John Gendall Fly Fishing
offers guiding services and lodge accommodation right in the Nelson
Lakes National Park, in the centre of New Zealand's most scenic
and prolific wild brown trout fisheries.
John, your guide with 25 years guiding experience in NZ has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to spotting and stalking big wild brown trout. John has fly fished all over the world and has also guided in Russia on the Ponoi River and for Westbank Anglers in Jackson Hole USA.
John's professional yet fun and relaxed attitude on the river ensures a few laughs with plenty of big trout action.
John Gendall flyfishing is pleased to also offer guided saltwater fly fishing for kingfish in the Golden Bay region.
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and the many smaller rivers and stream in the area.
John Gendall's fishing lodge is marked on the
Rotoiti map, the Black
Valley Stream map, the Upper
Buller River map and Upper
Wairau River map.
| Fishing options
- The usual style of fishing is stalking sighted
fish with floating lines using dry flies and nymphs.
- In March and April, the Wairau River hosts
a small run of salmon in the 6-19 pound range. These can be targeted
with a fly or lure.
- The Wairau River also hosts a good run of
sea trout during January and February that can make for some fantastic
- Helicopters can even be used to reach more
remote locations if you like
- All flies, tippet materials and indicators,
vehicle transport and a picnic lunch are supplied.
- It's a good idea to bring your own equipment,
but if this is not possible John can provide all tackle. See John
Gendall's website for information on what
to bring and see also What
to Take When Fly Fishing in New Zealand.
- To get the best opportunity to fish a variety
of waters, allow 2-3 days or longer if time allows.
As well as guiding on the rivers and lakes around Nelson for large brown trout, John can guide you for great saltwater fly fishing to fish for the powerful kingfish and kahawai that feed in the shallow waters.
|About your guide
John Gendall's passion for
fishing extends more than 35 years. He has been guiding for 25 yrs
in NZ and around the world from Russia to the Caribbean, the USA
and through the South Pacific. He has been featured on several television
fishing shows and in the year 2000 won the Jackson Hole One Fly
He now guides from October to May for wild brown
trout in the South Island where he has more than 10 years of experience;
while during the New Zealand winter, he heads to Wyoming, USA where
he guides for Westbank Anglers.
John describes himself as light hearted, enthusiastic
Kiwi (New Zealander) who loves fishing and enjoys spinning a few
yarns. He caters for all levels of fitness and fishing ability,
ensuring your comfort and confidence
Skills and qualifications
John's skills and qualifications include:
- More recently won Top Wyoming guide in 2011
One Fly competition
- A degree in parks recreation and tourism
- A boats master license
- Trained in first aid and CPR
- Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing
Guides Association (the NZPFGA)
One way of landing a good hard fighting salmon!
Situated in a completely private native alpine
forest, the fishing lodge is located in St Arnaud village at the
heart of the breathtaking Nelson Lakes National Park. St Arnaud
is only an hour's drive from Nelson or Blenheim.
You can choose from an independent self-catered
stay in the fishing cottage – a restaurant and café
are only a few minutes walk away – to a fully catered stay
at the lodge.
The Fishing Lodge
The well-appointed guest lodge offers spacious,
comfortable, modern accommodation. Each lodge sits on a river terrace
Valley Stream (a spawning tributary), surrounded by native bush
and framed by mountains. After a day's fishing, enjoy a glass of
wine on the deck or in front of the roaring fire.
The Cottage (Blechynden Bach)
The recently refurbished, fully self-contained
cottage sits adjacent to the lodge on a very private section. It
has a king bed, plus a fold-out double bed if required.
The lodge and cottage
as at 1 April 2018
All prices are quoted in
New Zealand dollars and include GST.
Guided fly fishing
NZ$750 (one or two anglers) per day.
Includes guide, 4x4 vehicle, lunch, all flies and tippet material.
NZ$275 per single room per
$325 per double room per night
Includes full breakfast (one or two people).
NZ$250 per single per
$275 double per night
Includes full breakfast (one or two people).
Dinners are provided on request.
$100 per person includes nibbles, main meal, dessert and a couple
of glasses of wine.
Transfers from Nelson or Blenheim: $225 each
- Payment by wire transfer, cheque/check or
- A 20% deposit is payable on booking, and
the remainder at the conclusion of your trip.
Cancellation within 60 days of booking, deposit is forfeited.
Cancellation within 30 days of booking, 50% of total is forfeited.
Cancellation within 48 hrs of booking, 100% payment
Note: Should John be able to make a suitable rebooking he will refund the deposit and / or fee.
Directions from Picton and Blenhiem
From Picton, take State Highway 1 (SH1) to Blenheim.
Turn right onto SH6. Signposts show Nelson/West
Take SH6 to Renwick, then SH63 to St Arnaud.
The lodge is situated to the right as you come
into St Arnaud.
Directions from Nelson
From Nelson, take SH6 South. Signposts show
After about a 50 minute drive from Nelson, turn
left (at Kawatiri Junction) on to SH63 and follow the signs to St
The lodge is located on the left just as you
come through St Arnaud.
Your guide, John Gendall
Your hosts; Polly and John
Transport at your door