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Bushy Point Fernbirds  Hot
Hotels 5 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Oceania
Country: New Zealand

Bushy Point Fernbirds

Bushy Point Fernbirds Homestay B and B is located on an eco-friendly, privately owned, managed and protected forest & wetland reserve on the edge of the New River Estuary, Invercargill, Southland. The owners have been restoration planting since 1992 and have made their project totally carbon neutral with zero impact on our wetland.

Predator mammals are under constant control on the reserve, which has increased bird populations significantly. Fernbirds can often be seen very close to the boardwalk and heard calling from the house on a still evening. There are reports of reliable views for 99% of watchers. Good numbers of tui and bellbird provide a dawn chorus from our 2 guest rooms and can be seen feeding 1 metre away from the breakfast table. Fantails follow along the walk taking insects on the wing and grey warblers are easily seen. An Australasian Harrier roost nearby draws numbers of hawks back each night.

Bushy Point Fernbirds is only 10 minutes drive from Invercargill, 5 minutes to airport, 25 minutes to Bluff port making it ideal for stopping over before or after Stewart Island, Catlins or Fiordland. Start your NZ holiday from here, recover from jet lag surrounded by nature.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - All our lighting uses energy efficient bulbs. Our winter heating is from locally sourced firewood which also heats our hot water.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Our water is rainwater sourced from our roof. We only use eco friendly cleaning products to to improve the efficency of our grey water disposal. We re -use some grey water on garden plants the remainder passes through a native plant regeneration area.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We actively promote recycling when talking to our guests. Our rubbish is now close to zero. Everything we can recycle we take into the city site on our bob bike trailer. We compost anything organic for our extensive vegetable gardens.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - The reason for the existence of Bushy Point Fernbirds is eco activity. The actual hosting of guests came 2nd. We initially began our regeneration and preadator control to protect the remaining intact forest and bird species. We always talk to our guests about the issues that face our environment and the action we are taking to help protect it.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Bushy Point Fernbirds is situated on its own legally protected reserve and surrounded by a larger public owned reserve. We have just been included as a Ramsar site which has further enhanced our legal protection. We take our guests on a guided walk around our reserve and explain the covenant requirements.

Contact Details

Bushy Point Fernbirds
197 Grant Rd
Otatara No 9RD
New Zealand
64 032131302
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