What to do at Birds Ferry Lodge

With so much to do on the Northern West Coast , allow us to make some suggestions!

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 longest swing bridge. If you are here for the action, you won’t be disappointed.

And if you are not an adventure seeker then our selection of walks will give you lots to choose from. Andre will guide you if you wish and if your stay is for 2 nights or more then a guided walk of our property is complimentary.

Here we have extracted some information from the websites of these local activity providers – We hope to give you a taste of what they offer so that you can then contact them yourselves for more information.

The Westport I Site will also be happy to assist with activity bookings. Tel 03 789 6658

Water Activities

If you enjoy wet and wild water adventures, the West Coast is most definitely the place for you to be. From sea to mountain eco-tours to trout fishing and horse trekking, it is all here to be enjoyed!

Norwest Adventures, Charleston -10 Minutes South

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.

We are Norwest Adventures Limited. Established in 1987 and world famous for our #1 adventure, ‘Underworld Rafting’. We now offer a full repertoire of Underworld Adventures for all ages and abilities. We invite you to explore our featured adventures and contact us to secure a booking.

Underworld Rafting

Is a very special Cave Rafting Adventure in the Paparoa National Park. Take the rainforest train through primeval rain forest, explore an enormous calcitic cave paradise complete with an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites.

Float through incredible Glow-worm lit grottoes and have fun bouncing down the Nile River rapids.

Adventure Caving

Is full on expedition style caving where you explore an amazing sporty cave complete with abseils ladder climbs, squeezes, & crawls through cascading waterways.

The Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour

Is a superb eco-cave tour where you travel by the rainforest train through primeval rain forest and explore the enormous Nile River Caves.

You walk amidst a pristine ancient “wonderland” of stalactites and stalagmites & “galaxies” of Glow-worms.

The Charleston Nile River Rainforest

Train is a short interpretative train ride in open carriages through primeval rain forest in to the magnificent Nile River Canyon.

You pass through the film sites for the “The Lost World” film production and have time for a short walk to the Nile River Suspension Bridge.

Web www.caverafting.com Tel 0800 116686/ 03 788 8168

Buller Adventure Tours, Westport -15 Minutes north

The Buller River is the principal river on the West Coast flowing swiftly from its source Lake Rotoiti at Nelson Lakes westward to the Tasman Sea at Westport.

For most of its 169 kilometers the river is contained within steep sided, bush clad gorges creating the most remarkable and spectacular scenery, particularly in the Lower Buller Gorge.

State Highways 63 and 6 follow the river for most of its length and the ever changing light on the densely forested ranges makes the drive through the Lower Buller Gorge, the Gateway to the Northern West Coast,stunning no matter what the weather!

The adventure base is set amongst the virgin native rainforest of the Lower Buller Gorge, with the backdrop of the magnificent Paparoa Mountain Ranges and the impressive Buller River at their doorstep.

Buller Adventure Tours, with its 20 years of providing unique West Coast Adventure, has activities which are as dynamic and diverse as its awe-inspiring surroundings.

Web www.adventuretours.co.nz  Tel 0800 697 286

Kayaking on the Porirari River, Punakaiki - 30 Minutes South

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 and 30 Minutes drive South of Birds Ferry Lodge.

Families and beginner paddlers can enjoy the peaceful Pororari River and lagoon with its majestic limestone gorge and lush rain forest.

www.riverkayaking.co.nz Tel 03 73 11 870

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