Luxury, Self-Contained Cottage near Punakaiki, West Coast NZ

Luxurious Superking bed in Ferry Mans Cottagebook-now

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 45 acre property.

Winter Offer :Complimentary 45 minute massage x1 with every cottage stay of two nights or more, valid for stays 1.5.18-30.9.18

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  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!

Ferry Mans Cottage by moonlightTariff includes gourmet breakfast hamper.  500mb complimentary 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:

  • West Coast Holiday Home family and pet friendlyGourmet 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, free 500mb
  • 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 unlimited supply of hot water
  • Quality linens, feather/wool duvets, dual control electric blankets
  • Cot & Highchair

Tariff varies seasonally from $250-$575 for 2 guests, additional guests $85 per night incl. breakfast up to maximum 5 guests. Click on our bookings page to check on rates available for your chosen travel dates.

Ferry Man’s Cottage is named after Mr William Bird who operated a ferry across the Totara River during the gold mining years around 1869. This is a great base from which to explore the local gold mining history for which Charleston is world famous.

“My wife and I were looking for a beautiful, private and romantic cottage on the West coast of the South Island of New Zealand. We had some preconceived notions as to what we would like if we could design the stay ourselves. The cottage at Bird’s Ferry hit all of the buttons! Located on a huge, secluded and private segment of land, this amazing cottage was everything we dreamed of. Unbelievably clean ( which is a must for my wife ), extremely well stocked, and cozy. Our only letdown was having to leave! Alison cooked us a superb dinner, which she left for us in the fridge with directions on how to warm it up. Add a bottle of wine, and two people in love, and you have all the ingredients for an ideal stay. We can’t recommend Birds Ferry Lodge enough.” Trip Advisor 2017

2 night minimum stay on Friday and Saturdays unless you are booking last minute in which case ask us! Tel 0800 212 207. Please be aware that our unsealed road is owned by all the residents that live here and your speed and actions directly affect them. We ask that you keep to the left, keep your speed to no greater than 30 km per hour, and be aware that you may encounter other road users ranging from children walking or on bikes to heavy machinery.