Lumsden MotelCooking fish on the BBQLumsden sunset

Location and Activities

It is no exaggeration to say that within one hour of the Lumsden Motel, you will find yourself in some truly amazing places!

Lumsden is the gateway to the Southern Lakes, Fiordland National Park and the Southern Scenic Route. One hour from Queenstown airport, Te Anau, Manapouri and Invercargill, forty five minutes to Gore.



Lumsden Activities

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Set in the remote wilderness of southern New Zealand, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail offers a truly unique experience for those seeking to venture off the beaten track. It's a trail of contrasts – from the energetic adrenalin-seekers paradise of Queenstown to absolute tranquillity as you traverse the agricultural hinterland of Southland.

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail


The Southland Plains are bisected by four major rivers: the Aparima, Waiau, Oreti and Mataura. However, these represent just the starting point in a huge variety of fishing opportunities throughout the province. Southland lakes offer some superb fishing opportunities, particularly for rainbow trout. In addition, the scenery in the region is spectacular.

Southland fishing

Five Finger Crafts and Lumsden Information Centre

Situated in the Old Railway Station the Five Finger Craft Shop is filled with a wide variety of locally handmade crafts. Such things as knitted wool jerseys, scarves, socks and hats, as well as ceramics, jewellery, quilting, art, baby items, soaps, Kiwiana, christmas and wooden products and many more items as well. In addition they have a great range of guides and travel brochures in their Information Section.

Five Finger Crafts

Lumsden Golf Club

A flat easy walking 9-hole course that is well worth a visit. Surrounded by farmland, this course gains its degree of difficulty from well placed trees. The greens will provide a variety of skill requirements and the well placed shot will be rewarded.

Lumsden Golf Club

Lumsden Railway Station

Lumsden used to be a major railway junction with lines departing to all four points of the compass. The Lumsden Railway Station is currently being developed as a train museum and precinct. A number of old carriages, trains and artifacts have been purchased and restored and more are planned for the future.

Lumsden Railway Station


7 Hero Street
New Zealand

+64 3 248 7418