Stonefly Lodge, South Island

Enjoy immediate access to some of the best fly fishing waters in New Zealand.

Stonefly Lodge, South Island


New Zealand's Stonefly Lodge combines world-class fly fishing with luxury accommodation and fine cuisine. Stonefly Lodge is one of only a few fly-fishing lodges that have been accredited with the "Luxury Lodges of New Zealand" membership.

The Fly Fishing

This region receives more sunlight than any other part of New Zealand and is graced with incredible mountains and crystal clear waters flowing through numerous rivers and streams inhabited by wild trout. This combination of pleasant weather, scenery, and trout fishing opportunities has made this part of New Zealand a favorite with knowledgeable anglers, many of whom visit annually.

On a typical day, skilled anglers have a realistic chance of catching two to three fish, averaging four to seven pounds. 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 the fish and this sometimes calls for some hiking. Blind fishing is not common, or productive, in New Zealand, and with fish that average much larger than fish in the US, it is sometimes necessary to cover some water in order to find them. Don't be surprised if you walk ¼ mile between fish, or if once you find a fish, you get only 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 areas where the larger trout often reside. In New Zealand, unlike the US, larger fish are often found in the headwaters of rivers and streams. The farther upstream you go, usually the bigger the fish get. Since most headwaters are in remote regions with very limited access, a helicopter is usually the best way to reach the larger fish. It is also a wonderful way to see the spectacular scenery of the area. We encourage you to consider at least one day of heli-fishing during your stay at Stonefly Lodge. Heli-fishing is best booked on-site, in consultation with your guide, and the rates vary depending on the destination and size of your party. The helicopter departs from the lodge's private helipad and flights can be arranged on short notice. Many anglers say the flight alone and the spectacular scenery is worth the trip.

Stonefly lodge stocks a full range of waders, boots, rods, and reels for guest use. Your guide will have all the flies required for the fishing days.

All of the fly-fishing guides at Stonefly Lodge are members of the NZ Professional Guides Association and are hand selected for their vast experience of the local waters, ability to stalk and spot trout, and individual personality.


Architecturally designed and engineered, the Lodge is built from natural stone and timber acquired from the 350 acre property. Stonefly Lodge is designed to meet the needs of the most discerning traveler and yet provide home comforts with personalized hospitality from the experienced hosts.

This multi-award winning lodge has been recognized for excellence in its environmental sensitive development and environmental sustainability. The total complex is powered by alternative energy sources built on-site to reduce the project's environmental footprint.

The Lodge interior focuses on the large stone double sided fireplace which provides the ambiance to the games room, dining room and sunroom. A large open kitchen adjoining the dining area offers the relaxed atmosphere where guest dine together, or private dining opportunities can also be catered for. Breakfasts can be served on the guest room private balcony. The cuisine is made fresh from the extensive garden with home made produce, local quality meats and fresh seasonal seafood. Special diets are easily catered for.

Complete with library, a snooker table, and the "Matai Bar", guests will have the ideal setting to relax after an exciting days fly fishing or after exploring the numerous sites and attractions of the local region. Four guest rooms are located upstairs complete with ensuites, heated towel rails, and private balconies overlooking the Motueka River and surrounding mountains.

The upper landing area above the dining room provides a quiet secluded place to utilize our fly tying area and guest computer or just indulge in a game of chess or relax with a good book, before retiring to your accommodation.

The lodge has been designed for entertainment and will be an ideal "sole use" facility for groups up to eight.

Food & Drink

Our focus in the evening is on the cuisine. Guests dine together at the large guest table, central to the ground floor and faces the open plan kitchen and central fire place.

We provide a selection of canapes with complimentary drinks in the lounge / bar area usually around 7pm, followed by a 4 course gourmet dinner each night. The menu changes each night with the chefs catering for all the guests specific dietary requirements and preferences. Breakfast is a combination of continental and a full cooked to order country breakfast. Lunch is provided for the fisherman by way of a pack lunch carried by the guide, and enjoyed on the side of the river between fishing holes.

The lodge has it's own glass houses and provides a good proportion of the fruit and vegetables from our extensive gardens. Our head chef has extensive international experience, having worked in London, New York, Sydney and New Zealand. His focus is on fresh, natural products sourced locally, and all the breads, pasta, pastries, sorbets, and ice creams are made on site.

Our wine list boast fine wines from New Zealand and around the world.



Peak season: 15th December to 14th March
Shoulder season: 1st October to 14th December, 15th March to 30th April


Predominantly large wild brown trout, with one river that is accessible by Helicopter has a good quantity of Rainbow trout.


Stonefly Lodge is centrally located between Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park covering the north-west corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Both parks are world renown for holding large wild brown trout and offering both spectacular scenery and unbelievable fly fishing experiences.

The wide choice of rivers available from Stonefly Fishing Lodge enables guests to experience relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers to more adventurous back country streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness. The location also allows a wide choice of rivers from different catchment systems enabling the fly fishing guides to pick the most appropriate fly fishing destination according to the anglers experience, current weather patterns, and various river flow rates at a particular time of year.

The lodge sits on the banks of the mighty Motueka river between the confluence of Wangapeka River and the Baton river allowing guests to access spectacular fly fishing close by many other streams.

Nelson Lakes
Nelson Lakes consists of 250,000 acres of wilderness and is mainly a no fly zone so 4WD is the main method of access however some really exciting backcountry rivers are accessible by boat across the lakes.

Kauhurangi National Park This national park consists of 1 million acres of wild pristine wilderness, literally packed with backcountry rivers and streams only accessible by a three-day hike or helicopter fly in from our helipad at Stonefly Lodge which is the closest helipad to this region.

Detailed river list at:

Typical Weather:

The lodge is open from 1st October to 30th April each year. October and November are our Spring months with average expected temperature to be 18 degrees C, or 63 degrees F. Mid December to mid March is considered our summer with average daily temperature expected to be 26 degrees C, or 76 degrees F. April (fall) has an average temperature of 18 degrees C, or 63 degrees F. Our heaviest rainfall often occurs in early spring, (August & September), each year.


Rates start from: NZ$620 p/p per night
You can find all pricing information at:

What is Provided:

Our accommodation rates at Stonefly Lodge are inclusive of: Luxury Accommodation, full cooked country breakfast, pre dinner drinks with canapes, and a 4 course gourmet dinner. Our guided fishing rates include: a professional guide, 4WD transfers to the rivers and streams, a pack lunch, and use of all lodge fishing gear, (waders , boots, Helios 3 rods and ORVIS Reels).

Transfers to the lodge can be arranged but are not included in the rates.

Gear Recommendations:

Stonefly Lodge provides all the gear for fly fishing , however for guests wanting to use their own gear we suggest:

Rods 5 -6 weight, 8ft 6' to 9ft.

Reels Reels should hold 100 metres plus of backing and have a good drag system.

Fly Line Floating line to suit the rod weight, with double taper or weight forward most suitable. We recommend the use of dull natural colours such as olive, green or grey. Leaders Should be 9ft to 14ft tapered down to 10lb (3X), tippets would vary from 6lb to 2lb (5X) depending on the water being fished.

Waders Good quality breathable waders.

Boots Studded rubber soles rather than felt soles are now required on New Zealand waters.

Vest We recommend vests with natural or camouflage colours as with any other type of clothing.

Flies Your fly fishing guide will provide advice on which fly to use on each occasion, and flies will be available from the Lodge. Please contact us for our extensive fact sheet on flies, (sizes and colours) for this region. The Lodge has anextensive fly tying station for guests who would like to tie their own special flies.

What to Bring:

Misc: Polaroid glasses, insect repellent, wide brim hat, raincoat, sunblock cream, and a camera to capture the unforgettable moments.

The lodge stocks logo-ed ORVIS guide shirts, and we provide complimentary fishing caps.


All our guided fishing is catch and release. Free wifi within the Lodge Parking space available for guests Guests may stroll down to the river in front of the Lodge for a chance at catching a trout.

Additional Activities:

Stonefly Lodge is located central to 3 National Parks, offering a wide selection of guided and unguided hikes and we have 28 wineries and 24 boutique art and craft studious within an hours drive of the lodge. Other activities available from the lodge are helicopter tours for Lord of the Rings sites, white water rafting , horse riding, and sea kayaking. On site we have 18 km of hiking trails within our 350 acre property, and in- room massage service for those weary bodies after a full day's activity from Stonefly Lodge.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Stonefly Lodge

Orvis Travel Inclusive Package Rates: per person, based on 2 guests sharing a room and a fly fishing guide.

Season: October – April (Closed May – September)

All rates are quoted in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy.
Rates are subject to change without notice based on international currency fluctuations.

2020-2021 Season

October 1, 2020 - December 14, 2020 (Low Season)
4 night, 3 day fishing package $2,495
7 night, 6 day fishing package $4,550
December 15, 2019 - March 14, 2021 (High Season)
4 night, 3 day fishing package $2,895
7 night, 6 day fishing package $5,195
March 15, 2021 - December 14, 2021 (Low Season)
4 night, 3 day fishing package $2,495
7 night, 6 day fishing package $4,550

Ground transfers from Nelson, per car, each direction:
- 1-2 guests $180 NZD
- 3-8 guests $300 NZD

  • Contact Orvis Travel for custom packages, including single occupancy. Fishing packages can be modified to include fewer days of fishing and/or other activities.
  • Helicopter fishing is booked and paid for at the lodge, no advanced notice required. Average cost of a fly-out is about US $1500 - $1700 per day.

Orvis Travel packages are based on the lodge’s published rates. Any specials or discounts offered by the lodge will be honored when you book with Orvis Travel.


Continental and cooked breakfast, lunch on fishing days, pre-dinner drinks and appetizers, four-course dinners, house beer and wine, accommodations from check-in on arrival day to check-out on departure day, guided fishing (2 anglers per guide), fishing equipment including waders, boots, rods, reels, and terminal tackle, guided fishing excursions, local taxes, wireless Internet or lodge computer access.

Not included:

Airfare to Nelson, airport transfers or rental cars, heli-fishing excursions, lunches on non-fishing days (box lunches available for purchase) guided non-angling excursions, fishing licenses, laundry service by lodge staff (available for a small charge), phone calls and items of a personal nature.


Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Seth Berger
Stonefly Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

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