Rough and Tumble Lodge

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

A few weekends ago, my partner and I were given the opportunity to make an trip to the Northern West Coast – We were invited to take stay at the Rough and Tumble Lodge, situated right on the banks of the Mokihinui River, halfway between Westport and Karamea. The lodge owners Susan and Marion needed some photos of their little piece of paradise. We drove the 5 hours from Christchurch on Friday night, stayed 2 nights and drove home on Sunday. We managed to score some reasonable weather (even better than the East Coast!), took some great photos and even managed to sneak another trip to the incredible Oparara Basin.

The lodge is absolutely beautiful, nestled in pristine native bush. Susan and Marion have created some little jungle walks on their extensive property. The lodge features a magnificent common area with a rugged style – exposed beams, open fire and mezzanine lounge areas – not to mention a collection of New Zealand and National Geo-graphics to keep you reading for a lifetime!

Have a look at the photos;

Looking from the river bed back at the lodge.

The long drive way really builds the suspense as you arrive!

Inside, two massive tables and chandeliers made from driftwood.

Each room features en-suite bathroom, queen/king bed and two singles upstairs.

Dani exploring the jungle trails.

Its far too easy to curl up on a couch with a magazine and a hot drink.

The mighty Mokihinui River – inevitably being dammed at some stage in the future.

This is the trail head for the Crazy Paving Cave and Box Canyon Cave, in the Oparara Basin. A must-see.

Box Canyon Cave, Oparara Basin. These caves feature native cave-spiders and wetas.

Last but not least, yet an impossible scene to show just how amazing this is! Moria Gate Arch, Oparara Basin.