Bird’s Ferry Lodge
The West Coast of New Zealand is a great choice for a base for those who want to explore the county’s wild outdoors. If you are looking for a location for indulging in everything the wild side of New Zealand offers, the Bird’s Ferry Lodge is a good option. Guests can enjoy can enjoy the great outdoors or simply relax and enjoy the views.
You can be sure of this bed and breakfast’s eco-friendly credentials – it was awarded the Enviro Gold by Tourism New Zealand in August 2009. This is the highest award that eco-friendly lodgings can receive.
The owners are committed to sustainability. It has solar power for water heating. The Lodge harvests water for use in its garden, which produces food for the guests. They have a comprehensive composting program and recycle materials when possible.
Guests can choose the guest house or the cottage. If you are staying in the guest house, there is a choice of two rooms – the Garden View Lodge or the Totara Valley Lodge Room. Both are nicely furnished. For the ultimate indulgence guests can choose the Ferry Man’s Cottage which sits on its own 12-acre private lot. There is a kitchen so that you can prepare your own meals. The best feature of the Cottage has to be the outdoor twin baths.
The Flying Fox, Whanganui
This delightful eco-friendly place stay is located on the lower North Island of the country. If you want to get away from it all this is the place for you. To access The Flying Fox, you either have to take a cable car or a jet boat – there are no roads to the property. You really can escape completely. For those looking to switch off their phone this is compulsory here as there is no signal. Don’t worry to too much though as there is Wi-Fi so connection to the outside world is still possible if you really can’t switch off.
The scenery is just breathtaking. You can take tours around the local area or simply sit back and take in the views.
The cottages are constructed from recycled materials. Guests can enjoy home cooked meals with fresh organic ingredients.
Magic Cottages at Takou River
You will quickly see why Magic Cottages have been voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand. You can choose from four luxurious cottages set in 150 acres of land on Takou Bay.
The Magic Cottages prove that you can have luxury and ecotourism in one package. The Cottages have their own organic garden. The owners make sure that they adhere to sustainable water conservation and recycling practices.
There is a choice of accommodation which includes the main lodge, self-contained cottages and a new ‘glamping” site. Guests can stay in luxury safari style canvas tents. You can book luxury experiences including romantic fine dining and massage therapy.
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy including swimming at one of the nearby beaches or in the river.