Nelson, New Zealand
At a Glance
A luxurious lodge on the banks of the Motueka River, one of New Zealand's prime fly fishing locations
Perfect for the keen fisherman, or just those in search of peace and solitude in the wilds of the South Island
With just 4 rooms, it is a personal and relaxed experience
You are on the doorstep of the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Stonefly Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Marlborough and Nelson
An intimate and unforgettable stay, Stonefly is a luxury lodge in one of New Zealand's most idyllic regions. The four guest rooms come with everything from private en-suites to a spectacular views of the pristine wilderness that surrounds the property.
Architecturally designed and engineered, the Lodge is built from natural stone and timber acquired from the 150 acre property and has been recognised for excellence in its environmental sensitive development and environmental sustainability.
The Lodge interior focuses on the large stone double sided fireplace which provides the ambiance to the games room, dining room and sunroom. Complete with library, a snooker table, and the "Matai Bar", you have the ideal setting to relax after an exciting days fly fishing or after exploring the numerous sites and attractions of the local region.
This region repeatedly records the most sunshine hours of all of New Zealand, combined with the crystal clear waters and dozens of rivers and streams to choose from, the guided fly fishing experience offered from Stonefly Fishing Lodge can be most memorable. Average catch size of brown trout in this region is approx 4lb-5lb, with catches of 8lb plus quite common and the chance of a trophy 10lb brown trout may only be a cast away.
The wide choice of rivers available from Stonefly Lodge enables you 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 various flow rates at a particular time of year.
Your hosts, John and Kate Kerr, enjoy sharing their dream lodge with visitors wanting professional, personalized service and the ability to explore and experience a very special part of New Zealand.
Four guest rooms are located upstairs complete with en-suites, heated towel rails, and private balconies overlooking the Motueka River and surrounding mountains. Fine linen sheets, top quality duvets, hand crafted furniture, local New Zealand art, all add to the ambiance of the spectacular wilderness setting.
Location & Directions
Nelson, New Zealand
Access by road to Stonefly Lodge from Nelson is only a 50-minute drive through the scenic Moutere Hills, home to many vineyards, orchards and country farms.
When to go
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.