Oreti River House offers boutique accommodation in Lumsden, situated in the lower part of South Island of New Zealand. The self contained house combines old charm with modern amenities in a quiet secluded location, close to town amenities. It is a perfect base for trout fishing in the Oreti River, Mataura River, Nevis River and many others.
It is also very agreeable holiday accommodation for families or friends who are travelling in Southland and interested in the many sporting, sightseeing and adventure pursuits offered in this beautiful part of New Zealand. The Oreti River is a 2 minute drive or a 15 minute walk from the house. As a river on a glacial stream-bed, it winds and braids through wide open areas of colourful pebbles. The Oreti is famous for its aqua blue, crystal clear water - home to rising trout, ducks and geese. The river is home to the endangered Black Billed gull which can be regularly seen flying over the house.
Oreti River House is surrounded by mature hedges, wide green lawns and an extensive landscaped garden.
Lumsden forms part of the spectacular new cycle trail called "The Around the Mountains Rail Trail" which winds through majestic mountains and along clear streams. The trail follows old railway easements so it offers low grades through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery. Oreti River House offers very comfortable accommodation to both cycling, golf, touring and fishing enthusiasts.
Oreti River House is the perfect choice for a memorable summer or winter holiday in New Zealand.
Features of Oreti River House include:
+Accommodation for 5 adults in three bedrooms, including a king bed (which can be split into 2 singles), a queen and 1 single bed. All mattresses are of a very high quality and most comfortable.
+All linen supplied.
+Double glazed windows, thick curtains and floor, ceiling and wall insulation make the house very warm and quiet.
+All rooms have large windows with garden views.
+Two bathrooms including bath, showers, heated towel rails -one bathroom has a heated floor.
+Fully equipped modern granite kitchen
+Pebble fireplace with gas fire, reverse cycle air conditioning, bank heaters and electric blankets.
+Outdoor firepit garden feature.
+Light or full breakfast can be arranged.
+Chef services can be organised to provide delightful regional cuisine in the house.
+Complimentary wireless internet connection and local phone.
+Information booklet and noticeboard to provide helpful information about trout fishing and other local activities.
+Selection of board games, outdoor games, DVD's and books available in house.
+Quiet snug, holiday home that has been recently renovated to a very high standard.
The region's most popular tourist activity is fishing for large wild brown trout. With a strong fishing rod and NZ fishing license an angler can easily access many waterways. Some waters are crystal clear and suitable for careful sight fishing and stalking while other rivers are fast flowing and can be fished with multiple casts over promising water. Some rivers have smaller populations of very large trout while others have larger populations of medium sized fish. In fact there is water suitable to test every fly fishing skill level. Many trout fishing guides operate in the local area and are very helpful with local information and advice. See (website: hidden) for more information about fly fishing for trout in the Lumsden area.
Lumsden forms part of the spectacular new cycle touring trail called the Around The Mountains Cycle Trail. This is a mountain bike and cycle trail that traverses over 172 km through towering mountains, forests, farms across rivers and past lakes. The trail starts from Queenstown with a ferry trip across Lake Wakatipu. Cyclists then ride to Walter Peak, Mavora Lakes, Mossburn, Lumsden and Kingston. The trail opened in October 2014 and promises to be one on New Zealand's most popular and scenic cycle tracks.
Oreti River House offers very comfortable accommodation to cyclists seeking to sample one leg of the trail over a weekend. Two circuits are possible from Lumsden. The first is to Mossburn. This circuit involves crossing the Oreti River then passing farmland with a majestic mountain backdrop, lunching at Mossburn before returning to Lumsden. This trip is a very pleasant 40km return which should take some 3- 4 hours to complete. The other circuit travels north to Five Rivers. This pleasant 28 km round trip passes along the banks of the Oreti River before stopping at Five Rivers for lunch. The round trip back to Lumsden will take about 3-4 hours.
The Around The Mountains Cycle Trail is also open to walking parties who will also appreciate the spectacular scenery and safe off-road pathway. Many sections of the Around the Mountains Trail follow old steam train easements offering gentle grades and curves away from busy roads.
Other suggested activities include jet boating on Lake Manapouri, enjoying the Milford Track guided day walk or visiting the Glow Worm Caves from Te Anau, seeing a real tuatara in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery in Invercargill (a fascinating and rare reptile dating from before the dinosaur age), having a fabulous day out on FishJet on the Waiau River, visiting the Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum at Mandeville and seeing the bottle house at Waikaia.
One of the most popular and simplest activities offered in Lumsden is walking along the edges of the Oreti River which passes near Lumsden - about a 10-15 minute walk away. As a river on a glacial stream-bed, it winds and braids through wide open areas of colourful pebbles- its aqua blue waters home to rising trout, dipping swallows, timid ducks and geese. It is home to small populations of the Black Billed Gull-the only endangered gull species in the world. Flocks of this shy bird can often be seen flying over Oreti River House.