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Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge
Ranked #2 of 17 Westport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 28, 2012

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

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Reviewed July 12, 2011

We were fortunate enough to spend 2 days alone at the lodge for our honeymoon in August 2009 (I know, I got to this review a little too late). it was low season and not many travelers were out at this time. Susan and Weasel were the MOST accommodating and wonderful hosts we have had during any of our travels. This stop was by far the highlight of our beautiful trip.
Susan and Weasel make amazing food and provide a lovely main lodge in which you can relax. They also have a great grasp of the local area for hiking and fishing. Just be sure to BYOB as this is remote...like really remote...so much so that you may have the joy of fording the small stream that separates this lovely resort from the rest of the world.
Comfortable, satisfying and completely luxurious in a very close to nature way, you must make this one of your stops!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

Rough and Tumble Lodge takes its name from a river that runs nearby, but there is nothing rough and tumble about staying here. My husband and I and our two children (8 and 10) have just had 3 days in an outstanding bush setting by a river on the West Coast of NZ. The entire time could have been spent sitting watching the river from: the outside decks, the upstairs living area, or sofas in front of the cosy fire. We did all this and then added some fun by going mountain bike riding, bush walking, having a camp fire and eating gorgeous food. The Lodge has everything to make you feel that you have a hint of luxury but at the same time you feel perfectly at home.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

We stayed here for a few nights during a 3-week long trip to New Zealand in mid-December. Although the lodge is literally in the middle of nowhere, that is part of its appeal. It is increadibly peaceful and relaxing. (It is also pretty impressive that Weasel and Susan built the place themselves). Rought & Tumble is the sort of place where you just want to sit by the fireplace or on the deck and just read a book after a day out walking/hiking. Although the weather did not cooperate while we were there, we still managed to have a great time. Weasel and his team bent over backwards to make sure our two young boys had a good time. Food was outstanding even thoug, frankly, we were not expecting much. On the whole, it was an increadible experience and we really felt at home. My only regret is that we didn't stay long enough to enjoy the river and do some fishing. (Tip: bring your own alcohol as they don't have a licence. Otherwise you can drive to the local pub a few kms down the road).

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

returned to rough and tumble for christmas 2010, and it's better, if anything--weasel and justin welcomed us back like old friends, food (thank you andrew and laura and sam) of a high standard, a great walk up the mokihinui on christmas day, and pleasant and interesting other guests--the usual weather adding piquancy. we might end up being regulars!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2010

Our family thoroughly enjoyed two nights at Rough and Tumble. The lodge itself is a beautiful log home with a lodge (rooms) off the back. The staff was so friendly and food was OUTSTANDING! There is so much to do outside. They provide bikes, kayaks, guided hikes, etc. all in the price of the stay. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

I didn't realise just how out of the way it was!: follow the road until it runs out continue along the dirt track 5km and cross a ford, turn left and eventually it appears - nestled in the crook of the Mohinui River. Susan Cook, the owner bounced out and eagerly showed us around: our room had a mezzanine double and ensuite - all lovingly finished in local woods. All the handled were cunningly made/chosen from driftwood; there were decorative groups of colourful pebbles on the shower tiles(found onshore). and the gallery outside and the room windows were "gauzed" against the "pesky sand flies!"
We joined other guests for nibbles at 6pm. Its a BYO place, but these nibbles - like all the food, was of an amazing quality (Susan had been on the Leith cookery course and it showed!). Turned out we were on B&B plus dinner, and for good measure she made up a packed lunch - gratis -each day! We ate royally! Portions were generous, she altered choices for special diets/preferences. The manager - Justin, is a real Kiwi: laconic, knowledgable, interested! and Sam was the other member of this v friendly team. There were kayaks and mountain bikes (+ helmets) to loan for free, plus guides to local walks of their devising and great classics in the surrounding area. We felt we were part of a family I washed and dried my laundry - free, and when it rained so heavily the ford rose a foot, so we abandoned the car the other side and crossed a narrow foot bridge to walk in -then later Susan drove me back to recover the car. She even lent me her 4x4 to drive to one end of a 10km walk and drove ours to the lower end, then jogged up the track to meet us and swop keys - all so we could enjoy a great "tramp" - downhill, and to our car, so that we wouldn't be obliged to come straight back to the lodge.
We found our stay a unique and unforgettable experience; we feel privileged to have been there. (forgot to mention the endless free cookies and drinks provided; and that none of us swam in their enticing river pool...it was 12deg!)

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge

Address: 589 Mokihinui Road, Westport, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Westport
Price Range: $219 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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