Birdlings Flat Tourism

Birdling's Flat, originally named Te Mata Hapuku, is a settlement in Canterbury, New Zealand, close to the shore of Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora. Birdling's Flat also commonly refers to the nearby pebble beach that is part of Kaitorete Spit. The beach is well known as a place to find small agates and a variety of other attractive rounded pebbles. Due to strong ocean currents, swimming and surfing is not advised. Birdling's Flat is named for the Birdling family, who were the first European Settlers to farm the area. William Birdling was the first member of the Birdling family to arrive in New Zealand. He was employed by George Rhodes in 1843 to come to Banks Peninsula and work as his overseer. William built a house, Waikoko, in the area which was later to bear his name. On 16 May 1882, a branch line railway was opened to Birdling's Flat from a junction with the Southbridge Branch in Lincoln. This line became known as the Little River Branch, with the extension to Little River opened on 11 March 1886. The railway served Birdling's Flat until its closure on 30 June 1962. The railway's old formation remained well preserved and has now been revitalised into a public walking and cycling track, the Little River Rail Trail. It has been used as a launch site for sounding rockets. The University of Canterbury has a meteorological research station based there. Hector's dolphins live along the beach in notable numbers, and whales, fur seals, much rarer whales and elephant seals are known to appear to cavort and rest.(See also: Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora)


Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Birdlings Flat, New Zealand. Explore Birdlings Flat travel guide before you plan your trip here. A gripping city on its own right, Christchurch also deserves a visit. Christchurch is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Tranzalpine Ride, International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum. If you want to fly to the destination, you can choose the nearest major airport to take a flight. The nearest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. Tour packages of Birdlings Flat are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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  • Know the pollution level of Birdlings Flat before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 19.38 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 32.35 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 26.47 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 23.53 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18.38 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 11.49 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 9.38 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Birdlings Flat for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Birdlings Flat.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.46 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25.32 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 39.56 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.34 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 31.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 41.99 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 35.76 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.73 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.21 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.52 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.08 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.76 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.17 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Birdlings Flat is 195.45 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 60.91 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.79 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.18 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 22.26 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.71 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 80.57 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.52 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 104.21 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Birdlings Flat

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.24 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.47 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 46.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.86 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 73.89 USD

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