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Lake Rotoroa Lodge, South Island

Lake Rotoroa Lodge, South Island

Lake Rotoroa Lodge was built in the early 1920s, and has been lovingly restored and protected to this day.

Looking back over his twenty years at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, Bob Haswell, one of the original partners, reflected "When we established Lake Rotoroa Lodge we wanted it to be a high country luxurious retreat, with trout fishing. Back then the world was looking for escape, and New Zealand was the perfect destination. Lake Rotoroa Lodge is still the ultimate escape."

In 2000 Lake Rotoroa Lodge earned a great accolade when National Geographic Adventure magazine named it as one of the twenty-five greatest adventure destinations in the world. It also named Lake Rotoroa Lodge as one of the two finest trout fishing venues in the world.

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Seasons & Species

Main Season – October 1st to April 30th

Brown Trout, with a few rainbows.


Lake Rotoroa Lodge is renowned as lying in the heart of South Island fly fishing country, which gives them access to more fishing than any other lodge in New Zealand.

Rotoroa boast of having more than 22 rivers to choose from by car on a normal weather day and more by helicopter. This is one of their strengths as a fishing destination. It allows them to rest the waters they fish, and offers a great mix of fly fishing experiences from the more productive waters with greater catch rates to the more challenging in pursuit of the fish of a lifetime.


The ten individual guest rooms, which have en-suite bathrooms, include brass beds replete with feather quilts. Add to that some eccentricities in the décor, artworks, fixtures and fittings and the result is a charming and comfortable New Zealand country house.

All rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers and under floor heated tiles. Bathrooms have 110/240 volt shaving plugs in all, hairdryers and nightlights. Each bathroom also has a full range of bathroom products handmade locally.

One of the key ingredients of a stay in a luxury lodge is the quality of the food and wines on offer. With breakfast and dinner served in the elegant dining room and lunch (if required) served in the bar (or as a gourmet picnic for those who venture away from the lodge), the chefs delight in designing and preparing meals for small numbers of discerning guests.

Other Activities

The Nelson Lakes National Park, with its alpine environment, is just one of three National Parks that surround the city of Nelson (1½ hours away). The Abel Tasman National Park is coastal (offering some of the very finest, golden beaches in the world, together with the internationally renowned Abel Tasman Track) and New Zealand's most recently designated National Park, Kahurangi, is one of the world's great wilderness environments. There are times of the year when it really is possible to swim in the ocean in the morning and ski in the mountains in the afternoon!

Many guests just enjoy time at the lodge or out on the water with a local New Zealander - learning about the country is as much fun as catching the next fish.

Other activities available:

  • Moutere Boutique Winery Tour
  • Blenheim Winery Tour
  • Murchison Town & Around
  • Guided Hikes
  • Horse Trekking & Farm Visit
  • Nelson City Tour
  • The Wild West Coast
  • Lake Rotoroa Tour
  • Golf at Murchison Golf Club
  • Helicopter scenic flights or winery visits
  • Kayaking on the lake
  • Mountain biking
  • Maps and directions for local walks
  • White water rafting
  • Jet boating



Lake Rotoroa Lodge Rates for Season 2011/2012

Main Season Standard Rate - 1st October to 30th April

Double / Twin per person per night* NZ $ 455
Single per night* NZ $ 560
Exclusive use of Lodge (10 rooms) per night* NZ $ 5000
Exclusive use of Lodge House (4 rooms) per night* NZ $ 2500

*Minimum 2 night stay / prices subject to change 

Guided Fishing

From NZ $620 per guide per day. Guides can take one or two guests. Cost includes use of loan fishing equipment. (Does not include cost of fishing license - this can be provided at the lodge).

All rates are exclusive of GST 15%( Goods & Services Tax).

Rates include Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Additional charges apply for beverages, transfers and activities.

To get to Lake Rotoroa Lodge, transfers are arranged from Nelson airport.

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