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Lou's Place

Accommodation Type

Tourist Park / Camping, Historic, Self - Contained


Closed over winter

Four bedroom house is for hire 2- 12 persons more than that the sleepouts and hall bunk room are utilised (all by prior approval and arrangement)

$135 p/p p/n  for 2 persons 

$45 p/p p/n each extra guest

Hired linen $5 p/p 

Cleaning fee applies 

please refer  to airbnb listing for more details and photos


Full kitchen facilities 

Two ovens heaps of cutlery, crockery 

Dining area with two large tables 

Mens and Women bathrooms and a disabled bathroom


Lounge room

Good phone coverage

Lots of spaces to retreat to and make yourself at home in outside.

Large Hall with bunk room

Four bedroom house

Two one bedroom sleep out rooms

Linen is $5 p/p 

Fresh clean and affordable




One of the few places that caters for larger groups at an affordable price.  Although you can still book out the house if you are a couple who want a total NZ experience (house is from 2 persons for 2 nights).  If cycling the original Central Otago Rail Trail, doing a day tramp or just want to get together with your group or family on an adventure in this stunning part of the world; then you really must stop and explore this area. More info visit:

The landscape is raw, real and totally rejuvenating... this is the heart of what NZ is all about. Here time has stood still and it is a place to connect by disconnecting to have yarns with each other.  There is something for everyone in the area and you will leave feeling invigorated.  

Sutton lays on the Taieri River; head for a picnic and a dip. To the east is the amazing Rock and Pillar Range (some Lord of the Rings was filmed there) and the "Crater" is approx. 1450m. Visit Sutton Salt Lake, an 8ha reserve; NZ's only inland salt lake with gorgeous geckos. Middlemarch of course is close by to go for a meal in the hotel, cafe, see the museum etc about 6kms away. 


The property has a full kitchen, dining room and lounge to share, men's and women's bathrooms with adequate facilities and large front verandah, adventure playground (children MUST be supervised at all times).  There is a good size hall on site if you are planning a group retreat or small celebration, workshop - think of writers they would love it here.  Often used for school groups to stay now it is open to the public again. 

This accommodation offers something a little bit different where a group or family has a chance to have their own get together that is far enough away from everything to have the benefits of total relaxation and the night skies above as well as close enough to amenities of Middlemarch (just 6 kms away).

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be provided at very reasonable rates from our cook so get a picnic packed to explore.  Otherwise bring your own supplies  or eat in Middlemarch (hotel and cafe).    The place has history; there has been plenty of laughter, and joy in this land and the old is in the soul of this place and has been for over 123 years; now it is ready to welcome you.  

The main house with 4 bedrooms is set up with single beds and bunks and another two single rooms in the sleep out and a hall with a bunk room.   

There are lots of spaces and places under a tree to read a book or relax in the sun.


As above we cater for groups, retreats etc 12 in house, two single bedrooms in sleep out and bunkroom in hall  but can also book  out the house for smaller numbers minimum 2 persons. suitable for small intimate celebrations eg weddings, birthdays etc or groups who are doing the trail or tramping or hobby groups, small retreats etc 

Bear in mind we are a quiet campsite and no loud or unsociable behavior will be tolerated.  It's all about nature, good old fashioned fun and a time to enjoy each other.  Watch the night skies after a day of adventure in the great outdoors. Do the trail and stay longer to unwind and enjoy all that the area offers.


We cater for fully self contained motor homes this is a separate area to the accommodation and are non powered site but a great way to be in a quieter less busy place (up to 15 motor homes catered for).  $25 per night up to 2 persons 5% discount for NZMCA members apply.  

E bike charging is available on request.


Lou's Place is located on State Highway 87 (S87) and we are only 57km 25 minutes from Mosgiel Dunedin only about 55 minutes (74km) from Dunedin airport. It is very easy to find. This is a very quiet highway and we are well back from the road.  Note if you are on your bikes from Middlemarch it is around 6km


$135 p/n for up to 2 persons $45 for extra persons.  $5 p/p for linen & cleaning fee  (refer to the airbnb listing

Note this is single or bunk beds.

So start planning your getaway!


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Louise Roke


9 Exteter Street , Sutton Middlemarch, 9597

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