Rough and Tumble is located on 100 acres of established native bush on the last private holding on the mighty Mokihinui, a wilderness river in the northwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island. We are:


    • At the Northern trailhead of The Old Ghost Road
    • 45 minutes / 50km from Westport
    • 5 hours 15 min / 385km from Christchurch
    • 4 hours 45 min / 340km from Picton
    • 4 hours / 275km from Nelson
    • 1 hour 20 min / 75km from the Heaphy Track (Kohaihai)
    • 45 minute flight from Wellington, then 50 minute / 58km drive from Westport Airport
    • 5-minute drive / 10-minute bike ride / 4km from the Seddonville Hotel


The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is an easy 50km drive north of Westport. From State Highway 67, follow the sign to ‘Seddonville’ and ‘The Old Ghost Road’. If you cross the long one-way bridge across the Mokihinui River you have gone too far. Proceed straight through Seddonville (straight past the blue Seddonville Hotel – do not turn right here), and straight past the farmhouse at the end of Mokihinui Road. You will be on a gravel road for 1.7km before reaching a concrete bridge/ford at Burke Creek. Cross the Burke Creek Ford and follow the signs to the lodge, 800m further on. Allow 45 minutes to comfortably reach the lodge from Westport.

Note: There are no petrol stations between Westport and the Rough and Tumble, so you may wish to fill your tank in Westport.

In case of very heavy rain: On rare occasions, the concrete ford at Burke Creek driveway is temporarily impassable. Please don’t take your vehicle through if the water is overtopping the concrete. There is limited parking on the Seddonville side of the ford, and a footbridge just downstream for safe access. If necessary, we can meet you there and assist with luggage, etc. All very easy, and part of the Rough and Tumble experience.


Many guests never get in a vehicle during their stay with us; there’s plenty to do right onsite. When your backyard is one of the most beautiful around, it’s pretty hard to beat.

Here’s a list of some of our “vehicle free” activities:
  • Day hike or bike up The Old Ghost Road.
  • Fish for brown trout for days on end in one of New Zealand’s purest rivers (please bring your own gear and fishing license).
  • Pan for gold in the riversand; the Mokihinui is known for its nuggets!
  • Bike to the Tasman Sea (30-minute ride) and be a beach bum.
  • Swim in The Pool. It’s 40 feet deep and (often) crystal clear.
Things to Do Within a Short, Scenic Drive.
  • Visit the Karamea area, 45 minutes north and truly the end of the road. There, you can walk in a short way to one of the finest beaches on the Heaphy Track, and explore the fascinating limestone arches and caves systems of the Oparara Basin.
  • Explore the historic Denniston plateau, rich in relics, burning mines and mountain biking & four wheel driving opportunities;
  • Four wheel drive the old forestry roads in the Charming Creek area for hours. If you love mud, they’re heaven!
  • Visit friendly local pubs and cafés nearby;
  • Visit the famous Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and Cape Foulwind Walkway;
  • Find a possie and whitebait some of the Coast’s most famous rivers.
  • Drive or bike to the Mokihinui river-mouth, visit the shipwreck, fossick for driftwood and walk the beach – usually empty for miles on end.

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