Lauderburn House

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Lauderburn House was built in the mid 1920’s as a doctor’s house and infirmary. Over the years until the early 1960’s various doctors and their families have lived at the house. The house was later transformed into a Bed and Breakfast for guests, this was when it got its name Lauderburn House (Lauder after the town and Burn meaning small stream). It is however more commonly referred to by the locals as ‘The Doctor’s House’.


The house is set on six acres in the town of Lauder. It is the closest accommodation to the spectacular Poolburn Gorge viaducts and tunnels. The two indoor guest rooms are the 'Karearea' and the 'Kahu' rooms. We also have a small cottage sleep out, 'Matuku Moana', a lovely self contained room and the 'Pukeko Place' our glamping tent. They both have the use of our stunning outdoor bathroom with hot shower and compost toilet. They are also able to be booked in conjunction with our other guest rooms. Their bathroom facilities could then be shared. 

We have enjoyed refurbishing the guest rooms and will continue to renovate and restore this beautiful house and property over the years to come. Establishing the pond area has been a priority. We have planted 70 Flax bushes, native Toi Toi, Cabbage trees, Pittosporums and native grasses. Both Mallard and Teal ducklings have made our pond their home along with our Welsh Harlequins. Our resident White Faced Heron can be seen fishing there regularly.



Karearea Room 

Named after the New Zealand Falcon that can be found in the nearby Poolburn Gorge. The Karearea is capable of flying at speeds over 100 km/h, and can catch prey larger than itself. The larger of the two rooms situated at the front of the house. It has a queen sized bed and ensuite. The bay window overlooks the front garden.

Kahu Room

Named after the Australasian Harrier that can be seen throughout Central Otago. They are a large, long-legged bird of prey with sizeable taloned feet and a strongly hooked bill. Kahu perch on fence posts at the side of the road. They feed on carrion and are often seen enjoying various road kill. The smaller guest room overlooking the farm also has a queen sized bed and ensuite.

Matuku Moana

Cottage Sleep out

Named after the White Faced Heron who hangs out on our pond in the summer. 

This is a small self contained cottage with a double bed and use of the outdoor bathroom with hot shower and compost toilet.

Pukeko Place

Glamping Tent

Named after the native swamp hens who live on the wetland at the back of our property.

It is a 5 metre Lotus Belle Tent with a queen bed and two camp stretchers that can be put up if a family wants to use it. It has the use of the outdoor bathroom with hot shower and compost toilet.





Continental breakfast is complimentary.

A cooked breakfast is available at the Stationside Cafe during peak season.

See menu

Free Wifi


We have a number of animals

on our property.

Alfie - our friendly Jack Russell.

Our horses - Kosta and Sophia.

Alpacas - Charlie, Pixie, Caramel, Picnic and Chokito.

Kune Kune Pigs - Tahi and Rua

Chicken - Coal.

Welsh Harlequin Ducks



Relax in the garden or take a stroll down to our pond to see our ducks. You might even get to meet our resident White Faced Heron, the German Owls or the Wild Quail

that hang out in the garden.

Complimentary Bike Use
Daily Housekeeping




Stationside Cafe

A short walk down the road brings you to the Stationside Cafe.

A wonderful place to stop for a coffee and something to eat.

Open for breakfast and lunch, it is well worth a visit.

 Lauder  Hotel

Just a short stroll into the Lauder village and you will find the local hotel. Evening meals are available here or just stop in for a chat and a beer with the friendly locals.

Night Rides


Take a bike up the Poolburn Gorge for a night ride. A great way to spend an evening. A wonderful way to experience this special part of the Otago Rail Trail.

Historic St Bathans


Just a short drive up the road is the beautiful Blue Lake and historic town of St Bathans. Stop in at the Vulcan Hotel for a drink or something to eat. Walk the town and check out some of the history from the gold mining days.



The town is known for the many original buildings still surviving. The restored Post and Telegraph Office, the 1895 Courthouse, and the 1870's Police Station are but a few. A must see is the Daniel O'Connell Bridge built in 1880. The single lane wooden bridge is one of the last surviving suspension bridges in Central Otago.



Omakau is the site of many historic buildings, including the local hotel built in 1898 and the Catholic Church. A number of well known advertisements have been filmed here such as the Speight’s “Good On Ya Mate” adverts and the Vodafone commercial - Piggy Sue and Keith.

Thomson Gorge Road


A remote high country road across the Dunstan Mountains between Matakanui and Bendigo. Check out the historic sites along the way.

We offer 4WD tours through the gorge. Picnic lunch and wine included. Subject to weather and farm operations.

Contact us for pricing and availability.

Country Hotels 


There are a number of wonderful country hotels to experience in the area. The closest being the Lauder Hotel, White Horse Hotel, Blacks Hotel and the Omakau Commercial Hotel. 

Dining Out In Central

Naseby & Danseys Pass

35 minutes up the highway is the beautiful town of Naseby. Great for forest mountain biking or visit the indoor curling rink.

Just up the road from here is the Danseys Pass Coach Inn. Built in the 1860s, when it serviced a 

multi-cultural gold prospecting community of 2000.


“Blown away by our experience at your stunning 1920's homestead, 'Lauderburn House'. Your hospitality, knowledge of the area and kindness was worth millions. Getting me riding a bike on the Otago Rail Trail, up through the Poolburn Tunnels has motivated me beyond words. We will be back.”  

Bronte & Peter (Waiwera NZ)



Tel: +64 272838280 

3375 Becks-Lauder Road, RD2 Omakau, Central Otago

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