Rock hunting at Birdlings Flat….


My friend and I went to Birdlings Flat on Friday and had a fantastic time looking for the perfect pebble on the stony beach or in some cases the perfect rock! The windswept beach is well known for the treacherous surf so rock hunting was at times laced with a bit of danger as sometimes the stone we just had to have just happened to be right beside the tide line πŸ™‚ This gorgeous stone would have to be my favourite!


A sea of stones on a windswept shore…pounding surf and fresh sea air…perfectly shaped greywake flat and round…adorned with delicate patterns of circles and lines… sunlight is glinting revealing a colour…a gorgeous green gem is real beauty discovered…

Deanna Gracie

Some of these stones I collected are purely for inspiration and some I aim to use in my jewellery designs in the future – I’ll keep you posted!


Out of interest I researched a bit of background information about Birdlings Flat. It was originally named Poranui and is a settlement in Canterbury, New Zealand, close to the shore of Lake Ellesmere. 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. Birdling’s Flat is named for the Birdling family, who were the first Pakeha to farm the area. William Birdling, the first member of the Birdling family to arrive in New Zealand 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.

Thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie

4 responses to “Rock hunting at Birdlings Flat….

  1. Beautiful photos of site and stones ! You found real beauties indeed. I love stones of all shapes and shades. I never come back from a walk in the Alps without bringing one or two. Wish you could see them, with your talent you would surely find some inspiration.

  2. Thanks Isa : – )
    I’m sure I would!
    I think all artists must have collecting instincts. I can never go home without a “treasure” of some sort!

  3. I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case, great info…I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

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