Recommended Local Partners

Over the years since we opened Birds Ferry Lodge in 2004 we have learn of many New Zealand tourism businesses which are too good to miss! Click on the link to be taken to their website in a new window.

Recommended accommodation:

Almyra at Kina Retreat – Kina Peninsula – Nelson

Almyra at Kina Retreat offers two luxuriously appointed suites in a boutique contemporary accommodation situated on the idyllic Kina Peninsula close to the Abel Tasman National Park. This world-class accommodation has been designed and beautifully equipped for discerning couples seeking tranquillity and amazing views in a peaceful setting overlooking the ocean and Mt Arthur Ranges, but within easy drive of both the National Park and Nelson. Both Self Contained and B & B options are offered; together with free wifi; Nespresso coffee machines; Ipod docks; guest parking; outdoor solar heated swimming pool; petanque court and gardens leading to the water’s edge and natural beach at Kina.

Mt Nicholas Station – White’s Bay Cabin – Queenstown

Whether it’s a secluded private destination in which to relax or to actively enjoy the spectacular high country, Mt Nicholas is where it begins. Experience one of New Zealand’s most historic, family-run, fully operational High Country Station with over 100,000 acres for you to explore. From towering mountain peaks, alpine hideaways, glistening lakes, expansive tussock plains, beautiful river valleys and native forest, Mt Nicholas has it all. You won’t want to leave.

Murrell’s Grand View House – Manapouri – Fiordland:

Murrell’s Grand View House, Manapouri provides boutique bed and breakfast accommodation and is ideally located for Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Fiordland. Enjoy magnificent lake and mountain views, peace and privacy. Built in 1889 the house is the oldest of its kind in New Zealand and is located just minutes from the beach, beautiful Lake Manapouri and the departure point for Doubtful Sound cruises. Hosts Robert and Philippa Murrell provide personal service and traditional hospitality in a unique and stunning location. Come and enjoy the view.

The Lodge at Tikana – Browns – Winton- Southland:

The Lodge at Tikana, nestled amongst the fertile hills of Southland, New Zealand, offers guests their own exclusive accommodation space to fully relax and unwind. Tikana caters for single party bookings seeking exclusive, luxury lodge accommodation in the South Island of New Zealand.

Ti Kouka House – Barrytown – Punakaiki – West Coast:

A purpose built Bed and Breakfast on the rugged West Coast of the South Island New Zealand. There are three lovely guest rooms, each with ensuite bathroom and its own private deck overlooking the sea. The house is unique in its design and the attention to detail is surprising. Recycled timbers have been used throughout. The comfortable lounge area and fireplace add to the atmosphere. During summer, breakfast will be served on the patio.

Recommended Activities:

Air Milford – Queenstown:

Experience New Zealand flightseeing at its best with a Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly, with Air Milford. Or choose from its fun, friendly and exclusive flight seeing tours of Doubtful Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook. Air Milford is a family owned and operated aviation company, which prides itself on offering: Personalised flight seeing, a 100% safety record, and the largest aeroplane to fly into Milford Sound – the modern 14 seater Cessna Caravan. You can also charter flights and enjoy even more of the dramatic scenery of New Zealand’s Fiordland and Southern Alps.

Browns Ski Shop – Queenstown:

Snowboard & Ski Rental – it’s a piece of cake! We know what we are doing, we have been at it for over 30 years. We love to ski & ride & want to help you get the same buzz. Browns Ski Shop offers quality ski & snowboard rental equipment which is serviced after every rental, helping you to maximise your potential. Save your energy for the slopes – we will deliver and collect equipment from most major hotels in town as well as offer the facilities to take days off at no cost.

Family Adventures- Queenstown:

Family Adventures – are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the gentle upper reaches of the famous gold bearing Shotover River, close by to Queenstown. Suitable for everyone from 3 years old, the only rafting company in Queenstown to carry children under 13 years. We travel into the canyon over the extraordinary engineering feat that is Skippers Road – literally hand-built by Gold Miners back in the 1880’s using picks, shovels, hand drills & dynamite! Our float trip begins at Lord of the Rings site the “Ford of Bruinen”, & passes gold mining relics and spectacular scenery. Water confidence not necessary, swimming is optional! A fantastic half day adventure for young and old alike.

Guided Nature Walks & Guided Snowshoe Walks – Queenstown:

Guided Nature Walks‘s philosophy is to give guests an interactive nature experience – a hands on understanding of every component of New Zealand’s South Island wilderness. Visitors to Queenstown & Wanaka have a choice of expeditions on foot, either Privately Guided walks specially tailored to their requirements and ability, or half and full day hikes in small groups.

Snow shoeing:

Experience the serenity of the spectacular ‘back country’ around Queenstown this winter on Snowshoes! Get away from the busy ski fields and spice up your time in Queenstown with a snowshoeing trip.

Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters – Queenstown –

We operate a modern fleet of helicopters amongst the spectacular setting of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, predominantly in Queenstown, Fiordland, the Southern Lakes and Aoraki Mt Cook. Our range of scenic flights offer an insight into these magnificent regions and we provide an experience which is second to none. With exclusive landing rights at remote and breath-taking locations you can really experience the beauty and tranquillity that this area is famous for.

Limousine Line – Queenstown:

Limousine Line, Queenstown, offer luxurious chauffeur driven transport throughout the South Island for weddings, scenic tours, wine trails, airport transfers or any other special event or occasion. Relax in pure luxury, comfort and style as our professional and friendly chauffeurs take care of all your travel or sightseeing requirements and ensure your occasion is a truly memorable one.

Norwest Adventures – Westport, West Coast:

Congratulations on choosing New Zealand for your eco-adventure holiday. Your search has uncovered several of New Zealand’s most celebrated eco-adventures: from passive eco-train & cave tours to the sublime Underworld Rafting, or perhaps even full on adventure caving. They are all here at Charleston near Westport on the South Island’s West Coast. We invite you to share with us a voyage of discovery. We guarantee your Underworld Adventure will be a highlight of your New Zealand experience!

Rosco’s Milford Kayaks – Milford Sound – Fiordland:

Rosco’s Milford Kayaks is NZ’s longest owner-operated sea kayaking business (over 20 years). It is the only kayak operator based in Milford Sound and the only one that operates kayak trips year round in Milford Sound. Do you want to REALLY get amongst it!? We’re sure you’ll agree with us and the Lonely Planet that sea kayaking is by far the best way to truly discover Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand. Regardless of whether you’re a first time paddler or an experienced kayaker, come join one of our various guided expeditions at Rosco’s Milford Kayaks and get set to experience the eco-adventure of a lifetime!

Southern Lakes Helicopters – Te Anau, Fiordland:

Southern Lakes Helicopters welcome you to experience the Fiordland that we know…a wilderness of spectacular scenery that is isolated and untouched. We are an established helicopter company based in Te Anau, Fiordland with a very good reputation. We offer scenic flights, heli-skiing, snow landings, ‘coach-cruise and fly’ options and can cater to the pursuits of the outdoor enthusiast. Your requirements will be met by experienced, high flight-time pilots and personnel committed to customer satisfaction through personalised service.

Pacific Jemm Luxury Charters – Queenstown:

The Pacific Jemm is the only luxury boat available for charter in Queenstown. Pacific Jemm, Queenstown is renowned for her comfort and slender. The perfect solution for business or pleasure, we make your entertaining easy, with on-board catering facilities and the range of options available to you. We want your event to be successful and we work hard to ensure your occasion, celebration, or adventure is perfect for you and your guests. Weddings and honeymoons, Conference and VIP events, Scenic lake cruises, Lunches or dinners (2 highly Qualified chefs with a ‘world’ of experience), 5 star Accommodation – four rooms all with ensuites, We are flexible and will accommodation any functionBreak away from the usual and go for the extraordinary: The Pacific Jemm – Queenstown.

Queenstown Wine Trail – Queenstown:

Queenstown Wine Trail. Queenstown’s original wine tour offers a fun & informative afternoon enjoying award winning wines and local hospitality.

Trail Journeys and the Otago Central Railtrail – Central Otago:

Head out with Trail Journeys on a bike ride through the beautiful Central Otago region to relive the glory of the gold rush days. Trail Journeys is one of the first companies to operate on the very popular Otago Central Railtrail in the Southern part of New Zealand. They provide all the services associated with the trail including guided tours, bike hire, transport, accommodation bookings and many off trail activities. Customized packages and a fleet of buses, vans and shuttle trailers from Trail Journeys, make the experience comfortable and hassle-free. Join Shayne and his team to take in the serenity, safety, scenery, socializing and soft adventure that the trail offers.

Ulva’s Guided Walks – Stewart Island:

Explore Ulva Island with Ulva’s Guided Walks on Stewart Island, New Zealand. Ulva’s Guided Walks was named by the owner, Ulva Goodwillie – who just happens to be named after the Island. Ulva is a direct descendant of the first Maori peoples of Stewart Island and is passionate and very knowledgeable about this special place. Ulva and her team of local guides would love to share this experience with you … we will provide you with a unique experience, learning about native flora and fauna from a Maori and local Stewart Island perspective. Come along on the half day Guided Walk on Ulva Island or the full day Birding Bonanza!

Vertigo Bikes – Queenstown:

Vertigo Bikes is Queenstown’s best known and longest established mountain bike and heli-bike guiding company. Why ride with Vertigo Bikes? , Internationally experienced guides , Exclusive access to the best mountain biking terrain in the Queenstown area! , One of the highest Heli-Bike landing spot in the area, and also the best heli-biking trail, offering a beautiful mixture of terrain in a spectacular setting! , We are setting the industry standard in terms of safe operating procedures, ensuring all our customers have a safe and enjoyable ride. The best quality equipment for our customers. Bikes are upgraded every year.



Please refer to our things to do page for the full range of things to do whilst staying at Birds Ferry Lodge.