Pre-Visit Information

We trust you are looking forward to your stay with us at the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge. Following is some important information regarding your stay. Please take a moment to understand the information, and, should you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

Check in/out times

Your room will be available to check in from 3.00pm. Our café is open from 11am, so you are welcome to arrive earlier than the 3pm check-in time and grab something to eat and drink with us.

If you expect to arrive after 6:45pm, please let us know in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements to check you in as our staff head off-site for the evening at 7:00pm. Also note that as dinner is served at 6pm, any arrivals after this time will need to make their own dinner arrangements elsewhere.

Your check-out time is 10.00am, to allow us enough time to tidy up for the next guests.


Café: Our café is open to the public most days, serving our range of house-made pizza, West Coast Pie Company pies, and other delights.

Dinner and dessert: Our 2-course ‘meal of the day’ is served at 6.00pm. Meal cost is $45.00 per person. Pre-bookings are essential for this meal, so if you have not already booked, please ensure you contact us to do so. If you have not booked we will presume you have made dinner arrangements elsewhere.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included in your room tariff and can be taken at your leisure. We provide a buffet-style selection of cereals, toast and spreads, fruit, juice, yoghurt.

Dietary requirements: Please ensure that we are aware of any dietary requirements your group may have prior to your arrival. We can cater to any requirements you may, but it is essential we are aware in advance so that we can prepare.


The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is a licensed premise. We do not allow BYO alcohol. We have a selection of beer, wine and spirits available to purchase and consume on site. Please note our license does not allow this alcohol to be consumed in our guest rooms.


The following facilities are available for your use:

Free Wi-fi

Guest phone available for use in the lounge

Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash

Self-serve tea and coffee in the dining area

Enjoyment of our famous hot bush shower

TV with Freeview in the lounge

Games, magazines and books

General Information

We are child-friendly (although as we are in a deep bush environment and on a river, adults need to exercise common sense supervision).

No pets are permitted in the lodge or on our surrounding 100 acres.

Inside areas of the lodge and guest rooms are strictly non-smoking; ample outside spaces are available for smoking.

What to bring

Raincoats, insect repellant, mountain bikes, fishing gear and licences, soft shoes for the inside and a spirit of relaxation.

The main Lodge has board games, plenty of books and magazines to curl up with, and a 40″ television with Freeview channels. A phone in the main Lodge is available for guests. Wifi is available in the main Lodge. There is no cellphone reception in the immediate area.

How to find us

The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is a 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; you may wish to fill your tank in Westport.

On rare occasions when there has been very heavy rain, the concrete ford at Burke Creek can become temporarily impassable. Please don’t cross the bridge/ford if the water is overtopping the bridge deck. Drive back to mobile coverage in Seddonville and give us a call.