Lumsden (Ōreti) is Northern Southland’s main hub and a major junction in Southland, with roads to travellers’ destinations departing on all four points of the compass. An hour south is Invercargill, an hour north lies Queenstown, to the southeast, you’ll find Gore, and the north-west road leads to Te Anau, Manapōuri and Milford Sound. A number of quirky cafes and restaurants line the main street, making this town an excellent stopover or a convenient, peaceful holiday destination.
The township, settled in 1862, was known as “The Elbow” because it is situated beside the spot where the Ōreti River sharply turns 90°, from east to south – although the name was later changed to compliment the Honourable George Lumsden, a Scottish trader who became a New Zealand politician. Railway was an important aspect of Lumsden’s past, and the old railway station is now preserved as a tourist information centre with two Drewry diesel shunters and three wagons on display outside. The Lumsden Heritage Trust also has the chassis of New Zealand Railways steam locomotive P60 on display at the town’s southern entrance.
ROAR Coffee Roasters
Welcoming you to ROAR Coffee Roaster HQ & Depot in the heart of Northern Southland. Come and see where Southland’s favourite coffee is roasted and visit our on-site Café ROASTED x TOASTED – serving Southland’s favourite coffee. Try our famous toasted sandwiches plus much more. Our small shop stocks some of New Zealand’s greatest artisan […]
Four Square Lumsden
Our country Four Square Lumsden offers a wide variety of food, beer & wine, fresh produce, and 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. […]
Route 6 Café
In the heart of Lumsden, you will find Route 6 Café, 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 Cheese roll, some Stewart Island blue cod or a […]
Located on the main street of Lumsden the fully renovated Lumsden Hotel provides old-world country hospitality with spotless, airy rooms, a generous guest lounge, a warm and welcoming bar and a large relaxing garden. Great food is available from our kitchen at almost any hour and picnic lunches can be provided. Only an hour by […]
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 […]
Royal Mail Hotel
Our historic hotel is in the heart of beautiful northern Southland providing quaint and affordable accommodation. We pride ourselves on ensuring our guest’s stay is comfortable and provide personal touches including locally roasted Roar coffee, handmade soaps and shampoos as well as fresh, organic eggs from our “backyard ladies”. The hotel has been extensively and […]
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