Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge

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Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is located on 100 acres of established native bush on the last private holding on the mighty Mokihinui river in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island. We are: 4 1/2 hours from Christchurch or 3 1/2 hours from Nelson. The second half of the 19th century this area was run by mining camps who prospected for and mined gold. It was deserted as the gold disappeared and left to become again the bush country it once was. The Mokihinui River, as it reaches the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge, is now as pristine as any river in the world. The human impact is just the stuff of legend.


Each guest room accommodates up to four people, with beds configured as kings or two singles both downstairs and upstairs. They're great for groups or families .From the soothing sound of the Mokihinui River to the famously comfortable beds, you'll experience the relaxation you deserve in Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge's beautifully appointed guest rooms. The five rooms, each named after a Mokihinui River gold mine from the 1870s, feature ensuite bathrooms, handcrafted finishing touches, and sweeping views of the Glasgow Range. There is organic shampoo and conditioner, home-made soap, and plentiful hot water. Gas heat will keep you toasty on cool nights.
Each guest room accommodates up to four people. Each guest room features handcrafted trim and furniture made from native timber (kahikatea, red beech, hinau, rata) milled onsite and crafted to give each room its own warm, welcoming personality.

Amazing meals are provided along with the comfortable and lovely main lodge in which you can spend time relaxing. There are outside decks from which to observe nature, wildlife and the Mountains, an upstairs living area, and sofas in front of the cozy fire.


The Mokihinui River is a renowned trout fishing river in the New Zealand bush-wilderness, with large trout in the main tributaries and beautiful sea-run trout in the lower reaches. The upper river is remote but has good stretches of easy-to-fish open water. This is first-class fishing in a pristine environment.
Quick and easy access to the remote and fabled waters of the Karamea region is obtained by a short helicopter flight from the lodge. The Karamea is one of New Zealand's prime brown trout fisheries, noted for large numbers of trophy trout.

Getting There

Depending on the itinerary you have in mind, we can help you determine your flight schedule.


This is a great trip to combine with side tours of the area, the historical sights, nature, but there is enough to do without ever needing to get into a vehicle-  right on the property of very near-by. Enjoy the beautiful bush and river trails on our private 100 acres.

  • Hike up the scenic Mokihinui Track to the Rough and Tumble Creek.
  • Play in the sit-on-top kayaks in the flatwater area ('The Pool') in front of the lodge.
  • Fish for brown trout for days on end in one of New Zealand's purest rivers.
  • Hunt for deer. A kayak directly across the river gets you in deep right away.
  • Pan for gold in the river; the Mokihinui is known for its nuggets!.
  • Mountain bike local roads, to the renowned Charming Creek Walkway, and up the track.
  • Feed the eels
  • Bike to the Tasman Sea (30 minute ride), be a beach bum, then cycle back along the Chasm Creek Walkway.
  • Walk or bike to the nearby Seddonville Hotel, say gidday to Graeme the publican.and enjoy a locally-brewed beer
  • Swim or snorkel in The Pool. It's 40 feet deep and (usually) crystal clear.
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