Lake Rotora Lodge, New Zealand

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Lake Rotora Lodge Surrounded by the finest brown trout, Lake Rotoroa Lodge sits in the midst of what might truly be described as one of the ultimate locations in the world. It is nestled at the northern tip of New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps. Down a 7 mile country lane that winds through the Gowan River Valley lays Lake Rotoroa Lodge. This isolated and unspoiled location is surrounded by the forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park — one of three National Parks surrounding the city of Nelson (1½ hours away).  Its idyllic lakeside setting offers guests stunning views beyond Lake Rotoroa to the towering peaks of the Taverners Mt. Range. The Gowan River meets the lodge lawn, and stirs thoughts of the brown trout lying in wait for anglers just a few steps away.


Ten beautiful guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms include brass beds with cozy, warm feather quilts. The unusual décor, artwork, fixtures and fittings in each room produce a result that is both charming and comfortable in this New Zealand country home. During your stay at Lake Rotoroa Lodge you will be royally treated by a friendly and dedicated team, who ensure your needs are known and met. Your comfort and satisfaction is their goal.

A key factor in your enjoyment at Lake Rotoroa Lodge is the Dining experience. Breakfast and evening meals are served in the elegant dining room.  Lunch, (if you are at the lodge at noon) is served in the bar.  If you choose, a gourmet picnic will be prepared for your ‘away from the lodge’ adventures.                        Breakfasts include a variety of freshly prepared options for you each day: toasted muesli with fresh yoghurt, to fabulous pancakes with delicious toppings to the more traditional New Zealand cooked breakfast.  The evening meal is an opportunity for guests to come together, after an exhilarating day of fishing or adventure, and share  the beautifully presented meals of fresh meat, fish, seafood, vegetable, locally grown berries and a great deal more, with optional fine wines. The chefs constantly look for new, fresh ways to introduce New Zealand's culinary heritage, and  the result is always a uniquely kiwi in this unique and special place. There is an extensive wine cellar, which features the finest world class, New Zealand and Australian wines.

Fishing Known as the "El Dorado" of trout fishing. Lake Rororoa is a haven for the sport - sighting ,staling and casting to magnificent trout in crystal clear waters. There are thirty five rivers within an hour's drive of the Lodge and even more if you should fly out by  helicopter. The trout typically average 4 to 6 lbs with fish over 10 lbs landed by lodge guests every season. For over twenty years Lake Rotoroa Lodge has been known for bringing together international trout fishermen with some of the finest guides in New Zealand. Great effort goes into ensuring that the finest guides, who are not only excellent river craftsmen but also great companions, are made available to guests who wish to enjoy this spectacular sport. There is wading equipment as well as countless premium brand rods and reels to loan to guests who choose not to bring equipment.

Getting There


There are several activities for guests to enjoy, whether it be walking, bird watching, whitewater rafting, or visiting the numerous potteries, glass works and wood sculptors, or the famous vineyards.

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