Bushy Point Fernbirds - Eco friendly B&B | Off The Beaten Track

Bushy Point Fernbirds - Eco friendly B&B

Bed & Breakfast

Otatara, Southland                    Listed By Ian and Jenny



We are a completely unique Bed & Breakfast in Southland, New Zealand with a natural environment ideal for birdwatching or just chilling out. There is no passing traffic, we are so secluded you feel you are staying in a B&B deep in the forest.

We operate our business with the least environmental impact possible. We have planted forest restoration using locally sourced plants. We use our car as little as possible, preferring cycling. Our winter heating is mainly locally sourced firewood. We use natural cleaning products, our water supply is rainwater.

We are secluded but only 10 minutes drive from Invercargill! We are close to the airport and 25 minutes from Bluff port both of which provide transport to Rakiura (Stewart Island).
We are 2.5 hours drive from Queenstown which is the closest international airport. All this makes it the perfect location for accommodation before or following Rakiura (Stewart Island) or the Catlins coast and Fiordland on the Southern Scenic route.

We offer free wireless internet.

Unique Experiences at Bushy Point Fernbirds - Eco friendly B&B

  1. Opportunities to see native New Zealand birds
  2. Experience silence and solitude in native NZ bush
  3. Private access to our wetland walk

Why You Will Love Bushy Point Fernbirds - Eco friendly B&B

Included in our tariff this season is a guided walk. We explain our history with this place and the natural history of the reserve. With some luck we may show you Matata (fernbirds). The Fernbird is the resident iconic bird of Bushy Point. They are locally common but notorious for being difficult to find. Our private track and boardwalk from our door takes you through the best habitat to see or photograph fernbirds. We give our guests the very best opportunities to get good views of Fernbirds using our knowledge of their behaviour gained in 20 years. Fernbirds can be seen all year but are more difficult in very windy conditions.
Tui and Bellbirds are resident in varying numbers all year. There are Silvereye, Fantails and occasional Brown Creeper. NZ Pigeon pass through. The Harrier Hawk roosts in the rushland and White faced Herons in the tall trees. Morepork are rare but can be seen. The nearby estuary has Spoonbills, Pied Stilts, Oystercatchers, Terns, Kingfishers and Godwits.
You may also walk the track and boardwalk on our pest protected reserve at your leisure. Recover from your journey in total peace and quiet.

Bushy Point Fernbirds B&B is on the edge of the New River Estuary. Our property has a sequence from podocarp forest with trees 400 years old to salt marsh which gives our walk a big variety of bird habitat in a 600 metre loop.
Our private reserve is part of a larger public reserve all of which is intensively trapped for pest control by volunteers including ourselves. The pest control has boosted the number of birds considerably. Fernbirds are now being found outside their normal range. The township of Otatara has an active pestbuster group which is also helping the bird population.
Our property is legally protected in perpetuity under a QEII Open Space covenant. It is also part of the Awarua Ramsar wetlands of international importance site.

- "Loved this place. You can walk around the property through forest and wetlands and observe a variety of native birds including the endangered Fernbird. The log fire was very welcome in the cold weather along with a bowl of chocolate. Its great to see people so passionate about caring for the environment."
- "We came here for a relax in nature and that is exactly what we got ... thank you for a lovely stay in paradise."
- "We loved meeting the owners and hearing how they restored the property and saved the unique habitats for the fern birds and brown creepers to name just a few! The bedroom was very comfortable, spotlessly clean and spacious! Breakfast was homemade and delicious! We really enjoyed the nature walk with Ian and learned a lot about birds, nature and New Zealand in general"

Accommodation Types

Bushy Point Fernbirds - MAX GUESTS: 4.

Bushy Point Fernbirds has 3 guest rooms. We can take 2 couples or 3 singles. Our rooms do not have ensuites. The bathroom is located close to the bedrooms. We normally will only take 1 booking per day but there may be times you will be sharing a bathroom with other guests.

Our guest rooms are serviced daily. This is included in the room rate above. Our tariff also includes a guided nature walk on our property with a chance of seeing fernbirds.

Our personal accommodation is upstairs.

View Amenities

$170.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)
$90.00 per additional guest

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Property Amenities

-2WD access all areas
Family Friendly
Property Manager on site
RV/Motorhome accessible
-Shop/groceries with 5kms
Unsealed Roads


Nature Walks
Sustainable Stays: Eco | Off Grid | Organic

Eating & Drinking

We are a B&B only. We prefer guests do not use our kitchen.There are 2 good restaurants within a few minutesí drive. Those 2 and 1 in the city provide a free van service.

About the Landowner, Ian and Jenny

Stay in accommodation you will remember always as part of your New Zealand experience. A small slice of New Zealand the way it used to be.

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