Three classic lodges Starting with Cedar Lodge, then to Nelson Lakes and Owen River Lodge, and finishing on the North Island at Tongariro Lodge.
Welcome to New Zealand: Upon Arrival at the Queenstown Airport you will be met by your shuttle driver who will transfer you approximately 2 hours to Cedar Lodge.
Cedar Lodge, New Zealand’s only pure helicopter fly out lodge, sits along the banks of the Makaroa River in the South Island's stunningly beautiful Makaroa Valley. The valley is surrounded by prime fly fishing territory in Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Established in 1979 by Dick and Robyn Fraser, Cedar Lodge is comprised of four rooms with views of the rugged and ever-changing south island, and a comfortable lounge and dining area where gourmet meals are served.
Three days of fully guided Heli-Fishing fishing at Cedar Lodge Lodge.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Queenstown Airport to meet your flight to Nelson. In Nelson you will be met by your shuttle driver who will drive you approximately 2 hours to Owen River Lodge.
Owen River Lodge:
Located in the greater Nelson Lakes/Murchison region at the north end of the South Island, Owen River Lodge is a stylish and cool, yet understated lodge for discerning fly fishers. From home base on sixteen acres of serene riverfront property on the Owen River, guests can easily access more than thirty rivers in the area, most of which are less than an hour’s drive from the premises. The rivers of the west coast, Murchison, Nelson and Marlborough regions are all within reach.
In addition to the comforts of the main lodge, guests enjoy private cottages with king beds, reverse cycle air conditioning, fine original artwork, and handsome wood detailing. Meals at the lodge are eclectic and superb, borrowing from Maori, Polynesian, Asian, and European traditions in a unique fusion referred to as “Pacifica Cuisine.”
Three days guided fishing at Owen River Lodge
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Nelson Airport to meet your flight to Taupo. In Taupo you will be met by your shuttle driver who will drive you approximately 45 minutes to Tongariro Lodge.
It was scarcely more than an experiment. One fateful day in late 1883, Malcolm Ross’ wife Forrest knelt along the bank of the upper Tongariro and released a small bucket of fingerlings. Back then, no one even fantasized that these tiny Sonoma Creek steelhead would produce one of the world’s most prolific rainbow fisheries. Today the Lake Taupo fishery is estimated to hold over one million fish averaging four pounds. And more remarkably, its prime tributary, the Tongariro, hosts 70 percent of the system’s annual spawning migration. It is no coincidence that legendary New Zealand outfitter and angler Tony Hayes built his lodge on the banks of this remarkable system. Even more notable is that the mighty Tongariro is just the beginning of what makes the North Island’s angling experience so spectacular. With superb heli-fishing, adventuresome backcountry angling, and over thirty fishable rivers — many of which are chock-full of large, feisty rainbows — this area yields some of New Zealand’s most impressive specimens and catch rates.
Guided fishing via 4x4 at Tongariro Lodge
Day 11 – 12:
Heli access overnight guided fly fishing from Tongariro Lodge
Raft Access guided Fly fishing from Tongariro Lodge
Depart for home / arrive home
2019 Rate: $14,200 per person for a 13 night/10 day package