$5,325 per angler, shared room/shared guide
$7,995 private room, private guide
$3,250 per non-angler, sharing a room
$6,900 private room, shared guide*.
*Pricing is subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuation.
Join Orvis for a memorable group fly-fishing trip to New Zealand's award-winning Stonefly Lodge. Situated on 156 acres of private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, the Lodge is only a 50-minute drive from Nelson, New Zealand, through the scenic Moutere Hills, home to multiple vineyards, orchards, and country farms. This luxury lodge is centrally located between three spectacular national parks (Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, and Kahurangi National Park), making it an ideal base from which to explore the region. Lodge guests have access to world-renowned fly fishing, sea kayaking, guided and unguided hiking tours, wine tasting, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding tours, and exploring the many art and craft studios of the region.
7 nights, 6 full days of fishing.
*Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Fishing locations and schedules are arranged by your guide based on weather, water levels, and angler preference.
There are direct flights to Nelson Airport (NSN) from several cities in New Zealand, including Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. After you arrive at Nelson, you will pick up your rental car or be met by a lodge staff member. Stonefly Lodge is about 50 minutes from Nelson through the scenic Moutere Hills, home to many vineyards and farms. Once you arrive at the lodge, you can unpack and enjoy a drink at the bar or head down to the river to try your luck on the wary trout of the Motueka River. Before dinner that evening, enjoy the local beer and wine or a drink of choice over appetizers while you get to know your fellow guests. You’re welcome to watch Chef Dean prepare dinner from locally sourced ingredients at the kitchen bar, sit around the fireplace, or watch the evening hatch on the Motueka from the sunroom. Then, enjoy a 4-course dinner with your fellow guests and lodge owners, John and Kate Kerr.
Each morning, enjoy a continental or made to order breakfast. Coffee will be ready by 6:30, breakfast is served at 7:30. After breakfast, you will meet your guide and discuss the plan for the day. You’ll leave the lodge by 8:30 to head out to one of the many rivers in the area. Each day’s fishing will give you the chance to stalk and cast to wild brown trout in gin-clear water. Whether you and your guide fish a small mountain stream in Kahurangi National Park, or a larger river in the Motueka Valley, you’re sure to have opportunities throughout the week at the fish of a lifetime. If you like to get completely “off the grid,” heli-fishing in the backcountry will be an experience you never forget. The thrilling flight will expose you to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery before you’re dropped off on a narrow gravel bar in a tight canyon. Once the pilot leaves, you and your guide will likely be the only humans in sight, and you’ll probably have this entire stretch of river to yourselves. In New Zealand, it is these small headwaters that hold the largest fish, and because their home is so isolated, they don’t get many visitors. These fish are still challenging, but patient and skilled anglers are often rewarded. Your guide will carry lunch so you can enjoy it streamside while searching for the next big fish. Return to the lodge around 5:30 to relax before dinner and trade stories with your fellow anglers.
After a relaxing morning and a hearty breakfast, you will check out of the lodge by 10:00 AM and be transferred back to Nelson in time to catch your flight. Alternatively, you can say farewell to the lodge staff and drive your rental car to another exciting destination. Orvis Travel will be happy to help you coordinate your stay at Stonefly Lodge with one of our other endorsed New Zealand fly-fishing lodges.
Stonefly Lodge was built from locally sourced stone and timber, and boasts an authentic, yet luxurious design that guests are sure to enjoy. The lodge and facilities are powered by alternative energy sources to protect the environment and conserve the area’s natural resources. A large open kitchen adjoining the dining area offers a relaxed atmosphere for sharing meals. The menu is designed by an international chef and integrates seasonally fresh produce from the extensive garden with homegrown produce, local quality meats, and fresh seasonal seafood. Four double, guest rooms are located upstairs complete with en-suites, heated towel rails, and private balconies overlooking the Motueka River and surrounding mountains. Each room can be configured with a king bed or two twins to accommodate a variety of group preferences. Complete with a library, a billiards table, and the “Matai Bar,” guests have the ideal setting to relax after an exciting day of fly fishing or exploring the numerous sites and attractions of the region. The upper landing area above the dining room provides a quiet secluded place to tie flies or read a good book.
This region of New Zealand is graced with incredible mountains, crystal clear waters, and large wild trout. On a typical day, skilled anglers have a realistic chance of catching 2-3 large fish. Each fish will likely present enough challenge to make it interesting, but this type of fishing requires a bit of patience and persistence on the angler’s part. Trout fishing in New Zealand is often a game of finding fish, which calls for some hiking: don’t be surprised if you walk a ¼ mile between fish. Once you find a fish, you only get a few casts to try and entice them to take your fly. It is this challenge that most skilled anglers truly enjoy, and what makes fly fishing in New Zealand truly unique. Heli-fishing is popular in New Zealand and allows anglers to reach more remote headwaters where the larger trout often reside. It is also a great way to see the spectacular landscape. We encourage you to consider at least one day of heli-fishing during your stay at Stonefly Lodge. It can be booked on-site in consultation with your guide, and the rates vary depending on the destination and size of your party. All fly-fishing guides at Stonefly Lodge are members of the NZ Professional Guides Association and are hand-selected for their vast experience on the local waters, ability to stalk and spot trout, and individual personality.
Maximum of 8.
Any skill level is welcome.
Activities are offered to match all fitness levels.
Children 16 and older are permitted.
A large open kitchen adjoining the dining area offers a relaxed atmosphere for sharing meals. The menu is designed by an international chef and integrates seasonally fresh produce from the extensive garden with homegrown produce, local quality meats, and fresh seasonal seafood.
December is the beginning of summer in New Zealand, so you can expect temperatures from the mid 50s to 70s. There is always the possibility of rain, but the weather typically starts to stabilize this time of year with consistently sunny days and cool nights.
Anglers should plan to bring their own waders and rubbed-soled boots, as well as a 9 foot 5-wt. rod with weight-forward floating line. Additional detail on flies, leaders, and other essentials will be provided in the packing list.
A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking. Some essential items to bring are:
Stonefly Lodge’s location makes it the starting point to explore Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, and Kahurangi National Parks, as well as the wineries and the renowned craft studios of the Nelson region. Non-anglers can enjoy guided hikes, boat tours, sea kayaking, and horseback riding, just to name a few. Guests can also visit the farm on the Stonefly property to help pick fresh produce for the kitchen, or enjoy a massage in the privacy of their room. Non-angling activities can be arranged upon arrival.
Nelson Airport (NSN) is the closest airport to the lodge, just a 50-minute drive. Transfers can be arranged.