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Your stay at Ghost Lodge, nestled in the enchanting landscape of Granity near Westport, promises an escape filled with natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation. To ensure your visit is as magical as the surroundings, it’s crucial to consider the best times to visit, the seasonal highlights that await, and insider tips for securing the best rates and packages. 

Here’s our guide to the seasons on the West Coast, and how you can make the most of your stay at Ghost Lodge.

Spring (September – November): 

Spring on the West Coast is a time of natural awakening, with lush forests, tranquil beaches, and spring rain.

At Ghost Lodge, this vibrant season is marked by the whitebait season, an integral time of year for many locals, from 1 September to 30 October.

The mild spring air, offers a serene setting for both adventure and relaxation, making it a perfect time of year to engage with the region’s rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty.

Summer (December – February): 

Summer at Ghost Lodge brings peak season vibrancy with sun-soaked days and crisp nights. Ideal temperatures make it a haven for beach and nature enthusiasts.

Boogie boarding in the surf and fishing are popular, along with better access to popular tracks including The Old Ghost Road.

Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. 

Autumn (March – May): 

Autumn transforms the West Coast into a peaceful haven, with landscapes turning from vibrant green to warm golds and ambers.

This season combines mild weather and fewer visitors, perfect for leisurely exploration of nature and quaint towns.

The lingering warmth and quieter roads offer a relaxed vibe, ideal for outdoor activities like hiking and cycling. Nearby Westport and further South in Hokitika, are noted with their sunshine days in the Autumn.

This time also brings off-season deals, and can often be a very budget friendly option for a off-peak getaway.

Winter (June – August): 

Winter at Ghost Lodge offers a cozy escape on the West Coast, with the lodge’s open fireplace providing a warm centerpiece for relaxation. Enjoy a hearty meal at the Ngakawau Tavern or prepare a home cooked meal for your group at the lodge in the fully equipped kitchen.

If you’re planning a trip to the Coast in winter, it pays to check the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) website for updates on the  road conditions, particularly across Arthurs & Lewis Passes.

Winter days at the lodge are often sunny and showcase the areas stunning clarity and tranquility. Enjoy a winter getaway, in a family friendly retreat in a unique and tranquil location.

Seasonal Highlights to Enhance Your Stay

Each season brings its unique attractions and activities, making Ghost Lodge a year-round destination. From spring’s blooming landscapes and summer’s vibrant beach life to autumn’s golden trails and winter’s serene beauty, there’s always something special to experience. Consider aligning your visit with local festivals, events, or natural phenomena to add an extra layer of excitement to your trip.

Book Direct for the Best Deals:

For the most competitive rates and exclusive packages, booking directly with Ghost Lodge is the way to go. Direct bookings often come with special offers, added flexibility, and personalised service to make your stay even more memorable.

Plan ahead and book direct to secure your stay at our best rates. By booking in advance you will be able to select the room of your choice, or even book the entire lodge out for your group. Additionally, traveling during the shoulder or winter months can offer significant savings and a different perspective on the region’s beauty. With fewer tourists, you’ll enjoy a more intimate experience of the West Coast’s charms.

Check out our booking page, and like/follow us on Facebook to get updates on special promotions, last-minute deals and any off season discounts.