Although famous for its brown trout fishing there are many other pursuits to enjoy in Southland. The Lumsden Hotel is centrally situated at what is called the Hub of Northern Southland. You can enjoy day trips to Queenstown, Arrowtown, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound, New Zealand’s only southern coastline, Invercargill and Bluff all offer a rich and diverse landscape and culture.
Here are just some of the activities you could do during your stay here.
Some detail below on just some of the activities available
Southland’s rivers are famous for trophy trout and crystal clear waters. Over 35 outstanding fishing rivers, streams and lakes are within one hour’s drive of Lumsden. They include the Aparima, Clutha, Eglington, Eyre, Hamilton Burn, Lake Te Anau, Lake Makarewa, Lake Wakatipu, Manapouri, Mararoa, Mataura, Mokoreta, Monowai, Nevis, Oreti, Otapiri, Pomahaka, Tomogalak, Upukerora, Von, Waiau, Waikaia, Waimea, Waipahia, Waituna Lagoon and Whitestone.
The Mataura River has an international reputation as one of the premier trout fishing rivers in the world. NZ Fish and Game reports that it has the highest population of fish per kilometre and the highest catch rate of any river in New Zealand. It has a well-earned reputation as the ultimate in dry fly fishing with 150km of easily accessible waters many of which are within a 30-60 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
The Oreti River, which is just a short stroll from the hotel flows 130km from the Southern Alps the sea at Invercargill. Upstream from nearby Mossburn the river’s headwaters are protected by a World Conversation Order that recognises its spectacular fishery and the pristine state of the river. It is world famous for the trophy trout found in its upper reaches where brown trout average just over 6 pounds and larger fish abound. The average fish is over 10% bigger than most other fisheries while catches now recorded at around 30 per kilometre make the upper river one of the most productive trout fisheries nationally.
A number of rivers in the region also mixed populations of rainbow and brown trout throughout the year, as some rainbows chose to become river residents rather than returning downstream to the lake after spawning.
Southland attracts anglers from around the globe and many return annually. Some of New Zealand's most renowned trout guides are available in the region to ensure your fishing experience is all it can be. Information about guiding can be found at
The 'world famous' Stu's Fishing Shop is located nearby at Athol. Visiting fisherpersons can obtain fishing supplies and licenses as well as access to professional guiding .
Experience fishing for Blue Cod from a boat in the sea surrounding beautiful Stewart Island. Mana Charters leaves from Bluff and operates year round, weather permitting. See
Enjoy fishing on the Waiau River with FishJet. This jet boat will get you to exciting drop-offs and river beaches as well as enticing ripple runs around remote islands. Relax as you drift down the majestic Waiau River, spotting and fishing for some of the best rainbow trout New Zealand can offer. Enjoy the thrill of speeding back up the river through some of the stunning and remote Fiordland National Park. Half day trips and full day trips are available and include all your fishing equipment. The full day trip includes a delicious BBQ lunch of locally sourced produce.
Lumsden is now part of the spectacular Around The Mountains Cycle Trail. Traversing over 172km the trail starts from Queenstown with a ferry trip across Lake Wakatipu. Cyclists then ride to Walter Peak, Mavora Lakes, Mossburn, Lumsden and Kingston. A short shuttle bus service will then return cyclists to Queenstown. The trail passes towering mountains, glacial streams and rich farmland.
Lumsden has its own long 9 - hole golf course which is maintained immaculately by the local members. During summer a competition is run on Wednesday evenings at 6.00pm and Saturday mornings. Visitors are made to feel very welcome. The club is about 5km out of town on Highway 6 to Invercargill. Just drop into the club house to organise a round. The nearby towns of Dipton, Riversdale and Winton also offer picturesque golf courses. Winton’s being a full eighteen holes. For the lower handicappers Invercargill offers Invercargill Golf Club at Otatara and Oreti Sands Links course nearby. For the ultimate golf experience Jacks Point, Kelvin Heights, Arrowtown and Millbrook Resort are all just an hour’s drive north.
Enjoy a full day nature cruise on the pristine waters of Doubtful Sound in Fiordland. Starting with a 30km cruise across the crystal clear waters of beautiful Lake Manapouri. The second deepest lake in NZ offers sandy beaches and coves surrounded by forested mountains. The second part of the trip includes a coach trip to the Manapouri Hydro-electric Power Station followed by a spectacular 22km journey over the Wilmot Pass road to Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound. The tour then joins a cruise boat for a three hour exploration of Doubtful Sound, a spectacularly beautiful wonderland of rugged mountains clad in dense sub tropical rainforest with countless towering waterfalls cascading into the deep waters. Penguins, dolphins, seals & sea birds abound in this remote part of Fiordland World Heritage Area and are often sighted.
Cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit the famous Glow Worm Caves. Your cruise boat will deliver you to The Grotto where a short walk and punt ride along a fresh water spring takes you deep into the 15,000 year old cave. Thousands of tiny bioluminescent insects light the way with a spectacular display.
Ski or Snowboard
Lumsden is situated Only 50 minute scenic drive to the Remarkables ski field. One of the jewel ski fields located south of Queenstown.
The Around The Mountains Cycle Trail is also open to trampers who similarly appreciate the spectacular scenery and safe off-road pathway. Many sections of the Around the Mountains Trail follow old railway easements offering gentle grades and curves away from busy roads. The trail follows the Oreti and Mataura Rivers in many places and a number of purpose built bridges have been constructed to allow trampers to cross these beautiful rivers safely.
Experience the Milford Track with a guided day walk from Te Anau. The track has a reputation for being one of the finest walks in the world and day walkers can experience at least a part of it with a leisurely guided walk through ancient beech forest and grassy flats. The day walk is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Lumsden has a brilliant bowling green. Just ask at the hotel and we can usually organise a game and or some instruction for novices. It’s a great way to meet the locals.
Jet boat or sea kayak on Lake Manapouri. Luxmore Jets offers scenic tours on the Upper Waiau River which connects Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri passed three locations used filming Lord of the Rings.
Jetboat the Wairaurahiri River in South Fiordland through 74kms of unspoiled beech and podocarp forests. Wairaurahiri Jet sets off into the southern end of Fiordland National Park from Lake Hauroko . It crosses New Zealand's deepest lake and then proceeds down the wild grade 3 rapids of the Wairaurahiri River all the way to the Tasman Sea.
Lumsden Railway Station is currently being
Another iconic tourist attraction is The Kingston Flyer steam train. Although the train is not currently running it is well worth the half hour drive to Kingston to have a look.