We loved it here, even the rain didn't bother us. The Rough and Tumble was your bush lodge right smack bang in the middle of the most stunning bushland and the magnificent river. The days we spent there were riany and the amount of rain made the river swell and flow fast and... rough. It cut off access to the one and only road outta there ( there is a footbridge) but that is not a bad thing and it kind of happens on a regular basis so the owners and staff are used to it.
The room was lovely and in keeping with the bush lodge theme, it had a second floor bedroom and a lovely bathroom using natural materials. It reminded me a bit of camp.
I think the decor rustic, a bit basic possibly, but to be anything else would look out of place.
The lodge itself was homely, theraputic and relaxing, with a big log fire, sofas, a mezanine floor with more sofas and books for reading and windows for views and contemplation.
The food. Well. There are not words to describe the absolutely fabulous food cooked by a chef just for the four guests ( when we were there) who had a passion for cooking and it showed. There was always free tea, coffee and soft drinks with cookies in the guests own bar with a fridge to keep your booze.
The owners were lovely and good company and were more than happy to arrange a bush bath for us- got to be done. We would heartily recommended the bush walk (linear) and they arranged to walk the walk from the other end, swap keys with us half way and drive each others car back to the lodge.
We loved the sheer peace and quiet here- to be at one with nature- sounds corny...sorry but true and to have good food and company at the end of a long day bush walking.
But those ruddy sandflies- beware. The area is rife with them.
- 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