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 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.
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 Cafe offers a range of delicious home-made food with both dine-in and take-away options for lunch and dinner. From pies and sandwiches to scrumptious scones and muffins, we also serve great locally-roasted ROAR coffee or a resfreshing non-alchoholic or alchoholic drink. There’s something bound to appease your appetite. A great spot to stop!
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.