About Us


By car, follow your gps (latitude: -46.1273 & longitude: 167.674438) or look at this map.
By foot, you can take a bus from Queenstown or Te Anau to Invercargill, and then to Riverton.
After it’s all by hitch-hiking, but no worries it’s pretty easy to do.


EVERYDAY 8am-8pm (later by arrangement)



Tucked away in the most south westerly corner of New Zealand, with nothing but coastline to the south and Fiordland to the west, Last Light Lodge is the last backpackers to see the light of the day… and you ain’t seen a sunset ’til you’ve seen one from down here!
Last Light Lodge is a true labour of love ; with the help of some funky locals & travellling folks, the backpackers/lodge and campsite have been swished up and we now boast:

# 20 private rooms
# 10 powered campervan sites (dump station located onsite)
# 10 tent sites
# Large communal kitchen/dining/TV lounge area
# 3 large bathrooms coin operated showers
# 3 coin operated laundries
# Wifi internet is available across the complex

A good number of people have stumbled across Last Light Lodge by accident and have stayed for days or weeks – when all they wanted was a campsite for the night! A few have even gone and come back again – such is the warmth and positivity that this place and the guys building it have created.
The dream is to maintain and develop this warmth and family like atmosphere, where travellers can drop in and feel instantly at home.

Last Light Lodge is the perfect place for those who wish to see the lesser explored end of this beautiful isle.


Craig Rutland

This is the man to thank for the amazing food and coffee, for the funny retro style in the cafe and for the great looking gardens ! He’s a super awesome, sparkly eyed groove child, some call him… Mr Bojangles. He has a vision for all and loves to share his ideas with guests. He’s an awesome story teller ! and very lucky with his staff this year…no?

Violaine aka V.

A frenchie, who passed by in 2011 and never left after falling in love with Craig. Helping at anything really.
You will just love her french accent !


She manages the restaurant and kitchen and we are really happy to have her with us. With her lovely smile, she makes everybody feel welcome.


The queen of nice coffee, she is also our cleaning fairy. She makes everything and everyone sparkle !