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“Fabulous fly fishing experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Stonefly Lodge
3256 Motueka Valley Highway | Abel Tasman, Motueka 7096, New Zealand   |  
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Fabulous fly fishing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

It is difficult to say what the best features are of Stonefly because they excel in so many areas. Our trip was a fly fishing trip and we were not disappointed by any stretch but the place would enthral any visitors. However the wonderful hospitality and incredible culinary delights exceeded our expectations by a good margin . I cannot overstate this as we are regular visitors of the fine dining restaurants in Melbourne and overseas and Stonefly Lodge deserves at least one Michelin star, if not two. The lodge is situated on the side of a stunning valley overlooking the magnificent Motueka River.The accommodation was first class with an ecological design that did not impact in any way on the 5 star service and comfort. Congratulations John & Kate .... and looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: All have fabulous views.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

There a holidays... and then there are HOLIDAYS... Our stay at Stonefly was just one of those holidays that we wish could have continued for much longer. The lodge itself, the surroundings, unbelievable (and challenging) fishing, exquisite food, first-class service in all respects and fantastic company, will be etched in our memories for a very, very long time.

I can't recall many other places in the world that I've been, that have exceeded my expectations and made me feel so welcome and relaxed.

Rather than repeat many of the other positive comments on this site about Stonefly Lodge, all I can say is .... 'You have to experience it to believe it....'

Room Tip: All rooms have stunning views of the mountains and river.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paget Parish, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Stonefly Lodge is a great addition to the New Zealand fishing lodge community. It is superb in every way. The lodge was built with great care and attention to detail , with guest comfort upmost in their planning. The lodge is in a beautiful part of the South Island, but alone in the Nelson area for its level of service and style. John and Kate are wonderful hosts, and Brenda a treasure. It is a true fishing lodge experience with superb style.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the river and have lovely balconies, making them absolutely equal.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We had very high expectations, and Stonefly Lodge far exceeded every single one. The lodge is beautiful, planned and built with care and great attention to detail. The setting is amazing and breathtaking; the personalised, warm, friendly service from Kate, John and Brenda is wonderful and the food provided by Kate rates up there with the best restaurants we have ever experienced. In fact we tried to pick our favourite dishes from our stay, and we just couldn't. The fishing guides are great, even with complete beginners like us. We can't fault this place.

Room Tip: There are only four rooms - all equally perfect
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

John and Kate are fantastic hosts who will stop at nothing to make your stay an enjoyable one. The rooms are clean and cozy and the warm wooden tones will have you dreaming of reeling in large brown trout from the Motueka River. What impressed me most about Stonefly was the incredible attention to detail; John and Kate have designed a lodge that is not only eco-friendly but stunningly beautiful. I have no doubt that as the lodge settles into its surroundings it will become world-renown for its charm, cuisine, calm and character (and the fishing, of course!).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Stonefly lodge is 6 star. Just superb. The hosts John and Kate could not have been nicer. Kates cooking was top class. We wanted for nothing. However, the trip was almost ruined by the booking agent we used. This was BestFlights.com.au. They made a mistake with my name and then refused to help fix the problem. They only answer their phones between 0830 and 1730 which is really helpful if you nead assistance outside these times. Avoid the agency like the plague!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

My husband and I return again and again to this outstanding lodge. Even if you don't fish, there is so much to do and see in the immediate area. Kate and John are wonderful hosts. We experienced our "best ever day" of brown trout fishing during our Nov '11 stay. We always meet fun people - some we meet up with every year. The food is outstanding - 5 star. The best raspberry souffle I have ever tasted! We plan to return again next fishing season.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3256 Motueka Valley Highway | Abel Tasman, Motueka 7096, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Motueka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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Stonefly Lodge Motueka, New Zealand - Nelson-Tasman

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