Birds Eye View Lodge

Covid-19 update

Due to the current COVID19 Level 4 Alert, our campsites and huts around NZ are closed until 22 April 2020.

We are looking forward to hosting glamping guests around NZ as soon as we're able to. If you're keen to make a booking beyond April 22nd, please rest assured that we will offer postponement/refund options should COVID-19 travel restrictions affect your booking.

Birds Eye View Lodge


Bird's Eye View Lodge is set on Berwyn Farm in South Canterbury. It's about 20 minutes from Timaru and just under 3 hours drive from Christchurch.

Bird's Eye View Lodge is a true kiwi back country hut adventure - without the two day tramp to get there! While slightly more basic in its facilities than some of our other glamping locations, this hut is an experience like no other.

Transported by your host Gerry, in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, you'll climb slowly over half an hour, up through the stunning scenery of the farm. When you get there, you'll find a place of incredible magic.

Sitting at the very top of the Hunter Hills, often above the clouds, the lodge has breath-taking panoramic views stretching from the Fairlie Basin, the Port Hills, Canterbury Plains and coastline, to Mt Hutt, and the Southern Alps. At night, the clear night sky, completely free of light pollution, is a spectacle of stars and planets.

The lodge itself is comfortable, cosy and atmospheric. Filled with curiosities and olde world finds, you'll almost feel like you've stepped back in time. 

Once you're at the lodge, you'll be there until Gerry is back to collect you... But you'll find plenty to keep you entertained! The farm has some fantastic walking - with wildlife like deer and wallabies to spot. Mountain bikers are welcome to bring their bikes to explore the farm on wheels. Or simply cosy up with a good book, a board game and a glass of wine by the fire.


FROM $340 p/n

Includes 4x4 transfers to lodge

  • Sleeps 6
            Child Friendly
      Child Friendly
            Winter Escape
      Winter Escape

Make sure you download or print this info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.


Berwyn Farm, 3292 Back Line Rd, Otaio 7971


Bird's Eye View Lodge is just under 3 hours from Christchurch city. It's well positioned for a stop over if you're heading down the coast towards The Caitlins or Dunedin. Follow the Google Maps directions to get there.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Bird's Eye View Lodge is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook your meals using the facilities provided in the lodge. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

    Make sure you stock up supplies either before you leave or in Timaru prior to heading to Berwyn Farm.

  • Things to do

    Once you're at Bird's Eye View Lodge, you're there for the duration of your stay. But you won't run out of things to do! 

    Soak in the bath 'on top of the world' and gaze at the incredible views that surround you. Soak at night, and be mesmerised by the blanket of crystal clear stars above.

    Hunker down in the lodge by the fire with good company and a good book, or battle it out over a board game.

    If you want to get adventurous, explore the surrounding farmland on foot or wheels (if you bring your mountain bike).

  • Your Hosts

    Your hosts at Bird's Eye View Lodge on Berwyn Farm, are the warm and friendly, Gerry and Odette.

    Bird's Eye View Lodge was built by Gerry and Odette some years ago, as a family wilderness escape on the farm. It was built from the timber milled from some macrocarpa trees on the property - trees that Gerry's father had planted when Gerry was just a boy.

    When the trees were felled, they felt they wanted to do something special with them. The spot on the Hunter Hills, at the top corner of their property had always been thought of as the perfect place to build a hut - and the idea to create a family escape was born.

    After years of family use, Gerry and Odette decided to open the lodge up to guests - and have loved sharing their special spot with others. 

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