Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge

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Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge
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589 Mokihinui Road, Mokihinui, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand 7891
Characterful Accommodation

Enjoy the relaxation and comfort you deserve at the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge – nestled amongst native bush with many features crafted by hand. Our five guest suites – each named after a Mokihinui River gold mine from the 1870s – boast ensuite bathrooms and sweeping views of the Glasgow Range. Each suite accommodates up to four people, with beds both downstairs and upstairs on a mezzanine floor. Hearty two-course meals are available in the atmospheric, cafe and lounge at the heart of our lodge (advance bookings essential), where continental breakfasts (included in rates) or optional cooked breakfasts are also served.

Café & Outdoor Bush Shower

Relax with delicious food and drink, and a hot, al fresco shower right on the river's edge. Our café and bush shower are open lodge guests and the general public during the high season (October to April; 10am–5pm). Indulge in homemade pizzas, nachos, and fresh baking, served alongside a great range of beverages.

Many guests never get in a vehicle during their stay with us; there’s plenty to do right onsite. When your backyard is one of the most beautiful around, it’s pretty hard to beat.
'Vehicle Free' activities:
  • Day hike or bike up The Old Ghost Road.
  • Fish for brown trout for days on end in one of New Zealand’s purest rivers (please bring your own gear and fishing license).
  • Pan for gold in the riversand; the Mokihinui is known for its nuggets!
  • Mountain bike local roads to the renowned Charming Creek Walkway (BYO bikes!).
  • Bike to the Tasman Sea (30-minute ride), be a beach bum, then cycle back along the Chasm Creek Walkway.
  • Swim in The Pool. It’s 40 feet deep and (often) crystal clear.
Things to do within a short, scenic, drive:
  • Hike, run or bike the Charming Creek Walkway from either end.
  • Visit the Karamea area, 45 minutes north and truly the end of the road. There, you can walk in a short way to one of the finest beaches on the Heaphy Track, and explore the fascinating limestone arches and caves systems of the Oparara Basin.
  • Explore the historic Denniston plateau, rich in relics, burning mines and mountain biking & four wheel driving opportunities.
  • Four wheel drive the old forestry roads in the Charming Creek area for hours. If you love mud, they’re heaven!
  • Visit our friendly local pubs and cafés in Seddonville and Mokihinui.
  • Visit the famous Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and Cape Foulwind Walkway.
  • Find a possie and whitebait some of the Coast’s most famous rivers.
  • Drive or bike to the Mokihinui river-mouth, visit the shipwreck, fossick for driftwood and walk the beach – usually empty for miles on end.

The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is managed by the charitable trust that operates the adjacent Old Ghost Road, with profits injected directly back into keeping the trail alive and kicking for future generations. We thank you for playing a part in making this happen. Take a look at our 3D Tour here!


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