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Where to Stay and Fly Fish in New Zealand

Guest House - Wildwood Lodge

We thought it might be helpful to have this selection of New Zealand Fishing Lodges on hand.

New Zealand is well known for having some of the best trout fishing in the world and there is no better way to enjoy it than from a beautiful lodge.

We represent many of the best lodges in the country, spread through the North and South Islands, offering brown and rainbow trout fishing and some salmon fishing. The main trout fishing season runs from October to April, but there are places to fish all year round, especially in the North Island. We outline this in more detail here.

Lodges range from riverside beauties to remote wilderness settings, high country, lakefront and mountain valley retreats. All offer top service and excellent cuisine, world-class fishing and a great local experience. The lodges all have highly experienced local guides available and a range of fishing gear for your use. Several lodges have quality retail gear available as well.

Fishing at Stonefly Lodge, motueka River Valley, New Zealand


Tongariro Lodge
– Tongariro Lodge oozes history and heritage. Now well past its 30th anniversary it is one of the country’s finest fishing lodges, drawing on these years of experience to offer you a fine fishing stay. It’s hosted some of the world’s most famous fisherfolk and is just metres from the Tongariro River, one of the best trout fisheries in the country.
Huka Lodge
– From humble beginnings as a 1920s tented fishing stay Huka Lodge has risen to be one of the noted resorts of the world. But amid all the luxury and glamour that goes with being the best, the fishing hasn’t changed. This is because Huka Lodge is only a short drive from the famed Tongariro River and close to great dry-fly fishing.
Treetops Lodge
– Set in 2500 acres of private wilderness and close to many fishing lakes and rivers Treetops Lodge offers a fantastic stay in superb luxury. This beautiful property offers lodge, villa and private retreat accommodation, is close to the geothermal sights around Rotorua and is only an hour from excellent sea fishing in the Bay of Plenty.
Lake Taupo Lodge
– Fish for brown and rainbow trout from this beautiful B&B lodge overlooking Lake Taupo. There are 6 luxurious suites, each with private lounge seating and outdoor patio area. The lodge is also close to excellent golf, boating, skiing (in winter), sightseeing and Maori cultural tourism
River Birches
– Right beside the famous Tongariro River, River Birches is an architecturally acclaimed boutique B&B lodge in the heart of Zane Grey country. It is also just minutes from Lake Taupo, one of New Zealand’s largest lakes and a place of great significance to local Maori. It has 5-star accommodation in three guest rooms and a self-contained luxury cottage.
– Poronui is a fine wilderness fishing and hunting destination to the south-east of Lake Taupo. Part of a vast 16,000 hectare wilderness property, the Lodge and its accompanying Safari Camp and luxury owner’s residence offer a fabulous stay for anyone serious about catching good trout. Rated one of the world’s top 10 fly fishing lodges by Forbes magazine
Wildwood Lodge
– Sitting snugly on the shore of Lake Rotoehu, Wildwood Lodge is a real beauty. A little more contemporary than some, it has a fresh modern look and feel. Simon also operates a guided fishing service, taking his guests to fish the very best spots around the Rotorua and Te Urewera areas.
Tui Lodge
– Tui Lodge is a short walk from the famed Tongariro River and provides quality B&B accommodation and service to the more budget-conscious fishing traveller. They also run a highly regarded guided fly fishing service to many of the great fishing spots this fantastic area is known for.
Owen River Lodge
– 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 rivers and streams to choose from within a 60 minute drive, and many more that are accessible by helicopter. The accommodation is elegant country, with great hospitality.
Riverview Lodge
– overlooking an alpine river valley near Hanmer in inland Canterbury, Riverview Lodge offers excellent trout fishing and very comfortable 4-star accommodation. Host John has guided for many years and leads a strong team of fishing guides who take guests to the very best spots on the day
Stonefly Lodge
– 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
– Blanket Bay is the cherry on top of 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 …
Fiordland Lodge
– 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 ….

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