I recently took a tour of the S Island with my family and the Rough and Tumble was without a doubt the most memorable stay we had. When our guide first took us off the beaten path and onto that bumpy dirt road we were skeptical ( we even had to drive through a creek! ) But where else would you find a lodge situated by the Mokihinui River, complete with a bush bath and trails hand-carved by owners Weasel and Susan.
Come meet the husband and wife team, both wonderful and talented people. Susan is a trained chef and made a fantastic salmon dinner and vanilla panna cotta. Weasel had just helicoptered in the night of our arrival, having just spent days "in the bush" paving mountain-biking trails. How cool can two people get?!
Come to the Rough and Tumble. You won't be disappointed
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to adventure and serenity at the northern end of The Old Ghost Road. An oasis of rustic elegance on one of New Zealand's purest rivers. After a day's biking, hiking, fishing or rafting, relax with a local brew by the stone fireplace and watch the river run by. Hearty meals and beer and wine are available during the warm months and the entire lodge, including our chef's kitchen, is yours for exclusive use during cooler months. Deeply comfortable accommodations with birds-eye view lofts; ideal for couples, groups or families. 45 Minutes north of Westport. We'll look after your car and gear while you're on the track and will help you arrange road and heli transportation. ... more less