We're fortunate to have several excellent guides and operators in the area to work with to make your experience at Rough and Tumble deep and unforgettable. We are happy to assist with advice and bookings. We recommend:

Guided Fishing & Hunting

Above the Mokihinui Forks, the river is regarded as a first class fishing water. Easily accessible by helicopter -- or a good seven hour tramp in -- the North and South branches of the Mokihinui will provide days of satisfying fishing. The lower reaches hold good numbers of fish, including sea-run brown trout. Trout can be fished for year-round right outside the lodge. For true multi-day wilderness fishing and hunting experiences, we recommend Nick and Anna King from Crikey Creek Guides.

Rough and Tumble is also a great spot for self-guided fishing parties; there's nothing quite like swapping stories over a cold one by the roaring open fire!

Heli-Rafting and Helicopter Charters

Whether it's fishing, rafting, hunting or hiking, Wayne Pratt from Helicopter Charter Karamea will meet you 100m from our front door! Wayne and Julie have an excellent family-run operation, with more than 25 years experience, primarily on the West Coast and Fiordland.
For full one or two day rafting trips starting with a scenic helicopter ride up the Mokihinui Gorge and ending with a hot shower and cold drink at the lodge (no vehicles required!) we work with the experienced guides at Ultimate Descents in Murchison and Eco-Rafting in Westland.


Arches and Cave Tours

Located near Karamea, 45 minutes north of us, the Oparara Basin is a unique combination of natural landforms, diverse ecosystems and spectacular caves and arches born of a million years of undisturbed isolation.
Public access to the 'Honeycomb Hill Specially Protected Area' is restricted to DOC (Department of Conservation) approved guided tours only, due to the delicate ecological nature of the area. Oparara Guided Tours will take you into 400 million year old limestone cave systems, with delicate formations and bones of many extinct birds, including the giant moa. Full and half day tours are available, with options including kayaking and bushwalks.