Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge
DWC support helps transition the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge into West Coast ownership and maintain local employment.
The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust constructed and operates The Old Ghost Road and also leased and operated the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge that is situated at The Old Ghost Road's isolated northern trailhead.
“The Lodge provides critical support services such as parking, accommodation, food, showers, and communication for trail users, all of which is delivered by local employment," said Phil Rossiter, chairperson of the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust.
These services directly reduce key barriers for visitors, and complement the user experience.
When the owners of the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge indicated their desire to sell the property, the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust explored options for acquiring the Lodge so that local employment and visitor service levels could be retained, and to provide certainty that the Lodge would operate as a going concern.
“DWC were attentive and positive from the outset, and their support was a critical element in the broader funding mix to ensure the Lodge transitioned into West Coast ownership, maintained local employment, and will continue to warmly welcome and host visitors to the West Coast for years to come,”
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