Aerial view of Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge
Our setting has been described as "stupendous." Perched above one of the most scenic and untouched rivers in the South Island, and at the foot of a magnificent mountain range, we are fortunate to be in a truly magical spot.

We are on 100 acres of privately owned native bush, effectively surrounded by conservation land. 

Guests may explore our property and The Old Ghost Road, which starts (or finishes!) at our parking area.

Just outside the lodge, our riverside campfire is perfect for gatherings on star-filled evenings. From there, you can access 'The Pool' (the fishing hole/swimming area/flatwater kayak area).

Weather-wise, we usually enjoy mild weather during the winter, with frosts relatively rare. When the rest of New Zealand is freezing, wet and cold, we can have brilliantly clear days. Springtime tends to be the wettest season, while the period from February through May is our warmest, driest season on average. 

The mild climate means outdoor activities in the rivers and mountains are possible year-round; in fact, winter is our personal favourite time to hit the back country. 

And while the northerlies can bring rain as heavy as most of us have experienced anywhere, there's nothing in this world as comforting as sitting in front of the open fire, glass or cup in hand, watching the river rise. It's an amazing experience to be amid rainforest during a downpour. It is, after all, what nature intends. 

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