Located in the Marlborough region
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.
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.
Off road vehicle access is available using Black Birch Road 4WD track. Find out about motor vehicle access and registration.
Ferny Gair can be accessed via the Avon valley by obtaining permission to cross private land. Contact Bernard and Jo Mason phone +64 3 572 4803. (Access is closed late winter/ early spring due to farming activities.) If permission is granted a key can be obtained from the Masons for a small donation.
From Avondale Road a 4WD track for 6 km through private property will take you to the Ferny Gair Conservation Area Boundary. From here a 2 hr 30 min walk on a marked track up the Tummil River takes you to Lake Alexander.
No dogs are permitted through this private property due to risk of sheep measles.
Some areas are not accessible by road or track. Helicopter operators must have a landing concession.
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.