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“Fun at Rough and Tumble” 5 of 5 stars
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Mokihinui Road, Seddonville 7891, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Seddonville B&B and Inns
Woodstock,NY
1 review
“Fun at Rough and Tumble”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

I have read good reviews about the setting of the lodge on this site so I will try to add to them. We stayed at the lodge for 5 nights, 2 of the nights we were the only guests and 3 nights there was another couple and 2 families with 2 children each. The owners of the lodge did a great job making all the guests happy; Marion with all the activities he offered, he took us on a special bush hike Christmas Day, drove my husband and I to another hike, songfest by the campfire one night etc and Susan made all the meals fit everyones' taste, fresh and delicious home cooked meals (breakfast and dinner in the lodge, bagged lunches for the day). They really want you to have a good time. You can also just relax on the large deck, by the fireplace in the lodge, in the bush bath (fun, fun, fun) or in the quiet rooms. The beach close to the lodge is deserted and beautiful. The Rough and Tumble is relaxing, fun and a good value with owners who know what they are doing.

Stayed December 2007
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Free Union, Virginia
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2007

Definitely rustic but a really wonderful place. We had both dinner and breakfast prepared by Susan and it was some of the best we had in NZ (and we stayed at many 4 and 5* places). Beautiful setting.

One note: there are sandflies. If you plan on spending time outside please bring bugspray.

  • Liked — The location & the food
  • Disliked — sandflies
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sydney
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2007

The Rough and Tumble Lodge is a really special place to stay. It is on the banks of the beautiful Mokinhui River on the West Coast of New Zealand and is surrounded by native bush. It is slightly off the beaten tourist track and is a perfect place to wind down and see some of the real New Zealand.

The accomodation is very comfortable with spectacular views onto native bush and the hum of the river to fall asleep to at night. The beds are possibly the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in!

The friendly hosts, Susan and Weasel, also provide the dinners and breakfasts which were very hearty, tasty and generously sized.

I had a brilliant time and am planning my next trip soon.

Stayed June 2007
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Nelson
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2007

Our family of two adults and two children spent a weekend at the Rough and Tumble Lodge. The lodge opened in December 2006 and has been designed and purpose built by a couple of enthusiasts - Susan and Weasel - who obviously know what they are doing.

The lodge contains a wonderful communal lounge, dining and mezzanine area that looks out to native bush and over the Mokihinui River. All the bedrooms look onto pristine native bush. The bedrooms contain a generous king size bed downstairs and two single beds upstairs in a loft, though sleeping arrangements can easily be re-configured. There are just four units, so the lodge retains an intimate feel.

The tarrif includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the meals we had were delicious and the children's tastes were well catered for. The BYO arrangement works a treat and helps keep your costs down. Mind you, the tarrif is reasonable for three meals, superior accommodation and superb hosting.

Susan and Weasel are experienced operators and can provide lots of local advice on walkways, fishing and 'adventure' activities. The area also has a rich local heritage and history with coal mining sites. They also provide entertainment, should you express interest, in the form of violin and fiddle, intelligent conversation and camp fires. The lodge is also a great place for a tranquil and peaceful weekend.

The West Coast has a reputation for wet weather but we struck three sunny days. If it does rain, the lodge is the perfect place to curl up in front of the fire with a good book and a glass of wine.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Christchurch
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2007

We booked into Rough and Tumble Lodge for only two nights - if we knew how wonderful it was going to be we should have booked for longer.
The lodge is situated in a paradise of native bush, with mountains and rivers right at the door. Truly a piece of heaven we were fortunate enough to enjoy.
Our stay was very relaxing, with gentle bush walks. If our young children were not with us we would have attempted some of the more challenging hikes in the area or the river rafting - will have to return for these and the fabulous trought fishing (which is right at the front door).
Rough and Tumble Lodge is a wonderful looking lodge, blending in with the environment superbly. It is very well appointed, comfortable beds, and room for 4 in a unit - with 2 downstairs and 2 upstairs on the mezanine floor. Delightful to go to sleep looking out the large window at the gorgeous southern hemisphere starlit sky.
Our hosts were very friendly, welcoming and accommodating to our wishes and needs (with a young baby we were probably more demanding than other guests). We enjoyed delicious meals - Susan is an excellent cook.
We had a truly relaxing and rejuvenating time and will definitely return in the future.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — too short a stay
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2007

There is no doubt in my mind that New Zealand's West Coast is one of the most spectacular places on earth. I am equally certain that those planning a visit could not wish for a better place to stay than the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge. Surrounded on three sides by magnificent native forest, and looking out over the white-water of the Mokihinui River, the R&T is the perfect place to get away from it all.

And get away was what my friends and I did for 5 glorious days last month. When the sun shone we explored the environs in a series of spectacular bush-walks. When the rain (inevitably) came we curled up on couches in the main lodge, read books, drank wine, toasted marshmallows over the open fire and watched the river rage by. No less conducive to total relaxation were our beautiful timber rooms, all of which looked out into (and indeed almost seemed part of) the forest, and which possessed beds so comfortable it was a miracle we got up at all. As there was a group of us, we were able to choose the self-catering option offered by the R&T, but if the one meal cooked for us by our hosts is anything to go by, those opting to have all meals provided are in for a culinary treat.

And the negatives? Well, to my mind there is only one, the ubiquitous West Coast sandflies. Thankfully, at the R&T the lodge and all rooms are well protected by insect screens, and complimentary repellent is always at hand.

Finally, lest you think my praise of the R&T is exaggerated, I can offer no greater proof of my sincerity than this: in December my partner and I are returning to New Zealand from the UK and plan to get married. The venue? The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — sandflies
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge

Address: Mokihinui Road, Seddonville 7891, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Seddonville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Seddonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to adventure and serenity off the beaten track. An oasis of rustic elegance on one of New Zealand's purest rivers. After a day's fishing, hiking or whitewater rafting, relax by the stone fireplace and watch the river run by. Sumptuous meals and deeply comfortable accommodations with birds-eye view lofts, ideal for couples, groups or families. 40 minutes north of Westport, an ideal stopover between Nelson and the Glaciers. Full-day helirafting packages our specialty. ... more   less 

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