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River Haven Lodge

River Haven on the Mangles River offers anglers and their partners something truly special and unique: luxury log cabins with stunning river views and some of the best brown trout fishing at your front door plus very experienced fishing guide Scott Murray (“The Trout”) as your host. Expansive mountain scenery, peace and tranquillity surrround you and numerous adventures await you.


Leya & Scott "The Trout" Murray


RD 3, Longford


New Zealand 7007

Contact details

Phone: +64 3 523 9722

Email for lodge: riverhavenlodge@xtra.co.nz

Email for guides: lockdrum@vodafone.co.nz

Web: www.riverhaven.co.nz

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

Local fishing waters

Mangles River

Buller River

Matiri River

Matakitaki River

Maruia River

D'Urville River

Sabine River

and heli-fishing on the:

Karamea River

Mokihinui River

Crow River


River Haven Lodge is marked on the Mangles, upper Buller and Matiri and Maruia River maps.


Situated next to Kahurangi National Park and only three minutes drive from the township of Murchison, River Haven Lodge is centrally located in the “Top of the South Island”, providing an unforgettable place to relax and unwind.

With views of Mt Olympus & Mt Owen (filming location for Lord of the Rings) the Lodge is in a peaceful location where you will awaken to the birds and the soothing sounds of the Mangles River.

Accommodation features

The lodge provides you with your own luxurious log cabin each of which provides:

  • A full kitchen, including microwave, stove, refrigerator, and all cooking utensils.
  • The highest quality beds, complimented with Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforters and pure cotton quilts
  • Air conditioning and heating with double glazed windows
  • A 32” flat screen TV with Sky movies
  • An HRV, “Heat Recovery Ventilation” system that replaces the air in the room with clean filtered air four times every hour
  • The best drinking water you’ve ever tasted
  • An individual laptop with high speed internet
  • A bathroom with heated towel bars, the softest cotton towels and demisters in the over-sized bath mirrors
  • 360 degree verandas with antler hooks for your waders, wet jackets and a boot rack to dry your boots
Lodge facilities

The lodge is a place to meet with fellow anglers and offers

  • Full service dining with home-style New Zealand cuisine
  • A range of beers, New Zealand wines and cocktails at the bar
  • Beautiful gardens that lead down to the peaceful Mangles River
  • A shop where you can stock up on gear and provisions.
Guided fishing options

Cover shot on Fly Fisherman
(Feb. 2004)

Scott Murray, better known as “The Trout” has become famous in his own right as a renowned fishing guide. He led one of New Zealand’s most brilliant teams of fishing guides for over 10 years and now leads his own team at River Haven Lodge. With over forty years of fishing behind him, and eighteen of those as a guide around the top of the South Island, his experience and knowledge are beyond measure.
About your guide

Scott's total focus is to provide you with a positive angling experience.

Scott has fished in Russia and Tasmania, as well as Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Idaho in the United States, giving him a diverse knowledge of various fisheries. The Trout has been featured on two ESPN shows across the USA, Fly Fisherman and Rod & Reel (April ’06). He has fished with several celebrity anglers such as Michael Keaton of Batman and Gary Anderson, the top scoring goal kicker for NFL in America.

Scott is experienced in sighting brown trout, as though he had a type of radar connection with the fish themselves! Tying his own flies to match the exact insect stage gives you more of an edge. This is where Scott comes in and his 80% return client base speaks for itself.

Fishing options

From fishing outside your cabin door to remote back country wilderness fishing, Scott can put you onto the fishing to suit your fitness and skill levels..

Some stream beds and banks are rocky and can be physically demanding, requiring longer hikes and some manoeuvring over heavy boulders (especially with heli fishing). There are other areas that are very easy to walk and offer great fishing. Be sure to let Scott know how much walking you would like to do.

Heli Fishing Few others know the back rivers that you can access by helicopter than Scott. He tends to guide the helicopter pilot to those “special places” he has scouted out over the years to give his clients an unforgettable day on the river.
indicative tariffs
as at 1 May 2014

Tariffs are as follows:


Riverfront log cabin all inclusive rate:

  • 1 guest $510NZD/night
  • 2 guests $730NZD/night

 “All Inclusive” includes: Full breakfast in the lodge, picnic lunch on the river, bar food upon returning to the lodge, three course dinner in the lodge and complimentary house wine and beer!”

Matakitaki ensuite in the lodge (available October 2014) will accommodate one or two anglers. It has two queen beds, a bathroom with spa tub, separate toilet and it’s own entrance. 

Matakitaki ensuite rates are:

  • $500NZD/night for two guests
  • $350NZD/night for one guest. 

Transfers for Nelson airport to lodge and return $225NZD for one or two guests, then $100NZD for each additional passenger.

Guided fly fishing:
indicative prices as at 1 July 2010

River Haven Lodge's guiding prices:

  • Full day NZ$795 (GST inc)for one or two anglers

Please enquire about prices for heli fishing.


You can secure your reservation by providing a 25% deposit. To make a booking:

  • Phone +64 3 523 9722
  • Or email Leya or Scott at River Haven Lodge
Payment methods The lodge accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard.
Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel

  • If your reservation is cancelled within 60 days of arrival there will be a charge of 25% for the accommodation
  • Within 30 days of arrival, there will be a charge of 50%
  • Within 48 hours of arrival, there will be a charge of 100%.

Should you find you need to cancel, River Haven Lodge will endeavour to re-book your cabin and if successful will refund your deposit in full.

Directions to River Haven Lodge

Directions from Nelson Airport.

From Nelson Airport, take State Highway 6 south for approximately 120 Kilometres (75 miles) until you come to Tutaki Valley Road on your left approximately 3 kms before reaching Murchison. Take the Tutaki Valley Road and you will see the cabins on your left along the river a short distance up the road.

Directions when coming from the south

3 kms past Murchison on State Highway 6, turn right into Tutaki Road and the cabins will be clearly visible on your left.

Google map

View larger map at the Google Maps website


Your hosts Leya and Scott

Your own log cabin

...and if you're lucky you could pay for your accommodation with gold panned from the local river








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