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.
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.