The halfway junction of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, Lumsden has the dubious honour of being the scene of New Zealand’s biggest bank robbery.
Two shunting locomotives, originally from the Waihi Goldfields in the North Island, are proudly displayed and reflect the town’s history as a railway junction. Located on the western Waimea Plains about 80km north of Invercargill, in the early days of European settlement it was known as The Elbow.
Lumsden has café, restaurant and accommodation options, as well as a 24-hour laundromat, camping ground, a community swimming pool, recreational reserve, fire station, postal shop and petrol station.

  • Mollies Cabin

    Come and rest your weary legs! Located two minutes’ walk from the main street of Lumsden, our charming cabin offers warm, comfortable accommodation in a great location for exploring Southland.

  • Four Square Lumsden

    Our country Four Square Supermarket offers a wide variety of food, beer & wine, fresh produce, fresh meat. Also including in store from our registered kitchen, daily made fresh sandwiches, hot pies and cooked chicken with a variety of food to go meals. We also cater for lunches on the go – just phone through your order. Open 7 days a week

  • Route 6 Café

    In the heart of Lumsden, you will find our modern 1950's themed Americana Cafe ... with a kiwiana touch! We have become world-renowned for our great burgers, our locally roasted coffee and our extensive gluten-free offering. Whether you are after a staple Southland Cheeseroll, some Stewart Island blue cod or a famous burger, we are sure to impress!

  • Lumsden Motel

    The Lumsden Motel is your ideal accommodation. Your hosts, Tracy and Brian Ross, offer you a warm welcome. Clean, spacious, comfortable self-contained units await your arrival. Off street parking, guest BBQ, trout smoker and outdoor socialising area is all provided. A short walk to local eateries and a Four Square supermarket, the motels are located opposite the popular children's playground and historic Railway Station precinct with static displays, a museum and craft shop. It's a great overnight stopover on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail where a quiet and refreshing rest is assured.

  • Lumsden Hotel

    THE HISTORIC LUMSDEN HOTEL Your one-stop destination for great food and affordable accommodation. The Lumsden Hotel offers ensuite and shared facility rooms and private self-contained cottages with rural views. • Great all-day menu available from 8am until late, seven days a week • Fine dining in our bespoke restaurant Stock Pot & Barrel with an ever-changing seasonal menu and wonderful wine and top shelf selection.