FIORDLAND LODGE - NEW ZEALAND

 

FIORDLAND LODGE - NEW ZEALAND

Set in a pristine and picturesque World Heritage area, Fiordland Lodge is the ideal base for your New Zealand South Island fishing adventure. Private and serene, the elegance and splendor of the Lodge is mirrored in the breathtaking views of both Lake Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. Owners Ron and Robynne Peacock operate Fiordland Lodge, as well as the well known and well respected Fiordland Guides. This is a destination that will satisfy couples, honeymooners, and families just as much as it will the hard core angler looking for the ultimate New Zealand angling experience.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available, although we recommend at least a week, due to the long flight to New Zealand’s South Island. If you can swing it, stay for at least two weeks!

Accommodations and Lodging

Fiordland Lodge AccommodationThe open architecture of Fiordland Lodge reflects the vastness of Fiordland National Park itself. Echoes of the forest are found in the striking natural timber construction. High ceilings, full trunk pillars, and a massive riverstone fireplace provide a warm spacious environment with a sense of solidity and style. A commanding staircase leads from the impressive lounge area to an inviting mezzanine, complete with library and fly tying area. Located on the highway to Milford Sound, Fiordland Lodge offers style, comfort and privacy, yet is only five kilometers from the tourist township of Te Anau.

The Lodge's comfortable dining area serves excellent food coupled with superb wine. The fully licensed bar is a relaxing spot to enjoy complimentary pre-dinner drinks as well as a great gathering place for late-night fishing discussions. In the lounge, a latticework of huge log trusses soar to over thirty-six feet above and surround a large open fire, clad with local riverstone. The Lodge offers three different accommodations and price points.

Executive Suite - The Executive Suite at the top of the Main Lodge feature tall windows that wrap round the suite give a spectacular view of the lake and mountains outside. Spacious and welcoming the Executive Suite features chunky feature beams, and relaxing spot lighting. Inside the separate lounge offers a riverstone gas fireplace and a comfortable sitting area. The master bedroom uses earth colors and the Suite decor is muted natural tonings reflecting the landscape. Bathrooms are particularly handsome, with basins on New Zealand swamp Kauri, more natural tones, a jet spa bath and big wicker baskets.

Lodge Rooms - The 9 double/twin Lodge rooms are all quiet and very very comfortable. All have the same unimpeded views of Lake Te Anau and the surrounding mountains. The decor reflects the landscape, with muted natural tonings and huge picture windows frame the lake. Top quality bedding, towels and toiletries add a sense of pampering. The ensuite bathrooms merge porcelain and swamp kauri with the latest bathroom conveniences.

Log Cabins - Complementing the Lodge's ten double guest rooms are two traditionally built Log Cabins, ideal for families or two couples travelling together. Both Log Cabins are separate and private from the main lodge. The cabins are on an elevated site with lovely views to the northwest across Lake Te Anau and to the mountains of Fiordland National Park. To the north and east, views are out across rural farm land. Both Cabins have been built with hand peeled sun dried New Zealand Oregon logs. Interior finishing is with recycled native New Zealand timber floors, ceilings, joinery and bench tops. Each cabin is fitted with a quality queen-size bed downstairs, and on a mezzanine floor above one cabin has a twin room, and one has three single beds. The Cabins sleep four and five, and guests staying in the Log Cabins have full use of all Lodge facilities.

Food and Beverages

The restaurant at Fiordland Lodge offers a spectacular view of lake Te Anau and the surrounding Kepler and Murchison mountains providing a dramatic backdrop for your dining experience. Food is a focal point at the lodge and you'll be hard pressed to find something on the menu that isn't homemade or locally grown. Every item on the menu hails from the surrounding land, and as an example within five minutes of the lodge there are at least 10 rivers that have fresh watercress sprouting and wild black berries that grow on the side of the road. Items such as the breakfast jams will have been plucked from the onsite garden, and items such as venison and rabbit sourced from the local hunters themselves.

Head Chef James Musk operates a daily changing evening menu based on fresh local produce. Fresh organic vegetables, greens, herbs and eggs are harvested daily from the huge onsite vegetable garden. Particular attention is given to dietary requirements. We bake our own breads, offer a selection of homemade baking treats, truffles, cereals and much much more.

Fishing Information

New Zealand BrownExperience true wilderness fishing in a remote area of New Zealand surrounded by the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, and Southland. This is New Zealand fishing for brown and rainbow trout at its finest! Head guide Ron Peacock has been fly fishing for 30 years and has fished on hundreds of the South Island’s rivers. With a strong background in conservation land management, Ron spent 25 years as a National Park Ranger - 18 of those working in Fiordland National Park. Ron and his guides have an intimate knowledge of the rivers, mountains and forests of the region.

The mountains of Fiordland are clothed in rich rain forest and here true wilderness fishing is as good as it gets. During settled weather, the rivers run clear, and large brown and rainbow trout can be seen cruising in deep pools. Away from the mountains and forest, the rivers flow across farmland with an ever-changing landscape. Access along these farmland river banks is somewhat easier than in the mountains, and good stocks of both brown and rainbow trout area easily found.

With over forty rivers in close proximity to the lodge (all of which are managed as wild trout fisheries) Ron Peacock and his guide staff can provide you with a classic South Island fishing experience for any length of trip. The rivers that feed Lake Te Anau alone, the Upakaroa and the Eglington, are extremely productive fisheries full of wild browns and rainbows that love to gobble up large attractor dries. Typically, you will fish fast water for rainbows and focus on the slower glides and runs where fat, New Zealand “shovelhead” browns are found in gin-clear water. Keep in mind that each day of your fishing package will be custom-tailored to meet your expectations and desires. You can fish remote rivers in Fiordland Park via optional helicopter fly-ins direct from the lodge, or try backcountry fishing on rolling New Zealand farmlands accessed by vehicle. For those seeking classic, technical sight-fishing scenarios, Ron and his guides will work with you to target the large, trophy browns that are usually found in slower, ultra-clear waters.

Boats and Equipment

We always recommend you bring your own equipment whenever possible. For those that want to travel light, Fiordland Lodge does have fly rod outfits, tackle, and waders available. Please request loaner and rental gear prior to your arrival at the lodge.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Fiordland LodgeOn forty acres of land, Fiordland Lodge is set on a superb site with commanding views out across Lake Te Anau. This is a rural setting with rolling grasslands surrounding the Lodge. Lake Te Anau itself is a mere ten minute walk away. Across the lake to the west lie the mountains of Fiordland National Park, an area of over three million acres of untouched wilderness and part of the much larger Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Hiking, wildflower tours, glow-worm cave tours, horseback riding, lake and sea kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, bird watching, boat tours of Milford Sound, sailing, golf, shopping, and much more. Please call Yellow Dog for more information and a complete list of options.

How To Get There

International airlines such as Quantas and Air New Zealand provide daily flights from Los Angeles (LAX) non-stop to Auckland, New Zealand on the North Island. These flights depart LAX in the evening and arrive 14 hours later the following morning in Auckland.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Due to crossing the International Date Line, you actually arrive two days later then when you departed, but return to the U.S. earlier then when you leave on your return flight! From Auckland, domestic flights to Queenstown, South Island leave hourly during the day and the flight is around three hours. Expect total round trip airfare around $1,500 per person in U.S. dollars. From Queenstown a shuttle can be arranged to transport you to the lodge, or you can rent a car and drive yourself. Having a rental car will enable you to travel into town from the lodge, fish on your own, and see the area sights.

2012 Rates / Package Costs

All rates are per person, per night and quoted in US dollars. ** Special off-season rates and discount apply for the shoulder seasons. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Full Season Rates: December 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012
Accommodation Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
Executive Suite $520 $860
Lodge Room $410 $640
Log Cabin $210 $300

** Since this is a not a typical lodge, we will customize your itinerary for requested fishing days and other activities. This way you can optimize time on the water or with your family or group.

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Lodge Room or Executive Suites - breakfast and dinner are included
  • Log cabins - breakfast only is included
  • All New Zealand taxes
  • Bottled water, and a complimentary glass of local wine with dinner

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Queenstown and transfers to and from the airport to the lodge
  • Gratuities for guides and staff,
  • Airport departure taxes, and any additional activities

** Fishing and other guided activities are added to the base price and the itinerary set up through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. This way we can custom tailor your package to meet your needs and desires.

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Fiordland Lodge Statement of Environmental Initiatives
"Fiordland Lodge recognizes that as a company we have a responsibility to the environment, customers, suppliers and staff and are therefore committed to increasing awareness and implementing the best possible environmental practices in all aspects of our business, including design, marketing, manufacturing, product sourcing and waste disposal. This commitment is echoed throughout all levels of our business and together we will continue to improve our environmental policy. Designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment, Fiordland Lodge utilizes local businesses and all of our guides and full time employees are from the surrounding area. We maintain an extensive vegetable garden, and also support our local environmental organizations.

Our facility was designed and planned carefully. All of our appliances are modern and all our electrical appliances are audited regularly for their energy efficiency. We avoid using bleach or other harmful chemicals and all of our soaps and detergents are free of animal fats. The biggest challenge facing a lodge in such a location is how to deal with all of the water borne waste, before it is discharged into the environment, in an ecologically friendly way. Your health and safety is important to us, and with this in mind, our system was designed by career professionals, experts in their field of interest and environmental conservation. Developed in 1982 in Australia our system is a compact, aerated wastewater treatment system. These systems are in use in Alaska, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and elsewhere. This system biologically treats all wastewater from the Lodge on site in a six chamber fully contained system. A clean, clear filtered and odorless effluent is discharged into the drain field, and is easily assimilated into the earth."

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