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Stonefly Lodge

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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)
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
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3256 Motueka Valley Highway Abel Tasman / Nelson, Motueka 7096 New Zealand
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Nelson Airport21 mi
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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:
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Response from jk55, Owner at Stonefly Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Nelson Grumney, from St Louis, USA 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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Stonefly is a stunning property with the most welcoming hosts John and Kate. We stayed for 5 days and had a life changing experience fishing the backcountry by helicopter each day, with the most amazing guides. Landing 5 and 6 pound trout was the icing on the cake being
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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
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My wife and I were fortunate to spend a night at StoneFly Lodge recently and I struggle to come up with the words that can truly reflect the splendour of this property. We were welcomed by John and Kate who are the consummate hosts. Although the weather wasn’t the greatest that
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My husband and I spend three glorious days in this beautiful lodge. The lodge itself is stunning set on the river with breathtakingly views of the surrounding NZ countryside. We could not fault the comfortable rooms, delicious food, amazing range of local and international
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Hi Ted, While we were at Stonefly several had dietary restrictions though one would never know by looking at the plates. Beautiful and I am sure, tasty as well. I would suggest contacting Kate (about food) and John (about boating) directly through their website.
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"All the rooms are good."
"All four guest rooms are excellent, all with a balcony and delightful views of the Motueka River."
"All looked good"
"All the rooms are excellent. No need to worry which one you're in."
"All great, they are all the same"
$834 - $1,046 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMotueka
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