|Awards and accolades
Stonefly Lodge is one of the most highly accredited Fly Fishing Lodges in New Zealand and is listed in the top 10 Ecolodges for Australia and New Zealand.
John and Kate Kerr
3254 Motueka Valley Highway
3 522 4479
Fax: +64 3 522 4479
Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an
enquiry or booking.
Stonefly Lodge is marked
on the Motueka
River map, the and the Baton
River map. It is 2.5km from the main sealed road with access
via a riverside track to a secluded valley setting.
Approximate driving times
From Nelson: 50 minutes
From Christchurch: 4.5 hours
From Greymouth: 3.5 hours
From Picton: 3 hours
Stonefly Lodge can arrange to meet you at Nelson
airport and transfer you to the lodge.
Centrally located between
three of New Zealand's major National Parks, Stonefly Lodge offers
access to a diversity of fly fishing in world class brown trout
rivers amid spectacular New Zealand scenery and wilderness activities.
With the aid of a helicopter, dozens more fishing locations become
Waingaro and Branch
Flyfishing with Stonefly Lodge
Heli fishing with Stonefly Lodge
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Stonefly Lodge is a
purpose-built lodge designed by anglers for anglers which opened
in October 2009.
- Designed to meet the needs of
the most discerning traveller and yet provide home comforts with
personalised hospitality from experienced hosts.
- Architecturally designed and engineered,
built from natural stone and timber and powered by alternative
energy sources built on site
- A large stone double-sided fireplace is
the centrepoint of the games room, dining room and sunroom.
- A library, a snooker table, and the bar create
an ideal setting to relax after an exciting days fly fishing
- 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 provides a quiet secluded
place where fly tying gear, a guest computer, chess set
and books are provided
- A large open kitchen adjoining the dining
area offers a relaxed atmosphere where guests dine together (catering
for private dining is also offered)
- Breakfasts can be served on the private balcony
of the guest room
- Meals are prepared using fresh home-grown
and home-made produce, local quality meats and fresh seasonal
- Special diets are catered for
|Guided fishing options
Immediate access to the Motueka River, the Wangapeka
River and the Baton River some of the best fishing waters in the
Further afield, within an hours drive, guests
can access dozens of quality fishing streams and rivers within the
Nelson Lakes and northern Murchison region.
The helicopter departs from, and returns to,
Stonefly's own helipad just in front of the Lodge on the banks of
the Motueka River. You will be dropped off in the morning and with your
guide you will walk downstream on the chosen waters to be picked
up again by the helicopter at a prearranged location. Your guide
will have all the necessary safety gear, lunch and snacks required
for the day's adventure.
Extended overnight packages
Stonefly Lodge offers two and three day wilderness
fishing excursions with a guide to some spectacular remote locations
in high country waters in the region with overnight accommodation
in DOC (Department of Conservation) huts.
All sleeping gear, safety gear and meals are
provided. Initial transport may be by road, boat or helicopter
A moderate to high level of fitness is required
for the walking and river crossings involved.
|Fly fishing guides
Stonefly Lodge recommends
using a local guide on most occasions to improve your chances of
catching the sometimes elusive and cunning brown trout. Stalking
and spotting the trout, selecting the correct fly, and then making
that perfect cast are all aided by having a guide.
Your guide will choose the rivers or streams
to fish on the basis of local knowledge of the weather conditions,
river levels, hatch conditions and your requirements. Stonefly matches
a guide to your needs, whether you want to learn the basics of the
sport or want to head into the back country for the catch of a lifetime.
All guides are local to the region with years
of experience They have been selected for their fishing expertise
and their ability to make your fishing experience enjoyable and
memorable. All guides are members of the New Zealand Professional
Guides Association (NZPGA).
||Whilst the lodge can provide fishing gear, you
are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. See the Stonefly
Lodge website for a list of recommended gear.
|Other local activities
For the non fishing person
the region offers a wide variety activities and tours:
- Hiking in the Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes
or Kahurangi National Parks
- Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park
- Wine tasting
- Exploring the area boutique arts and craft
See details of these special deals at the Stonefly Lodge website:
- Stay 5 nights, pay for 4
- Beginnner's luck: Accommodation, fly fishing tuition and guiding
- Free guide with 4th night
- 3 nights and 3 national parks
as at 1 Oct 2014
Stonefly Lodge rates are in NZ dollars and are GST inclusive. A minimum stay of two nights applies. Rates include:
- Daily breakfast
- Pre dinner canapes
- A three course dinner
Low season (15th March 2014 to 14 Dec 2014)
$550 per person per night twin/double occupancy
$750 per person per night single occupancy
High season (15th Dec 2014 to 14th March 2015)
$620 per person per night twin/double occupancy
$750 per person per night single occupancy
Sole use of lodge
$4960 per day in high season
$4400 per day in low season
Road transfers from Nelson Airport (50 minutes):
$250 per couple one way (GST inclusive).
Helicopter transfers from Nelson Airport to the on-site helipad (15 minutes) depend on the number of passengers and luggage. Please enquire for a quote.
|Guided fly fishing:
indicative prices as at 1 Oct 2014
$750 per day (GST inclusive)
Maximum 2 anglers per guide.
The cost of helifishing is determined by the time taken in the helicopter to the remote site and the number of people on each flight. Please enquire for a quote.
||A 25% deposit is required to confirm bookings.
Full payment is required 30 days prior to arrival.
A cancellation fee is payable if you need to cancel:
It is strongly recommended that you obtain travel insurance that covers cancellation fees.
- Within 90 days of arrival: 25% cancellation fee
- Within 60 days of arrival: 50% cancellation fee
- Within 30 days of arrival: 100% cancellation fee