Early Summer Newsletter for New Zealand Fishing and Luxury Lodges

Riverrun, Wanaka, New Zealand

The Summer Season is Open

It’s summer in New Zealand and the sun is shining! We feature several lodges below which are not only great places to fish from but also offer outdoor travellers of any persuasion a fantastic stay. The new fly fishing season is well and truly underway now with all the lodges open and great reports coming about the fishing. These lodges are generally in beautiful locations, with fine hospitality and service, and can offer travellers a world-class stay.

Read on here …..

New Stay-Fish Special at Tongariro Lodge

Tongariro Lodge fishing


Reserve by December 15 and Receive One Night’s Room and Meals Free

Tongariro Lodge is one of New Zealand’s premier fishing lodges, providing avid fly fishermen with a world-class fly-fishing stay – the trout fishing is excellent.

If you book to stay for four or more nights between 1 Nov 2014 – 31 March 2015 you will receive one night’s accommodation, a superb four course dinner and a cooked breakfast for free.

For a strictly limited time, Tongariro Lodge is offering anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike a great deal during their prime summer season.

CONTACT US  for more details


Fly Fishing Special at Riverview Lodge

 New Season Fly Fishing Special at Riverview Lodge

Riverview Lodge, New Zealand

From all reports the new fly fishing season in New Zealand is off to a good start. Riverview Lodge near Hanmer, in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, is offering an excellent early/late season special of -

  • a 6 night stay with 5 days guided fishing from $NZ 3995.00 per person. This includes your 4 star accommodation (twin share), all meals, guided fishing for 2 and your required fishing gear

Just a 90 minute drive from Christchurch Airport, Riverview Lodge is right in the heart of fly fishing country -brown trout is the prize species. Unlike many of the South Island’s fly fishing lodges Riverview is on the eastern side of the Southern Alps, making it more accessible from Christchurch and giving it a drier climate. In some weather patterns this equates to better weather. It is also just a few kilometres from Hanmer, a small thermal springs resort town overlooking the Waiau River Valley.

Riverview Lodge has been operating as a brown trout fly fishing lodge for over 25 years. Their fishing guides will take you out on daily excursions to seek the trophy brown trout, which average 2 kgs (5 lbs, 20-26 ins) through the area. Guided fly fishing for large, wild brown trout is available in a variety of locations. Travelling by vehicle or helicopter ensures an exciting day in beautiful remote spots, with many opportunities for challenging fishing. Fishing from Riverview Lodge is generally catch and release (rather than catch and eat).

Lodge room at Riverview Lodge

This special is available for bookings through to 20th December 2014, then from 15th March to 30th April 2015, and is available on a twin share basis. It is subject to availability, but there are currently still plenty of spaces available.

Add on a couple of extra nights if you want to  enjoy the local area. Hanmer is a delightful place with thermal springs, hiking, fishing, white water sports, quad biking, mountain biking and horse trekking. There are good restaurants and bars in the village for a nice evening out, and it is less than an hour’s drive to the excellent wineries of the Waipara region, one of New Zealand’s boutique wine growing areas.

If you’re arriving from overseas there are plenty of flights in to Christchurch from Australia. If you’re travelling from further afield your flight will probably arrive in to Auckland, so catch a domestic flight from Auckland to Christchurch. We can make all these arrangements for you.

Email us about this great special or go here to find out more.

(C) by Sue Farley 2014

Latest NZ Fishing Lodges Newsletter

Fishing from Owen River Lodge, South Island, NZ


The New Fishing Season

The new fishing season in New Zealand is here – don’t know about you, but we’re excited about this.

And it is especially exciting in the South Island where most waterways have been closed to fishing from May to September (the southern winter).
Come October 1, however, and all that changed. The North Island is blessed with a number of fishing rivers and streams that remain open in their lower reaches throughout the year, providing excellent year-round fishing. The South Island shines through summer with world-class fishing along many waterways. So check out some of the options and suggestions we have here, or head to our website for the full story.

When to Come to New Zealand to Fly Fish
Lodge Packages and Specials
Lodge of the Month – Owen River Lodge
New fishing licence fees
Coastal Fishing from the Island Passage
Read on to learn more about fishing in New Zealand. Feel free to contact us with any questions, any time.

Here’s the link to THE FULL NEWSLETTER




Trout Fishing in the Upper South Island

Fantastic fishing from Owen River Lodge
Few places in the world offer as much high quality fly fishing for trout as the upper portion of New Zealand’s South Island. Legendary stories are told of wily brown trout caught in glass-clear rivers after an exciting chase. It’s sighted fishing at its very best.

So, where best to fish, and which guide to use? Where are the best places to stay? And how do you get there?

The Top of the South, as the area is known, encompasses the top third of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s an area rich in natural beauty, challenging back country rivers and three superb national parks. There are several well-placed luxury fishing lodges, a good number of very talented local fishing guides and enough wilderness rivers and streams that you can easily go a full day without seeing another fishing party.

Some of these rivers are well known on the trout fishing circuit – the Buller, the Wairau, the Maruia, the Motueka. Others are tucked away in remote areas where the only reasonable way of reaching them in a day is by helicopter. And each of these rivers is fed by countless tributaries, also riddled with fine fishing spots.

Lake Rotoroa Lodge fishing

Being a great outdoors area the region is blessed with a good number of experienced fishing guides. Each has his own favourite spots, and the lodges always have a number of good guides on their books, so there’s generally enough to go round. Having said that it’s advisable to book a guide when you book your accommodation, just to be sure. The main trout fishing season runs October through to the end of April, but there is good winter fishing in the lower reaches of some rivers throughout winter. There are also a few rainbow trout in several rivers and small numbers of quinnat salmon caught in summer on the eastern side of the region (remember this is the southern hemisphere summer).

Owen River Lodge, luxury fishing lodge near Murchison, New Zealand

Where to stay? There are several luxury fishing lodges in the region, and a number of smaller high quality lodges and B&Bs. Owen River Lodge has developed an excellent reputation over the few years it has been open, and is located right in the heart of brown trout country near Murchison. Nearby Lake Rotoroa Lodge is also a five-star stop, this time on the shore of the quietly beautiful Lake Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park. It was originally built as a gentlemen’s stop on the old coach route south from Nelson and retains a lot of the heritage features from those earlier days. The fishing from both these lodges is fantastic.


Brown trout fishing - Owen River Lodge, Nelson

Stonefly Lodge is in the northern part of the region, overlooking the Motueka River and stunning mountains of the Kahurangi National Park. Only recently built, this luxurious fishing lodge is once again close to excellent fishing for trout and, unlike the previous two lodges, is open all year.

The Resurgence, near the small town of Motueka, is not strictly a fishing lodge but is a highly regarded eco-lodge, also on the edge of the vast Kahurangi National Park. Local guides will happily take you fishing to any one of a number of great spots along the Motueka River or further afield while staying there. It is also close to good sea fishing in Tasman and Golden Bays.

Fishing licences can be obtained from all these lodges, starting at $NZ 24 for a single day, up to $NZ 121 for a season.

When flying to New Zealand you’ll find most international flights arrive through Auckland, on the North Island, although some flights from Australia arrive into Christchurch. There are several flights a day from either city to the regional airport at Nelson. None of the above lodges are more than 90 minutes drive from Nelson airport and Christchurch is a 5 hour drive to the south. Rental cars can be picked up at either airport, or lodge transfers are available from Nelson.

Email us with your questions about fishing for trout in the Top of the South or elsewhere around New Zealand, or go here to find out more.

(C) by Sue Farley 2014

Early Season Fly Fishing Special at Tongariro Lodge

Tongariro Lodge fishing

Summer has only just finished and we are already picking up the first specials for next season. This is exciting.

Tongariro Lodge is one of New Zealand’s iconic fishing lodges and sits in the heart of the North Island’s most noted fishing region. They offer some of the best fly fishing for trout in the country and are open all year.

This is an Earlybird special that runs right through from November to March (the height of summer), offering four nights for the price three. So you get a free night, a 4-course dinner and a full breakfast added if you stay three nights or more. But you will have to book soon to grab this one as it’s a short-life special. Pricing starts at $NZ 2471 ($AU 2245, $US 2100, £ 1245) for 4 nights accommodation (twin share), meals and 3 days guided fishing (shared).

So what’s the story behind Tongariro Lodge? Why has it become one of the most recognised fly fishing lodges in New Zealand? To put it simply – the fishing – and the fact it was started, and is still run by, one of New Zealand’s most well-known fishing guides, Tony Hayes. You can fish from any of 40 rivers and three lakes from Tongariro Lodge.

The lodge sits beside the famous Tongariro River, an often gentle meandering river that runs off the high country of the Tongariro National Park in to Lake Taupo. On it’s way it ruffles and gurgles over shallow rapids and collects quietly in clear, brooding pools. It’s a prime spot for the ‘sight and stalk’ fishing New Zealand is so well known for.

Lounge and bar, Tongariro Lodge, New Zealand

In November you’ll catch the end of the main spawning run in the Taupo rivers and right through to March there is great nymph and dry fly fishing throughout the area. Both rainbow and brown trout live in these rivers. There’s also good boat fishing on Lake Taupo with light tackle trolling and raft fishing as well. And the lodge is close to some world-class wilderness fishing in the vast areas of back country on this high volcanic plateau.

The lodge itself is one of those lovely older style lodges with lots of timber, big river rock fireplaces and comfy armchairs. Accommodation is in free-standing villas and chalets set throughout the grounds, with a range of sizes from studio to five bedrooms – couples to larger groups and families. The public spaces are all in the main lodge building. The cuisine is memorable so you’ll need a few nights there to try some of the creative options on the menu. There are also plenty of opportunities to share time with other fishing folk during your stay.

Villa at Tongariro Lodge, New Zealand

Contact us to book this great Earlybird special. And if you want to try Tongariro Lodge sooner then ask us about their enticing Winter special offering over 30% off their summer rates. There’s excellent winter fishing for trout, skiing, hiking and golf nearby and the big open fires make the lodge a welcoming place to relax no matter how cold it is outside.

Email us with your questions about fishing at Tongariro Lodge or around New Zealand, or go here to find out more – www.newzealandfishinglodges.co.nz

(C)  by Sue Farley  2014


A Local Nelson Fishing Guide

Strike Adventure guided fly fishing, Nelson, NZ

There’s a local fishing guide in Nelson, New Zealand, who tells a good story. His name is Zane Mirfin and he’s lived in the area a long time now.

He comes from a family who loves the outdoors and he grew up fishing and hunting, just like many young kids did back then. But Zane is one of those great blokes who has allowed his passion to become his work and he now runs Strike Adventure, a guiding adventure company he operates with his wife Aimee.

Strike Adventure guided fishing, Nelson, New Zealand

We use Zane as a fishing guide for clients staying in the Nelson region. He is equally at home on a crackling mountain river or the wide flat waters of Tasman Bay. He’ll stalk a riverbank sighting trout as he goes, as easily as he’ll cast a line in the sea for a pretty blue cod or a fat snapper. By boat he can access mirror-like bush-fringed lakes or the wind-streaked waters of the Marlborough Sounds. With such a huge area of land and sea to choose from Zane can lead fishing trips all year round so, no matter when you choose to travel to this beautiful part of New Zealand, you’ll be able to cast a fly or bait a hook any day.

This is especially useful if you’re travelling with a friend or partner who doesn’t fish and would prefer to stay close to town where the art galleries and vineyards hold far more appeal than a day on a riverbank being bitten by sandflies. It’s a win-win. In addition to several world-class fishing lodges the Nelson region has a great selection of boutique and wilderness lodges and accommodations, so it may suit to stay in one of these places and still catch a day’s fishing while you’re there.  We can book you in with Zane for a day , or two, to suit.

Strike Adventure guided fishing, Nelson, New Zealand

So where are some of the places you might go? Nelson is blessed to be surrounded by national parks and wilderness areas and its back country is impressive. All these mountains and valleys create a fantastic network of rocky bottom rivers which have allowed a fantastic brown trout fishery, considered one of the best in the world.  The region is also ringed by a beautiful coastline and the large expanse of Tasman Bay, which runs around the corner to Cook Strait (not always so calm) and the countless waterways of the Marlborough Sounds.

Strike Adventure guided sea  fishing, Nelson, New Zealand

Email us with your questions about fishing in Nelson and around New Zealand or go here to find out more – www.newzealandfishinglodges.co.nz

(C)  by Sue Farley  2014

New Zealand Fishing Lodges newsletter – January 2014


Tongariro Lodge fishing

Check out the latest issue of our New Zealand Fishing Lodges newsletter

News and reviews from around the country – new lodge listings, local updates, fishing spots

This month we talk about heli-fishing in Fiordland, introduce the beautiful Resurgence wilderness lodge and update on Lake Rotoroa Lodge, Poronui and Owen River Lodge

Check it out then go to our website for more info on these and many other great fishing lodges and trips







A 14 day Fly Fishing Trip to New Zealand

Heli-fishing at Poronui

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.

Wildwood Lodge luxury guest cabin

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.

Stonefly Lodge

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