Mahitahi Lodge is a great place to base yourself for exploring glacier country, an easy 40 minute drive to Fox Glacier for glacier walks, helihikes, Lake Matheson, Gillespies beach. Then at the end of your day come back to Mahitahi Lodge with the peace and seclusion of beautiful Bruce Bay. Take a leisurely stroll on the beach, feed our eels or take one of John's tours subject to availability.



Fox Glacier

Visit Fox Glacier where you can walk to the glacier, or take a helicopter flight. Guided treks on the ice are also available.

Walk around Lake Mathieson just out of Fox Glacier. This lake is often referred to as the "mirror lake".



The Mahitahi Tour

John would be only too pleased to take you on a local interpretation tour of the environment, culture and history of Bruce Bay. Learn about the native birds inhabiting area and the Mahitahi Wildlife Protection community volunteer programme which John has set up to protect them. The area holds a historical significance especially for the local maori (Runanga) who have since built a marae opposite the beach.

In season, September to November, catch your own whitebait for breakfast, a New Zealand delicacy. Whitebait fritters are thoroughly enjoyed by guests.



Bruce Bay Walk

Enjoy a 3 hour walk in the southern part of Bruce Bay which starts by crossing the Mahitahi River. Take a magical walk on a beach where the rainforest grows to meet the waves from the Tasman Sea and where the shells, driftwood and sand create new patterns on the beach every day. Follow what was once the pathway of the original inhabitants some 700 years past. Pan the gold-bearing black sands, a reason for the gold rush in 1864 and the surveying of Weldtown. Walk the old tram track and discover the resting relics of logging days since past. Try a spot of fishing, take photographs or just enjoy the ambience and views from this secluded spot.




Fishing equipment is available at Mahitahi Lodge. A licence is required for Trout and Salmon. All these fish are superb eating, John and Jacqui will even prepare a delightful dish with them if required.

Spin fish or surf cast at the mouth of the Mahitahi River for kahawai, a great fighting fish on light tackle. Brown trout are in moderate numbers in the Mahitahi, Jacobs and Paringa rivers and Lake Paringa. A Salmon run occurs late February through March also in these rivers and lake. Surf cast on the beach for lemon fish and elephant fish and even the occasional snapper.



Hot tub

At the end of a long day and pleasant dinner there is nothing better than on a clear evening to relax in the outdoor hot tub and do a spot of star gazing.



Kayak the Golden Mile

Take our kayaks and paddle the 'golden mile', a sedate and beautiful stream running through the rain forest. The yellow flower of the kowhai tree signifies the start of spring and the whitebait run.



South Westland Salmon Farm & Cafe - Paringa

Set in beautiful native forest and only approximately 20 minutes drive south on the main highway from Mahitahi Lodge. This licensed café features a variety of home-cooked food to suit most tastes and budgets. Feed the salmon, purchase salmon products, novelties and souvenirs



Eel feeding

A small stream in the forest behind Mahitahi Lodge carries a number of eels. They love being fed the meat and fish scraps from the kitchen but they do not appreciate being caught.