Reputed to be home to the world’s best brown trout fishing on the nearby Mataura River, Athol lies on a small plain surrounded by mountains, including Mid Dome (1478m) to the south and Flagstaff (1037m) to the east.
With a population of 110, farming is the prominent industry.
Athol has many Maori caves scattered around the area, and its first accommodation house was established in early 1863 by runholder Joseph Rogers. Former Athol resident the Honourable Adam Hamilton was the first leader of the New Zealand National Party.
Athol offers two cafes, accommodation options, a ChargeNet charging station and a church.

  • The Shearers Quarters

    Situated right on the Cycle Trail, The Shearer's Quarters at Fiery Creek Farm have been renovated and turned into a private two-bedroom apartment, adjoining the main house. As guests of the Shearer's Quarters, you'll have private use of 2 bedrooms, bathroom & kitchenette, as well as use of the terrace area, and farm grounds.

  • Athol Gallery

    The Athol Gallery represents both established and new artists who have a deep connection to the local landscape and rural life. From majestic portrayals of stunning scenery to capturing the everyday beauty of rural activities, we offer a diverse selection of quality artwork including sculptural pieces, oil paintings, watercolours and printmaking. Our purpose built gallery space is warm and light and we welcome you to pop in when riding by, be it for a quick look or a chat.

  • The Lodge Athol and Holiday Park

    Athol, Northern Southland - just an hour from Queenstown, Te Anau, Invercargill and Gore. So you can enjoy your stay in our peaceful surrounds whilst never being far away from your next adventure. Be it relaxing in our lodge, complete with all the amentities you could wish for, or parking your motorhome next to your personal ensuite bathroom, we have something for everyone.

  • The Brown Trout Café

    The Brown Trout offers a range of delicious homemade food. Eat-in or takeaway. Pies sandwiches, scones, muffins, served with a great locally roasted ROAR coffee or a refreshing non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink.

  • Mataura Lodge Athol

    In the heart of Athol, Mataura Lodge is immaculately renovated and offers three king-sized bedrooms, two large bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. The generous living space, featuring a log burner with stone surround, will quickly become the heart of your stay.