Situated on 150 acres of private forest just 50 minutes from Nelson, Stonefly Lodge offers the complete package for international visitors seeking New Zealand fly fishing. In addition, enjoy 5-star luxury accommodations on the banks of the Motueka River and beautiful views of Abel Tasman National Park. Hosts John and Kate Kerr have 50+ years of combined tourism and hospitality experience and enjoy sharing their dream lodge with visitors.
Stonefly’s ideal location on the Motueka riverbank offers you immediate access to some of the best fly fishing waters in New Zealand. Within a one-hour drive, you can access dozens of quality fly fishing streams and rivers, stalking and sight-casting to big wild brown trout with awesome guides.
A member of Luxury Lodges of New Zealand, Stonefly offers four guest rooms, each with spectacular views from private balconies overlooking the Motueka River and Mount Arthur Range in Kahurangi National Park. Thoughtfully designed and engineered, the lodge is built from natural stone and timber.
Bring a 6-wt. fly rod, along with rubber-soled wading boots (felt-soled boots are not permitted in New Zealand). The lodge has a great SAGE & Simms rental program. Quality raingear and polarized glasses are essential. Dress in layers; we suggest neutral colors.
Guests fly to Nelson via commercial service from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. It’s a pretty 50-minute drive to Stonefly. There is no set itinerary, but we suggest a minimum 4-night/3-day stay for anglers. There are a multitude of non-fishing activities from local wineries and hiking to sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. The lodge is centered around entertainment and dining experiences. The Head Chef has extensive international experience and enjoys passing on some of his secrets to guests as they sit with a wine at the kitchen bench watching the evening meal develop.
Stonefly Lodge operates from early October-April. Based on the current rate of exchange, high season rates (mid-December-mid-March) for a 4-night/3-day inclusive fishing package start at $2,500 per person based on double-occupancy/shared guide. Other packages quoted on request.
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