December / January / February
Summer brings us more sunshine hours than in Auckland and daylight extends to 9-10 pm. Tourism reaches a peak in February but Paramata Lodge remains peaceful and secluded. The native birds are actively feeding their young and it's the best time for the white heron and kiwi nesting site tours. Mountain kea (native parrot) sometimes descend to this area and flowering trees like Rata are most spectacular.

March / April / May
Autumn is when the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival is held (March). Native birds especially kereru (native wood pigeon) feed on fruiting kahikatea trees. Whitebait are spawning in tidal areas and it's a good time for trout and salmon fishing.

June / July / August
Winter brings cooler nights but also beautiful still, clear sunny days so this is the best time of year for a scenic mountain flight. Sunsets are brilliant from the lodge and beach walks a speciality. First lambs born late July. Skiers enjoy Paramata Lodge luxury en route to the ski fields in Wanaka and Queenstown.

September / October / November
Spring brings lush new growth to the forest. Clematis, orchids and small trees are flowering attracting the nectar-feeding birds. It's fishing season when native whitebait (juvenile galaxiids) return from salt to fresh water and this brings the local fishers to the river mouths. Birds like pukeko and weka (swamp rail) entertain lodge guests with their mating rituals.