Are you looking for a refreshing two week break fishing for trout in New Zealand? Is your preferred style of accommodation in very comfortable fishing lodges sitting in idyllic river and lakeside settings, surrounded by verdant native forest or overlooking the lofty vistas of a national park?
This 14 Day North South Fishing Trio will get you all of that, visiting both main islands of New Zealand. Start in Auckland, where most of the international flights to New Zealand arrive. You can choose to relax in Auckland for a day and unwind after a long flight – we recommend this option, especially if you are planning to drive yourself around the North Island. You can also elect to use lodge transfers, but either way there’s a minimum 4 hour drive to the first lodge, so a night in Auckland will set you up well for the coming weeks.
Head south to Rotorua, a highly active geothermal area in the central North Island. It’s a popular tourist spot so it can be busy; you might just want to carry on through to nearby Lake Rotoehu to your first lodge – the very beautiful Wildwood Lodge, which sits right on the lake shore with views across the water to the forest-clads hills beyond. Your hosts, Cath and Simon, will give you a warm welcome. This modern lodge has just three rooms, including the luxury guest cabin, so your stay is very personal. Simon is a highly experienced guide and he can get you some excellent fishing in the Rotorua and Te Urewera areas. Lake Waikaremoana is the jewel of the Te Urewera National Park and the surrounding area is also home to the Tuhoe people who have lived and farmed in this area for several hundred years. It’s a mysterious place of dark beauty, and awesome fishing. You’ll get two days fishing in this area.
South of Rotorua, and then east of Lake Taupo, Poronui sits on the edge of the Taharua River in the Kaimanawa Ranges. It’s a world-class fishing lodge that has access to some formidable country and is part of a 16,000 acre working farm. There are three accommodation options at Poronui – you can stay in the main lodge, which has very comfortable rooms overlooking the river. Or you can head out for a few days at their Safari Camp, staying in luxury tented cabins beside the fast-flowing headwaters of the Mohaka River. The camp is an isolated spot deep in the heart of the property and at night you’re surrounded by nothing but stunningly bright stars, the rush of the river and the sighing of wind in the trees. Once again you’re right in the heart of the fishing action. The third accommodation is Blake House which is ideal for small to medium sized groups and extended families. It is a short drive from the main lodge but is fully self-contained and can be chef-catered. Three days guided fishing is included at Poronui and it’s an excellent spot to do some heli-fishing as there’s a vast area of wilderness surrounding the lodge with almost no roads.
Leave Poronui and head back to Taupo to catch a flight to the South Island. There are no direct flights so you’ll stop off in Wellington briefly. Then it’s a quick flight across Cook Strait to Nelson, at the northern end of the South Island. Once again, take the rest of the day in Nelson to enjoy some of the city highlights and its excellent restaurants. The following day you can drive or use a lodge transfer to Stonefly Lodge out on the edge of the Kahurangi National Park. This rustic lodge was built by owners John and Kate and it’s high cathedral ceiling and expansive views give it an air of elegance in stark contrast to the wilderness view out the windows. Accommodation is in four luxury lodge rooms, each opening to a deck overlooking the Motueka River. Once again the hospitality is superb and you’ll have access to countless fishing spots on the next three days of guided fishing.
On the final day make your way back to Nelson, or use their transfer, and fly direct back to Auckland to catch your flight home.
This 14 day trip gives a lovely balance of full fishing days, some travel and sightseeing, and a little R&R. The cuisine at each lodge is memorable, as is the hospitality. And remember, this itinerary is just a guide. It is fully customisable, meaning we can substitute the lodges for others, change the days, add extra days or take a few out. Non-fishing partners will find plenty to do in each location and if you’re hiring a car then you can carry on to explore other places afterwards. Or add on the 10 Day South Island Fishing Adventure to give you just over three weeks of world-class fishing fun in the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
Email us with your questions about fishing in New Zealand or go here to find out more – www.newzealandfishinglodges.co.nz
(C) by Sue Farley 2013