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New Zealand is an extremely unique destination for American tourists for many reasons, but perhaps most notably for the post-card-like beauty of its varied natural landscapes.  New Zealand is often described as “1950’s America.”  The local people, known as “Kiwis”, are friendly and hospitable to a fault and things just move a bit more slowly in this South Pacific island nation.  Our best piece of advice: stay a while.  While the country is similar in size to the State of Colorado, there is incredible diversity in country and climate between the two islands.  The North Island is slightly volcanic, with rolling green hills and beautiful beaches in the north whereas the South Island is described as a more rugged beauty with glaciers, fiords, lakes, rivers, and of course, the dramatic Southern Alps.  Summer under the Southern Cross spans from November to April and each month presents new and different opportunities and challenges to anglers who travel here to experience New Zealand's legendary backcountry fisheries. 
New Zealand is one of the finest destinations for targeting sighted trophy brown trout with nymphs and dries.  The average size of an NZ brown trout is between four and seven pounds, but there are very few places on earth where hooking a double-digit, shovel-head brownie is a real possibility.  While the fishing is a major attraction in New Zealand, we full-heartedly encourage all visitors to New Zealand to do more than just fish; indeed, few people ever travel there without also checking out some of the scenic places, hiking some of the unbelievable tramps or experiencing the rich viticulture that the country’s plentiful wine regions have to offer.  Now is undoubtedly the time to finally check New Zealand off your bucket list.

North Island

Flyfishing on the North Island can be extremely productive for a number of reasons, but specifically because it hosts robust populations of rainbow trout who will feed freely in riffles in pools, making this a great place for less experienced trout anglers to get their first taste of flyfishing in New Zealand. But for serious, veteran anglers seeking trophy rainbows and browns, the North Island will not disappoint. But between the North Island’s geothermal attractions, pristine beaches, verdant green countryside, the fishing is just the icing on the cake.

Located on the North Island, Poronui is a quintessential backcountry property that embodies what it means to “go bush” in the stunning wilderness of New Zealand.

Steeped in a rich heritage of fly-fishing, Tongariro Lodge has been around for decades and has been a favorite destination among devoted anglers, former presidents, and even royalty.


South Island

The South Island of New Zealand is considered by many to contain the best trophy brown trout fisheries in the world—but these fish don’t grow big without growing wise as well. Therefore, flyfishing on the South Island is an experience that is best suited for anglers who are prepared to make accurate and delicate casts to individual fish that have been spotted in the gin-clear rivers. While the South Island is more of a quality vs. quantity fishery, it’s hard to have a bad day on the water when you are surrounded by some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery on Planet Earth!

One thing that sets Cedar Lodge apart from other fishing lodges in New Zealand is the fact that it is the only owner-operated heli-fishing lodge on the South Island, which means they can offer the heli-fishing experience at a fraction of the cost.

With its enormous beams of Douglas fir, the magnificent timber architecture of this South Island fishing outpost is reminiscent of a classic North American fishing lodge but with all the internal charm that a luxury New Zealand lodge can offer.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge combines the very best of super-luxury and rustic comfort and is found at the head of a beautiful glacial valley in the mountains (but you can only reach this veritable Shangri La in a helicopter).

Nestled in the Owen Valley in the Nelson Lakes district of the South Island is a place where fishing has been religion since 1948.  Disciples of trout fishing travel to this fishing Mecca year after year for the chance to catch one of the elusive brown trout that populate the local rivers.

If you’ve ever seen a photo of a New Zealand brown trout of jaw-dropping proportions, there is a good chance it may have come from this part of the South Island.

When most people reflect on their time at Stonefly Lodge, they think about the outstanding fishing on many different rivers in many stunning locales as well as the intimate aura of the handsome lodge.

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