Close to Blenheim and Seddon, this area offers opportunities for hunting, mountain biking and tramping.

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Find things to do and places to stay Ferny Gair Conservation Area

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Getting there

Ferny Gair Conservation Area is south of Blenheim.

There is only limited access available, most of it through private land. Be advised that landowners are not required to provide access.

South side via the Awatere Valley Road

Walking and mountain bike access is available into Black Birch Scenic Reserve off Awatere Valley Road. A small area for car parking is available just east of Black Birch Stream. From here, the marked track crosses private land to access the reserve. Hunters, on foot, may use this access. Dogs must have a permit and be on a lead while crossing this private land.

Walking and mountain bike access up Black Birch Road is open. 4WD access is available.

Off-road vehicle users must register with DOC before entering the Ferny Gair Conservation Area/Black Birch Reserve. Find out about more about vehicle access, restrictions, and how to register your vehicle.

North side

Access is available up the Tummil River, Waihopai Valley. Contact Bernard Mason, phone +64 3 572 4803. There is a charge for this access across private property.

No dogs are permitted through this private property due to risk of sheep measles.

Helicopter access 

Some areas are not accessible by road or track. Helicopter operators must have a landing concession.

Know before you go

The Black Birch Stream catchment provides the water supply for the Awatere Valley and Seddon township. You must ensure toilet waste is buried at least 50 m from any waterway.

Hunters should dispose of all animal remains at least 50 m from any waterway.


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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