A short walk from the lodge into the Kakapotahi Ecological Reserve and you can sense what much of New Zealand was like before European settlement. Walk the sandy beach or borrow the canoes to explore the coastal creeks alone. Alternatively join a guided nature tour for 2 - 5 hours for in-depth interpretation of the ancient coastal forest and rare protected wetlands. The history, from early Maori times, is also uniquely interesting.

Eight different tour locations are available for Paramata Lodge guided tours, to suit special interests and fitness levels. Three fishing rivers for trout and salmon (in season) are within five kilometres and Paramata Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to La Fontaine Stream.

For day trips from the lodge you can visit three National Parks, including Franz Josef Glacier and Punakaiki pancake rocks. There are scenic hikes, trout fishing, bird tours including the rare brown kiwi in the wild, horse treks, flights and heli-hikes. The Hokitika township is 30 minutes drive away with cafes, bars, tourist shops and a shopping centre with local specialities.