South Island Fly Fishing Lodges

Minaret Station New Zealand

Check out these beautiful South Island fishing lodges, all offering world-class fishing for brown trout within an easy drive of the front door. Check out the options below or

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Fishing lodges in the South Island vary between large classic luxury lodges, smaller remote luxury stays that rely on their own resources for power and services, rustic country retreats with understated elegance and sturdy stone hideaways completely at one with their surroundings.

What they all have in common is their proximity to some of the world’s best fly-fishing in some of it’s most beautiful landscapes. The Top of the South, the West Coast, inland Canterbury and Otago are the main fishing areas of this large and beautiful island.


–  this is one of the country’s best places if you’re passionate about fishing for brown trout. The lodge is small and intimate, with a maximum of 12 guests. There are over 30 excellent fishing waters to choose from within a 60 minute drive, and many more that are accessible by helicopter. The accommodation is elegant country, with great hospitality.


With heli access only Minaret Station is a gorgeously remote wilderness stay high in the mountains above Lake Wanaka. Accommodation is in free-standing luxury chalets overlooking an alpine valley. Excellent heli-fishing available throughout the wider area and easy access to Fiordland’s wilderness, hiking, skiing and mountain biking
– Set in a stunning corner of the country, on the edge of the Fiordland National Park and overlooking the mysterious Lake Te Anau, Fiordland Lodge is a gem. The fishing is also exceptional, with plenty of brown and rainbow trout in the nearby rivers and streams. The lodge’s chosen guides can take you to fish on any of the 40 local rivers


Tucked away down a 2.5 km (1.5 mi) private road, Stonefly Lodge is hidden from the world like a magical 5-star secret. It is also barely more than a long-armed throw from the famous Motueka River and all its trout. The Motueka River is renowned for its trout with some of the country’s highest trout populations.



Blanket Bay is the cherry on the cake as far as South Island lodges go. Situated on a commanding site at the top end of beautiful Lake Wakatipu it enjoys spectacular alpine views and is surrounded by high mountains and deep rugged valleys. The rivers have brown and rainbow trout and there’s also salmon in the lake, giving year-round fishing
River Haven Lodge perches above a feisty little South Island, deep in the heart of brown trout country. It’s family-owned and run lodge offering excellent fishing and great hospitality. Accommodation is mostly in very comfortable free-standing log cabins, while the social hub is in the main lodge space


Riverview Lodge really stands up to its name. Owned and operated by passionate fishing hosts, Riverview makes the most of its location in magnificent brown trout country with magnificent views and world-class fishing. Robin and John offer a very friendly stay in a just-like-home environment



High on the hills overlooking the Whanganui Inlet in Golden Bay in the upper South Island, this newly opened luxury lodge has commanding views over land and sea. There is good inshore fishing inside the large inlet and, weather permitting, excellent coastal and deep sea fishing in the Tasman Sea. Fish for Pacific and albacore tuna, kahawai, snapper, terakihi and cod.


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We can confirm availability, get up-to-date pricing and a full quote to you overnight. We’ll then handle and complete your booking for you with full personal service all the way through.

We can also help you with all your flights to and from New Zealand, your other travel and accommodation arrangements, transfers to and from the lodge, and suggested itineraries for you to further explore this beautiful country.