Nelson, Marlborough and 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
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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.
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Situated on 150 acres of private forest, Stonefly Lodge offers the complete experience for visitors looking to experience fly fishing in New Zealand. With beautiful views, luxury accommodation and a stunning position on the banks of the Motueka River.
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 ensuites 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 environmentally 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, personalised 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.
The open kitchen is adjacent to the dining area which is were you will enjoy meal upon meal of deliciousness. There is a relaxed atmosphere in the dining room where guests dine together, or alternatively you can arrange for private dining. Breakfast can also be served on your private balcony should you wish. The dishes are creates from fresh ingredients from the lodge's garden, local quality meats and fresh seasonal seafood. Should you have any special dietary requirements, these can easily be catered for.
Apart from fly fishing, there are other activities for non-fishing enthusiasts. The lodge's location between three major National Parks and proximity to regional wineries means that there are many non-fishing activities available. Head to the coastal Abel Tasman National park for the golden sandy beaches and walking tracks that wind themselves through the forest and along the coast. You could also do some sea kayaking, swim with the seals or go on a boat cruise. The Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National park have lots of wildlife on offer, guided nature walks are the best way to make the most of this.
Golden Bay & Farewell Spit (Shared)
A visit to Golden Bay is an adventure in itself. Two of its most famous attractions are Pupu Springs and Farewell Spit.
Private Guided Hike on Queen Charlotte Track
Explore the picturesque Queen Charlotte Track on a privately guided hike from Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet, passing stunning native foliage and extensive views of the Marlborough Sounds.
Private Helicopter Charter - Abel Tasman Cruise and Scenic Heli
Discover the truly exceptional natural beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park and the rugged peaks of the Kahurangi National Park with a private cruise, 45-minute helicopter flight and lunch on the beach.
Seafood Odyssea Cruise (Shared)
Enjoy a foodie experience like no other as you set sail on the Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Sample the best of Marlborough's seafood paired with some delicious regional wine. You will cruise past a salmon farm and learn about the local fishing industry.
The Food Source - Nelson (Private)
Explore Nelson’s gourmet delights by helicopter, flying between vineyard and reef where you can try your hand at fishing, before relaxing on the beach while your personal chef prepares a delicious three-course lunch.
Location & directions
Nelson, Marlborough and 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.
How to get there
Daily flights to Nelson from the three major International Airports of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland enable easy connection to international flights. The property is 2.5km from the main sealed road with access via a riverside track to a secluded valley setting offering complete privacy for guests. Helicopter transfers can also be arranged, and take 15 minutes from Nelson Airport.