Over the years we have visited Birdlings Flat as kids to go fossicking, have been privileged to watch the ancient and traditional Tuna practices. We have visited as a family when the Easterly was so strong you could hardly stand up. Have been there when the sea was so rough and loud you could not hear what the person next to you was saying. It is always fantastic if you are lucky enough to visit when the Lake has been opened to the sea. We have visited friends who now live there for a cup of tea and chatted to friends and strangers you meet on the beach.I take all visitors there and visit at least once each time I come home because you know that there will always be something or someone interesting to see or experience. I used to think that this was "my special place", but this place is special to many people for many different reasons and I now realise that I am just a lucky visitor.
For all the amazing things about Birdlings Flat, it is part of our kiwi psyche, that the favourite time to visit is in the middle of winter, when there is not another soul to be seen and you have the whole place all to yourself. Thank goodness all those thousands of people who drive past, just keep on driving.