Rod and Wheel House
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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Rod and Wheel House is located in Lumsden, on the South Island of New Zealand. It is the ideal base for enjoying trout fishing, tramping, cycling and sightseeing Lumsden sits at the crossroads of many of South Island's most scenic and popular destinations - it is within one hour's drive of Queenstown, Arrowtown, Invercargill, Te Anau and Fiordland.
Lumsden is a small country town nestled between sheep, dairy and deer farms. It sits on the banks of the sparkling. aqua blue Oreti River - famous amongst anglers for its superb brown trout fishery.
Rod and Wheel House has been fully renovated to a very high standard and provides four cosy bedrooms with a rimu panelled lounge/dining room and kitchen with all modern facilities.
The house provides quality self-contained accommodation for visitors interested in a wide variety of sporting and tourist activities. Very comfortable holiday house located on the South Island of New Zealand surrounded by spectacular scenery.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Queenstown and Invercargill 85 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The South Island region
Lumsden sits at the crossroads of many of South Island's most scenic destinations - it is within one hour's drive of Queenstown, Arrowtown, Invercargill, Te Anau and Fiordland. In bygone days, Lumsden's central position allowed it to be a major steam train railway junction with lines departing to all four points of the compass.
Between 1971 and 1982 the railway lines closed leaving long nicely graded railway easements some of which are now being revitalised as cycle and walking tracks. A few remnants of this fabulous steam train heritage can still be seen in Lumsden including the original railway station, a water tower, a large yard crane and a short wooden truss bridge.
Today Lumsden sits in the middle of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. This 121 km trail winds through towering mountains, past rich farmland and along the banks of crystal clear, aqua blue rivers. The cycle trail frequently uses the old railway easements allowing for gentle grades and pleasurable riding.The full cycle adventure takes 5 days and 4 nights.
It is possible to sample the trail by cycling two different one day trips in and out of Lumsden. One travels north to Five Rivers. This pleasant 28Km round trip passes along the banks of the beautiful Oreti River before stopping at Five Rivers for lunch. The round trip back to Lumsden will take about 3-4 hours.
Travelling in a westerly direction it is also possible to do a day trip to Mossburn. Cycling out of Lumsden you will firstly cross the Oreti River then pass farmland with a majestic mountain backdrop, lunching at Mossburn before returning to Lumsden. Again this trip is a very pleasant 40km return which should take some 3- 4 hours to complete.
The Southland of New Zealand is famous for numerous rivers holding plentiful numbers of large trout, gin clear waters and friendly river access points. Over 35 excellent trout fishing rivers, streams and lakes are within 1 hours drive of Lumsden including the Aparima, Mataura, Nevis, Oreti, Upukerora, Von, Waiau, Waikaia and Waimea. The Oreti River headwaters have an international reputation for producing 'trophy' trout that are difficult to catch and a real contest for any fly fishing enthusiast. They are so wary that a perfect cast is required and their size makes landing very challenging. Anglers regularly base their fly fishing trips from Lumsden, many returning annually to enjoy the variety of fishing and to outwit, outplay and outlast the big brown.
The region surrounding Rod and Wheel House offers a number of interesting day trips to jet-boating, glow worm caves, golf courses, Doubtful Sound cruises, fishing trips on rivers and lakes, sampling the Milford Track, seeing rare birds and lizards and visiting antique shops and museums. The region can be enjoyed by sporting groups as well as families and tourists.
Lumsden is a small country town set within sheep, dairy and deer farms. It sits on the banks of the beautiful Oreti River and is surrounded by mountains. It has a primary and a secondary school, a supermarket, a number of cafés and restaurants, pharmacy, post office, pub, dairy, liquor shop, petrol station, library and medical center.
Rod and Wheel House is positioned in its own private garden surrounded by hedges. However it is also only a short walk from shops, restaurants and town services.
The Oreti River travels for over 171kms and slowly curves its way through the open plains of the lower South Island. Its middle sections pass right next to Lumsden and it is possible to walk to the river from Rod and Wheel House. Southland is one of the strongholds for brown trout fishing in New Zealand. Brown trout averaging around 5 – 6 pounds and double digit fish are common but challenging to catch. Both the size and numbers of brown trout in the upper Oreti make it exceptional on a national basis. In particular, the average size of brown trout, at just over 6 lbs, is over 10% greater than in ten other highly valued South Island headwater fisheries. The numbers of large trout now being recorded, at some 30 per kilometer, make the Oreti headwaters one of the most productive trout fisheries nationally.
The river is also home to flocks of gulls, ducks and other water birds and has been identified as an Important Bird Area because for much of its length it supports breeding colonies of endangered Black-billed Gulls. This is the only species of Gull in the world that is endangered. Breeding flocks of these birds frequent the banks and islands of the Oreti River- one of their last refuges in New Zealand.
Pairs of paradise-duck are also common. The paradise shelduck is a semi-terrestrial waterfowl that has goose-like features. They are commonly observed flying in pairs or grazing on pasture. They are very vocal birds, with males giving a characteristic 'zonk zonk', while females make a more shrill 'zeek zeek' while flying or as a warning to intruders.
The river frequently attracts flocks of migratory swallows who feast on the mayfly hatches.
Walking along the banks of the Oreti River looking at the birds,colorful pebbles and sparkling blue water is a most pleasurable experience enjoyed by both tourists and residents.
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18 Apr 2014
"A warm and comforable house that makes you feel at home"
My wife and I stayed at the Rod and Wheel House in January 2014 for one week. The house is newly renovated with a marvelous ambience. It has four well appointed bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining and living room with a pot belly stove which keeps the house wonderfully warm at night. This delivers a relaxing atmosphere, which goes well with a bottle of NZ Pinot Noir - just what we like after a day's fishing! The excellent sound system, large screen TV and free Wi-Fi all add to the comforts of home. This was our third trip back to Lumsden and equal to the best to date. We did some excellent fly fishing in the local rivers over most of the week - it is true trout heaven, with the many creeks and rivers full of magnificent trout. My wife caught a 2 pound and then a 3 pound trout which added to the wonderful memories. We would highly recommend Rod and Wheel House as offering superb value for money. We definitely plan to return back to Rod and Wheel House in the not to distant future. Richard and Heather Phillips
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