Guest Reviews

Rod and Wheel House is a newly renovated Holiday House in Lumsden. It opened for bookings in late 2013 and started receiving guests in 2014.

Lovely Comfortable Place to Stay

Beautiful bluebird sky days. Crisp and cool mornings. Fishing our way across NZ's South Island for a month and loving it. Lovely comfortable place to stay.

March 2019 Wyoming USA

Back Again

Back again for the third year in a row. We just love this place - well done owners!! Took a guide for 4 days and travelled all over the place, sadly fishing wasn't as good as we would have liked, however we all got about 6 fish each and missed plenty of chances. Did a lot of walking, very tired every night, however plenty of whisky and fun. The band played at the local pub one night - we had a ball. Looking forward to next year. Combined age of 257 years young!

February 2019 Melbourne Australia

Another Wonderful Week

An exciting trip with Fiordlands Outdoor Company to fish the Wapiti River and sight trout in the lake. Some beautiful rainbows and browns caught to 5lbs and lost a wopper. Dry fly seems to be the answer and alot of nymphing fish seen as well. Hot weather, cool nights and some great pub meals.

February 2019 Sydney Australia

Sensational Weeks Golf and Fishing

Great meals from chef, best of NZ food and wines. Sensational weeks golf and fishing. Jacks Point, Invercargill and Millbrook and the best new find Te Anau Golf Course - beautiful views, exciting tee off from a cliff and a warm welcome from the club secretary. Fished the Mataura for some nice browns and to introduce two of our party to their first fish on fly. House perfect for our needs, clean and tidy, comfy lounge, great DVD's. Enjoyed linking Spotfy on phone to Sony player for some evening mood music. Be Back!

January 2019 Sydney Australia.

Another Wonderful Week

We really appreciate the stylish, comfortable and wonderfully well equipped house here. So very practical and really appreciated the garden too - looking superb this year after the high rainfall. Special thank-you for opening up early for us as we bolted from severe gales lashing the north coast. We knew we would be warm, comfortable and happy here.

January 2019 United Kingdom

Perfect As Always

Our fourth stay. Perfect as always especially with my wife landing an unguided 6 pounder on the Upper Oreti. HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE.

January 2019 Idaho USA

Fantastic Accommodation

Very clean and comfortable. Really well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here.

December 2018 Wellington New Zealand.

Lovely Stay

Gathered for family reunion. House very, very clean and very well equipped. We really settled in for our few days here.

October 2018 Melbourne Australia and Cornwall England

Great Stay

Warm and comfortable house. Nice to come 'home' and put some wood on the fire. Well equipped and felt like a place you could easily settle into.

October 2018 NSW Australia

Perfect Place

A perfect place to stay in a perfect location for fishing. I've stayed in both places now (Rod and Wheel House and Oreti River House nextdoor) and both are great. Will definately be back. Fishing was very tough this week, most likely due to my amateurish fishing skills. But was still great for stalking those great trout. Can't wait to be back next year.

April 2018 Australia

Fantastic Week

Our second stay. Fished the Mataura and Waikaia Rivers and Roberts Creek. Questionable fishing with 2 major rain events. However a good time was had by all!

February 2018

Happy Memories

We have so enjoyed our 4th visit to this lovely base for trout fishing. The memories we hold dearest have all come from the fabulous rivers, scenery and of course the trout. This is our 10th year fishing in New Zealand and the Rod and Wheel House rates very highly as fishing accommodation - very well equipped, extremely comfortable and well maintained.

January 2018 Chepstow United Kingdom

Home Away from Home

Perfect spot, home away from home, well equipped ( even the knives were sharp!). Thank-you for making everything easy by providing so much.

New Year 2018

Sensational Place

Everything we could have wanted!

December 2018 Sydney Australia

R&W House was an Absolute Pleasure.

It well and truly made up for the tough fishing conditions we encountered. What a delight to come home to a slow cooker meal, light the fire and contemplate tomorrow over a bottle of fine pinot. Although the weather, particularly the wind and high river levels made our normal destinations a bit of a challenge we did find a few very pleasant surprises. A number of the smaller feeder creeks which would normally be very low or dry still held some surprisingly large fish. Thank-you again.

February 2017 Melbourne Australia

Wonderful Place to Stay

Our 4 nights were great. So many people in this town are so lovely. We both trout fished the rivers and caught some nice fish. The best being a 6lb and 4lb and many others in the area. The videos were entertaining and all the little things in this place made us feel so much at home. We loved it. Hope to be back again in the near future.

February 2017 Melbourne Australia

Will Return Next Year

The end of a fabulous week of good company, good fishing and good food and drink. Great place to stay and we will return next year. Had a couple of guides for 2 days. All of us caught fish, the weather was magnificent (didn't put on a jumper or coat for 7 days). The Pub was fun for a couple of nights. Coffees at Bakery. Very tired every night from full days walking the rivers. Loved NZ, loved Rod and Wheel House. Will return.

February 2017 Melbourne Australia

Amazing Three Nights

Many games to play, good movies to watch. We had a relaxed New Year's Eve playing cards, scrabble and badminton and watching movies. A great way to spend New Year's Eve.

January 2017 Melbourne Australia

Fantastic Stay

We had a fantastic stay in your very well appointed house. You have everything that one could ask for ( including amazing mattresses). We did the Milford Sound trip ( be advised, give yourself 3.30 hours due to one way tunnels/buses- we almost missed it setting out 3.00 hours prior). Fished the Acton Stream ( fair), the Oreti ( low and tough) and the Mataura (outstanding).

January 2016 TJ D MD.. Yanks of Brisbane Australia

Thank You

Thank you so much for welcoming us- especially with 2 kids! We loved exploring the rivers, Lumsden shops and eateries and nearby towns. The fact that the house is so wonderful and there are plenty of games, movies and located in a charming town helped make our family vacation quite special.

January 2016 J A F & J USA

Great Place to Stay

Thank-you for the great place to stay. The house was lovely. Thank-you too for letting us use all the baby gear! Kylan loved his stay and his new little lamb!

December 2015 Colorado USA

Great House

What a great house. Very much felt like home. Very much enjoyed our time in your gorgeous home. Thank-you.

December 2015 J&S Australia R&N New Zealand

Great Time

We have had a great time travelling NZ and at this place we had a good time and your house is great. Thank-you!

March 2015 P S & L Australia

Our Second Stay

House as comfortable as ever!

February 2015 R&L K Idaho USA

Lovely Place - Very Well Equipped

It made our trip after long, hot days on the beautiful but difficult rivers ( The rain can really work against you!)

February 2015 R C & A Canberra Australia

Exciting Time

Our family had an exciting time here. We took a boat ride to an Island across from Queenstown. We saw English deer, alpacas, sheep, sheep dogs, and a certain breed of oxen. We had the chance to see a man shear one of the merino sheep. We felt the wool. Thank-you

January 2015 B Family Singapore/USA


Wow! In the last seven years that I have visited New Zealand, I've stayed in every type of accommodation from luxury self contained apartments to cheap and nasty caravan parks. Oreti River and Rod and Wheel Houses are by far the best places I have stayed. Both houses were very clean and comfortable, and being a chef, I was impressed at how well equipped the kitchen was. I will definitely be back. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!

January 2015 D&V D Melbourne Australia.


Three days on the Mataura. First day very strong hatch from 2.30pm. Fished the Oreti in the morning and saw a few fish but very spooky. Second day on Mataura - very windy and cold, no hatch. Day 3 on the upper Mataura, good but short hatch. Epic fishing in the shallows. Great house and making plans for next year!

April 2014 HM JT NF Auckland New Zealand

A warm and comfortable 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.

April 2014 R & HP Sydney Australia


We had a great time on the Jet-Fish. Broke off a very big bow close to the net but we did land some 3 lb bows and a 3 and 5 pound brown. Mark said it was a slow day for dry fly action so I would definitely give it another go in the future. The float down to l. Manapouri was beautiful. Our trip to the upper Oreti was on a beautiful day and we got our beat. We saw many fish but all they did was look at our bugs and then bugger off-regardless of the bug. We also spooked many fish. None were eating on top and I guess they are very pressured by this time of the year. Yesterday, we went to Cattle Flat and between 11-6 PM, we landed 8 three pounders and a 4 pounder on dry mayfly duns and occasionally, an emerger. Great fun. Today, it is cloudy and showers are predicted so we are enjoying our wonderful accommodations and reading, emailing etc. We may also take advantage of the interesting DVD collection.

March 2014 R&L - Idaho USA

We liked the house

We liked the house …. very nicely presented & furnished & VERY COMFORTABLE

February 2014 C W - New Zealand

Extremely Comfortable and Well Equipped

Extremely comfortable and well equipped place to stay in a really great location. Fantastic array of fishing available from here and we've had a fabulous time through some days which were not the easiest fishing conditions. We look forward to returning.

February 2014 S&J H United Kingdom

Very Comfortable Accommodation

Enjoyed our stay tremendously. The rivers were upish but we managed to do some good fishing by way of FishJet on the Waiau River at Te Anau also in some local spots around Lumsden. The good news is our fishing guide believes that the wet summer should lead to the brilliant "Year of the Mouse" situation- end of 2014. Have stayed in both houses now and they are both brilliant.

January 2014 R&H Australia

We love this place!

This is our first NZ Christmas and what a contrast from Canada. Warm summer days instead of -30C miserable ones... Fantastic! We came here to fish and sight-see and we've done both with good fortune and unforgettable memories. Milford Sound, Oreti River and Stu's Fly Shop were some of my favorites. Very difficult fishing but persistence paid off. This has been a wonderful place to stay.

December 2013 RN & AN Canada

Well Appointed

Fantastic place, well appointed and wonderfully finished. Great outside entertaining area- nice to be able to keep dry in the Southland rain!

December 2013 I C New Zealand

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