Stonefly Lodge, NZ

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Stonefly Lodge offers beautiful views, 5 star luxury accommodations situated on the banks of the Motueka River, Stonefly Lodge is the world-class stay that you deserve when fly fishing and exploring Abel Tasman and the surrounding areas. It is set on 150 acres of exquisite, rivate forest just 50 minutes from Nelson. Nothing will compare to immersing yourself in the wilderness of the Abel Tasman and Nelson Lakes at Stonefly Lodge. Your hosts have over 50 years combined tourism and hospitality experience and enjoy sharing their dream lodge with visitors wanting professional, personalized service with the ability to explore and experience a very special part of New Zealand.


The four guest rooms boast everything from private ensuite baths to a spectacular view from private balconies overlooking the Motueka River and beyond to the Mt Arthur Range in Kahurangi National Park. There are fine linen sheets, top quality duvets, hand crafted furniture, and local New Zealand art, which all add to the ambiance of this spectacular wilderness setting. You will also find, for your convenience, writing desk, luggage storage, hairdryer, heated towel rails, and warm bath robes. All guest rooms, and the entire lodge, have wireless connection and the lodge offers an i-pad for use in the guest rooms for in-house entertainment if you choose. Each room has a super king bed that can split to two singles, allowing the lodge to accommodate 4 couples or 8 singles at a time. Relax after an enjoyable day exploring one of the National Parks and indulge in a private massage in your room by one of our local massage therapists. Breakfast can be served on the guest room private balconies or in the dining area of the lodge.  The Lodge interior is designed around the large stone double sided fireplace which provides the ambiance to the game room, dining room and sunroom. A large open kitchen adjoining the dining area offers the relaxed atmosphere where guest dine together, or private dining opportunities can also be arranged. The cuisine includes fresh from the extensive garden vegetables, local quality meats and fresh seasonal seafood. Special diets are easily handled. Completed by a library, snooker table, and the "Matai Bar", guests have the ideal setting for relaxation after a day’s fly fishing or exploring the numerous sites and attractions of the region.


Nelson, New Zealand is world renowned for its spectacular fly fishing locations. Stalking and site casting to big wild brown trout in crystal clear water is a fly fisherman’s dream come true. There is a wide choice of rivers and experienced top rated guides make the guided fly-fishing experience offered from Stonefly Fishing Lodge most memorable. Average catch size of brown trout in this region is approx 4lb-5lb, with catches of 8lb plus quite common and the opportunity of a trophy 10lb brown trout may only be a cast away. The waters around Stonefly Fishing Lodge are quite accessible and some provide easy wading and casting conditions, however it is recommended that you use a local fly fishing 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 the presence of a local, professional, fly fishing guide. On each day your guide will choose a particular river or stream to fish based on his knowledge of the current weather forecast, river levels, potential hatch conditions and clients’ fitness and level of casting skill. All fly fishing guides are members of the New Zealand professional Guides Association (NZPGA).

Getting There

Fly into Nelson. From there you may choose to rent a car and drive or be met by a member of the lodge staff and transferred to the Stonefly Lodge.

Access by road to Stonefly Lodge luxury accommodation from Nelson is only a 50 minute drive through the scenic Moutere Hills, home to many vineyards, orchards and country farms.


Use the Lodge as a base to explore a wide diversity of fly fishing waters in the region and the opportunity to experience some of the region's major National Parks (Abel Tasman, Kahurangi, and Nelson Lakes) complete with their attractions which may include: guided sea kayaking, swimming with the seals, a boat cruise, guided coastal walks. There are also winery tours, and art tours, beach time, white water rafting, horse-back riding, helicopter tours, bicycling and golf. Bring your camera!

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