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Motueka River Lodge

Motueka Lodge

Motueka River Lodge is the original 5 star Fishing Lodge in New Zealand and chose its location on the banks of the Motueka River staking its position as a leader in the region over 30 years ago - today it’s still the country’s premier Fly Fishing Lodge. Set in 35 acres on the Motueka River with magnificent mountain views it offers a peaceful retreat for fly fishers and anyone who wants the absolute best in world class style, comfort and cuisine.

Unique to Motueka River Lodge is how close it is to the regions other activities so those travelling with family members who do not share a passion for fishing, it is the ultimate choice.

Motueka River Lodge has access to the regions finest fly fishing guides and prides itself on having the best in the industry. The lodge will select a private fly fishing guide to suit each angler's needs. All guides are local and keen to share their skills and knowledge of the superb fishing in the area and are full members of the New Zealand professional Guides Association (NZPGA).

Host Angelina

SH61 (Motueka Valley Highway)



Postal address

PO Box 238


Contact details

Phone: +64 3 526 8668
Fax +64 3 526 8669
Email: enquiries@motuekalodge.com
Web: www.motuekalodge.com

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

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Motueka River Lodge is marked on the Motueka River map.

Travelling times:

Auckland to Nelson by plane: 1 hour 20 minutes

Wellington to Nelson by plane: 40 minutes

Nelson to the Lodge by car: 50 minutes


Map of location

Local fishing waters
Wilderness fishing

Reid Helicopters

For those wishing to combine adventure with their fishing, Motueka Fishing Lodge uses Reid Helicopters to access the remote wilderness rivers the region is famous for. These include the Mokihinui and the Karamea and its tributaries the Crow and Roaring Lion, which are accessible by helicopter.


Purpose built in 1985 in French provincial style to accommodate just 12 guests, the lodge is designed to harmonize with the surrounding countryside. Its sunlit verandas, large comfortable lounge, huge open fireplaces and spacious country kitchen offer guests relaxation in style and comfort.

The driveway takes you past the vineyard which produces chardonnay grapes which our wine maker Christian Le Gros lovingly turns into superb oak aged chardonnay.

Your hosts have created a peaceful haven in this beautiful valley and will personally ensure that your stay at Motueka River Lodge will be a memorable one.

Chapel Room

Accommodation features

The lodge provides:

  • A large terracotta tiled entry hall that leads to the guest lounge.
  • A spacious guest lounge with dark timber beams, a massive fireplace, comfortable sofas, corner window seats and access to a wisteria-clad verandah.
  • A kitchen with an antique Irish prep table, woodburner, benches overflow with bowls of fresh fruit, pantry filled with homemade preserves and stores and views of deer grazing against a forest backdrop.
  • Six bedrooms finished in a cob-like sand cement with private bathrooms and wonderful views of the valley.

The Motueka River Lodge has received many accolades:

  • The London Sunday Times named it as one of the seven best places in the world to stay.
  • It is included in Courvoisier’s Book of the Best covering the finest accommodation and places to visit in over 60 countries.
  • A typical comment from guests:
    "What a fantastic setting… beautiful cuisine, friendly staff and fantastic fishing, what more could you want? We will definitely be back next year!”


"Thank-You – We have had the most wonderful time and really don’t want to leave you. Watch out Huka Lodge, this place knocks the spots off them – your hospitality should become the thing of legends in NZ."

Love Nikki, Mark & Zoe

“One of my best experience in New Zealand! You will meet there some of the most amazing people you will never encounter in your life : at least I did!

"The location is beautiful and so peaceful, the stunning Motueka river just a few steps away, and the food, oh the food, so goooood! Such a perfect chef! Such a perfect place to stay! Such a lovely family to meet! I totally recommend the lodge and I strongly invite anyone to experience that special feeling about true and warm Kiwi hospitality!”



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Fishing options
  • Drive to the varied brown trout fishing waters in the area including spawning streams, mountain lakes, semi-wilderness fishing, and close to base, the rivers of the Motueka River catchment
  • Charter or share a helicopter and guide for a day of wilderness fishing for big, wild browns in spectacular surroundings second to none. Mountain View Helicopters are located only minutes away from the Lodge by air
  • For those who wish to access water that are difficult to walk to, a rafting trip can be arranged.
About your guides

With 30 years of history Motueka River Lodge has access to the regions finest fly fishing guides, and pride themselves on having the best in the industry.

They will select a fly fishing guide to suit each anglers needs - whether they are a novice just starting out, someone wishing to perfect their casting skills or an angler eager to stalk that trophy trout, they will select a fly fishing guide to make sure your day is exciting, enjoyable but most of all a truly memorable experience.

Motueka River Lodge only uses guides that are full members of the New Zealand professional Guides Association (NZPGA).

Other activities in the area
  • Arts and crafts
  • Bungy jumping
  • Tandem sky diving
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Sea kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Para sailing
  • Rock climbing
  • Walks
Bookings and payments

Phone, email or complete the online form at the Motueka River Lodge website to make a reservation:

- Reservations are secured by 25% deposit

- Full payment is required 30 days prior to arrival

- Statutory holidays incur a 25% surcharge

Arrival and departure times

The normal check-in time is 3pm. If guests arrive earlier, they are welcome to enjoy the facilities if their suite is not ready.

On the day of your departure, Motueka River Lodge requests that you vacate your suite no later than 11am. If you would like to linger on into the afternoon, they are happy to store your luggage.




Your setting showing garden and pond

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