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Stonefly Lodge

Stonefly Lodge

Stonefly Lodge is ideally situated on the banks of the Motueka River between its confluence with the Wangapeka and the Baton River, allowing guests immediate access to some of the best fishing waters in the district.

Stonefly Lodge offers the complete package for any fly fishing enthusiast, providing expert guiding and instruction while staying in a fully-hosted boutique lodge. The lodge recently featured in the international fly fishing magazine Fly Rod and Reel. Read the article here

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


Stonefly Lodge
3254 Motueka Valley Highway

Wakefield 7096

Contact details

Phone: +64 3 522 4479
Fax: +64 3 522 4479

Email: info@stoneflylodge.co.nz

Web: www.stoneflylodge.co.nz

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.

The fishing

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 available. 

Riverside angler

Fishing waters

Local waters

Motueka River

Wangapeka River

Baton River
Riwaka River
Motupiko River
Upper Wairau

Nelson Lakes

D'Urville River
Travers River

Around Murchison

Buller River
Owen River


Karamea River

Aorere River
Goulter River

Crow River

Mohikinui River
Waingaro and Branch

Video clips

Flyfishing with Stonefly Lodge

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Heli fishing with Stonefly Lodge

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The Lodge

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 seafood.
  • Special diets are catered for

Lounge / sunroom

Guided fishing options

Local fishing

Immediate access to the Motueka River, the Wangapeka River and the Baton River some of the best fishing waters in the district.

Further afield

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).

Fishing gear 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
Special deals

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
indicative tariffs
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:
- Accommodation
- 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

Guided fishing

$750 per day (GST inclusive)
Maximum 2 anglers per guide.

Heli fishing

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.

Bookings A 25% deposit is required to confirm bookings. Full payment is required 30 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation policy

A cancellation fee is payable if you need to cancel:

  • Within 90 days of arrival: 25% cancellation fee
  • Within 60 days of arrival: 50% cancellation fee
  • Within 30 days of arrival: 100% cancellation fee
It is strongly recommended that you obtain travel insurance that covers cancellation fees.


Wangapeka River

Travers River

D'Urville River






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