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.
- 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