal Colony- Visit today if you have time & if you are heading South when you leave us to avoid backtracking. Westport township, fuel available here, shops, banks, post office etc. PS On SHW6 south there is no fuel for another 80KM! Next Stop Birds Ferry Lodge

Just in case you are reading this and you have not yet booked with us you can find out more and make a booking here www.birdsferrylodge.co.nz

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