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3256 Motueka Valley Highway Abel Tasman / Nelson, Motueka 7096 New Zealand
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#3 of 19 Specialty lodging in Motueka
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Stonefly Lodge is situated on 150 acres of private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, only 50 minutes drive from Nelson. Built from local stone and timber the lodge is centrally located between 3 National Parks offering the complete package for the fly fishing enthusiast or a wide variety of spectacular tours from hiking, wine tasting, kayaking and exploring the many art and craft studios in the region.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Game room
Airport transportation
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Baggage storage
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Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Hiking
Horseback riding
Billiards
Fishing
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Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Desk
Fireplace
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iPod docking station
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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3256 Motueka Valley Highway Abel Tasman / Nelson, Motueka 7096 New Zealand
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Cmaj wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
Thanks John and Kate for making our weekend with you so enjoyable and relaxing! We had an amazing time and felt so welcome and at home at Stonefly lodge. You are wonderful hosts and are the custodians of a beautiful corner of our country.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Denis M wrote a review Feb 2020
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My friend Martin and I stayed at Stonefly for 5 days in January 2020. The litany of five star reviews below are very well founded. As someone with a background at the very top of the service industry, I am only too well aware that excellence does not come about by accident. No detail was left unchecked and all this in a quite jaw dropping setting. Food? If I were sitting in any Michelin starred restaurant anywhere worldwide, I would have been delighted with what was put in front of me.... Three triple A chefs who worked hard to produce food of the very highest order. Super, super nice staff across the board...and owners John and Kate who oversaw all marvellously. Faultless. Best wishes guys...from Denis Mann here in daily London!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Sandy e wrote a review Feb 2020
Port Clinton, Ohio8 contributions1 helpful vote
We arrived and was greeted by Kate. My jaw was not up off the floor for awhile. The rooms are breath taking. The view was everything that we looked forward to. John we met later at cocktails with the other guests. What a place. The food oh my the chefs out do themselves constantly Even for me being gluten free. They set up fly fishing for us the next morning with Richard. What a patient man we learned so much. The finally day of fly fishing we helicop out. What a day. 10 fish total. Richard you are great. JOHN and KATE keep going we will remember this for ever.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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MSmith wrote a review Dec 2019
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I had the profound privilege to travel this month for the first time to New Zealand's Stonefly Lodge for seven December days of fly fishing before Christmas. Simply put, my trip was nothing short of spectacular and surpassed my high expectations in nearly every area. The highlights were many. I experienced epic fly fishing for monster browns, most on nymphs but including several on small dries, despite high water and less than ideal conditions. I returned every afternoon to this extraordinary lodge, comfortable and beautiful, and received unexpectedly mind-blowing multi-course, memorable, gourmet meals every night, highlighting local meats, fish, fruit and vegetables all delivered personally by outstanding chefs. And on top of all of it, John, Kate and team wrap all of the guests in warm and wonderful hospitality. Mind blown. And did I mention the fishing? Huge browns. I caught my personal best trout on three of the first four days. I caught fish every day. Big, bruising, beautiful browns. Yes, you work for them. The fishing can be technical, casting super long, light leaders and small flies at seemingly small target areas, at times battling the wind and your nerves as you approach wary trout. You may walk miles. You will lose some battles. But when it all comes together, it is New Zealand at its finest... Fish seemingly from another planet, hooked in an unforgettable setting, tight to your line, and forming memories for a lifetime. Don't miss Stonefly. Of course, there are many ways to experience NZ, including DIY, but when you want the best -- wonderful comfort, care, hospitality, and cuisine -- go here!. Pictures show it best. Here are a few of mine!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Jan H wrote a review Dec 2019
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This lodge was everything we had hoped for ... beautiful setting and amazing experiences. The hosts, John and Kate, were superb! This was truly a unique experience ... we felt so pampered, yet so "at home" with the lodge. The hosts made us feel like family -- we hiked their property, played with Kinsey (the family dog), visited with the alpaca, and dined with John and Kate. The lodge also has incredible chefs, serving amazing meals at both breakfast and dinner. The lodge paired us with a perfect fly-fishing guide ... great patience, awesome stories and a fun sense of humor ... plus, he was determined to find us the best fishing spots!! A boat trip in Abel Tasman was our second great activity - the sights were incredible! Loved everything about Stonefly and hope to return again.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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TheDreamMakerNZ wrote a review Sep 2019
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand42 contributions5 helpful votes
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I recently was involved in a group who used stonefly Lodge for an elopement/micro wedding photo shoot to promote the diversity of the region for such an event. Stonefly Lodge is really a fly fishing lodge but certainly has the potential for small boutique events. With adventure weddings becoming the thing, why not combine the experience with fly fishing? The hand built lodge by its owners john and Kate is immaculate, the grounds stunning from rough native bush to beautifully manicured gardens. We were treated so well by their team Jason and Jess and fed extremely well by their chef Micheal. we want to thank you for all your attention to detail, looking after us so well and allowing us to capture just a sample of what you have to offer. We are excited to return in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: All rooms have stunning views, I can't fault any of them.
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markkemp9 wrote a review Apr 2019
Stockbridge, United Kingdom3 contributions
I’ve stayed at Stonefly Lodge in 2018 and 2019 and will be returning again in 2020 Kate and John run a beautiful lodge with fantastic rooms - 5* breakfast and evening meals Trout fishing is superb with amazing rivers and highly knowledgable guides with easy access to rivers by 4x4 or heli pick up I cannot recommend Stonefly enough
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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pgs wrote a review Apr 2019
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The scene was set for something special the moment we arrived at Stonefly Lodge. We were greeted by trout surface feeding in the Motueka River & Kenzi the Golden Retriever alerting our wonderful hosts John & Kate of our arrival. Friendly hospitality, superb accomodation & fine dining. Aaron Ford local fishing guide extraordinaire was the icing on the cake. We caught trophy fish in the most remote & beautiful locations with humour & amazing knowledge thrown in. What a gun! Peter, Diana & Karsten AUSTRALIA
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Rooms best suited for couples
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ncg2018 wrote a review Feb 2019
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Positives: Helicopter fishing was incredible. Very expensive but worth the price for at least one day. A must experience for any traveling fisherman. Dinner each night was great. The chef’s did a fantastic job preparing the food. My guide, Jim, was fabulous. Negatives: Fishing around the property. Conditions were rainy but sizable fish are located more in the National Parks. If you are trying to save money, I would stay around the Nelson area with a guiding company. Spring beds: Coils made for uneven body support. Terrible back support. Unorganized: - Owner didn’t warn us prior that guides are contracted outside of Stonefly. Typical experiences I’ve had around the world (Argentina, Canada, Wyoming, Alaska, Colorado) is that guides are apart of lodge. Guides are contracted like a 1099 employee in the states. We booked a year out thinking we had guided fishing every day. Luckily, we found a guide the night before. - My wife was pregnant and wasn’t fishing. We asked for a ride into Nelson to show her around town. We were charged $650 on the last day for an “Arts and Crafts” tour even though no tickets or food were provided. My wife even picked up lunch for the driver. To put that in perspective, a Milford Sound tour including a plane ride from Queenstown, included lunch and 2 hours cruise cost $400/person. - Waders came with a broken water proof zipper. I fell in the river causing water damage in my phone (partially my fault but wouldn’t have happened with new/adequate waders). - Owner’s wife kept taking away Betadine unannounced that I needed for my heavily cut/infected foot. This was important given we were in wet waders all day. I was told later the brown Betadine was staining the sheets; however, an alternative like Neosporen wasn’t provided or an explanation of why the Betadine was being taken away. - Served unpasteurized Hallooumi cheese two nights to my pregnant wife. - Charged for drinks even though the contract stated “Accomodation costs include: daily cooked breakfast, pre dinner drinks with canape’s, a four course gourmet dinner with house wine and beer.” I never had more than two beers at dinner and my wife wasn’t drinking. This charge was later retracted weeks later by the owner. Overall Thoughts: New Zealand has incredible access to fishing that is far different than anything I’ve experienced around the world. I’ll always remember the Helicopter ride and fishing with Jim. If you have unlimited money and don't mind spring beds, I would stay here as it’s plug in play. If you’re on a budget or looking to save money, I would stay around the area and contract with a local helicopter company/guides. I’ve had friends use Latitude Guiding and stay in town for a similar experience for far less the price. Contracting with helicopter companies is fairly simple if you want to go that route and stay in town. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from jk55, Owner at Stonefly Lodge
Responded 25 Mar 2019
Hi Nelson, I have spent time reviewing all the 53 emails pertinent to your booking prior to your arrival at Stonefly Lodge and the 20 emails post your arrival so that I can correctly respond. It is disappointing that you suggest you thought you had booked a fishing guide for every day when in fact all you booked was accommodation, not a fly fishing package. I have previously sent you evidence that on 4 occasions I prompted you in writing to pre-book any guided fishing and in one of your emails you asked me to reconfirm that the price you paid was not including any fishing? On a more recent email after your stay you confided that you had a friend in Nelson who is a fishing guide and you had tried to book his guiding service. I can only assume you got confused as to who was to guide for you. On arrival at Stonefly Lodge, once we realised you wanted a fishing guide we arranged one of our guides so you had guided fishing every day of your stay. We also arranged heli-fishing which you mentioned: quote: “The heli fishing experience was incredible and one that I will remember forever”. In regards to our fishing guide service: In New Zealand the vast majority of Fishing Lodges and especially in the South Island (if not all) use contract guides as the seasons are so short. All our guides are members of the Professional Guides Association of NZ. Whether the guides are contract or live onsite, or live nearby at their home makes no difference to the fact that they must be booked in advance. The majority of our guides have worked for us since opening 10 years ago and some have 25yrs experience as guides. We are very proud of our team of professional guides. The personalised arts and craft tour is independently run and their charges are fixed. They also charge a half day and a full day rate which is for their transport and personal guidance. It does not include lunch which can vary depending on the clients’ needs and where they want to stop. It is 150km round trip without diversions to Nelson and back. As mentioned previously you were sent a price list of all our activities including this service before confirming your stay at Stonefly. They travel further than a fishing guide would do in a day. There are 3 operators in this region that do this kind of professional private tour and all charge a very similar rate. You have received an email from the owner of that Company explaining in detail the touring on that day. We provided you with some betadine from our kitchen first aid kit on the first night, this was returned to the medical kit each morning while you were out fishing in case the kitchen staff needed it. After seriously staining 4 sheets and two quilted white duvet covers Kate (the proprietor) suggested you use an alternative cream. Possibly, in hind-site, the use of a band-aid, a sock or a towel may have been a better solution all round. In regards to the beverages, your first approach was to ask for a discount on the overall tariff because your wife was unable to have any of the free house wine with dinner due to her pregnant state. House wine is served with dinner, you were charged for some beers you had in the afternoon after fishing. I refunded this small charge in good faith as you misinterpreted our policy, even though you saw other guest charging drinks to their account. You were served fried Halloumi once, and you have since had assurances from our chefs, a letter from the manufacturer of one of the cheeses and provided with copies of the cheese wrappings to prove we do not use unpasteurised cheese at the lodge. It is unlawful in New Zealand to sell commercially any unpasteurised cheese. You were not served unpasteurised cheese. I end with a quote from one of your emails after leaving the Lodge: “The food at the lodge was fantastic, every meal, and a great aspect of the lodge. You did a great job of hosting us and were very good at getting everyone to talk and hang out at dinner. You’ve got a really special place.”
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Pam C wrote a review Jan 2019
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For our 50th Wedding Anniversary we decided to go fly fishing in New Zealand. We wanted it to be topnotch all the way and to incorporate fly fishing and a bit of luxury in a beautiful setting. We got all of that and more with our Orvis sponsored trip to Stonefly Lodge. The Lodge is a 5-star experience in service, culinary arts, and facility. The Kerrs provide a well-run, welcoming environment, eager and able to meet the needs and wants of everone in the group. The guides and gear were excellent, and the opportunity to heli-fish remote, pristine water was a bonus. We would recommend Stonefly Lodge to any of our fly fishing friends and world travellers.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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$880 - $1,059 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMotueka
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
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Top room amenities include a desk, extra long beds, and a fireplace.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Stonefly Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Stonefly Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Stonefly Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.