River Haven Lodge offers riverfront luxury log cabins, with world-renowned fly fishing guides at a specialty brown trout fly fishing luxury lodge.

Only three minutes from Murchison and located in Kahurangi National Park, River Haven Lodge is centrally located in the top of the South Island of New Zealand, giving you access to over thirty rivers by car and another twenty rivers by helicopter. River Haven Lodge has access for any of the four helicopter companies they work with, to land only steps from your cabin and to fly into this world-class trout fishery.

Lunch will be provided by the lodge, as the cabins at River Haven Lodge have full kitchens you can make your own breakfast and dinner or you can head to the nearest town (less than 2 miles away) and dine at one of the restaurants. Stop in the River Haven Private Bar after fishing for a cold drink and great bar food, as well. Complimentary beer and wine provided after your fishing day!

Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Rob Kolanda for additional information and to BOOK!

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When you BOOK with FRA Adventure Travel you never pay more for our services as we work for YOU and the Lodge!



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New Zealand Reopening Plan

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Effective September 12th visitors to New Zealand No longer need proof of Covid 19 vaccination to enter the country.

Entry Requirements:

Everyone entering New Zealand still needs to obtain a New Zealand Traveller Declaration and Traveller Pass :


Additionally, all non New Zealand citizens need to obtain a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and a International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).   You can read more about it here:


Your clients can obtain both the NZeTA & IVL at the same time here:


Announced February 2022 – US-based anglers:

  • From July 2022 visitors from visa-waiver countries (such as USA) will be eligible to travel to New Zealand
  • Entry will require vaccination and there may be a period of self-isolation required on entry (this will initially be 7-10 days and it’s hoped this requirement will quickly be dropped). You must do 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) during your self-isolation period on day 0/1 and day 5/6 and declare your results.

New Travel Requirements for Entry and Exit to New Zealand 

Beginning November 1, the Government of New Zealand will require all non-New Zealand citizens age 17 and over traveling into the country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Per the Government of New Zealand, a full course of any of the 22 COVID-19 vaccines approved by a government or approval authority, with the last dose being at least 14 days before arrival, will be acceptable at this stage. The requirement will not apply to New Zealand citizens, children under the age of 17, and those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. For additional information regarding these new requirements, please visit the Government of New Zealand’s COVID-19 page .

Additionally, many airlines are beginning to require passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before allowing them to board an international flight. Air New Zealand has announced that as of February 1, 2022, all passengers 18 years of age and older who are travelling internationally on an Air New Zealand aircraft will be required to be fully vaccinated . Please note boarding requirements vary from airline to airline. Please check with your airline directly for any specific boarding requirements before you travel. 

Vaccine Information 

Foreign nationals are allowed to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in New Zealand. You can book online or over the phone, or in some locations visit a drive-thru clinic without an appointment. For more information on vaccines, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/how-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccination/book-your-covid-19-vaccination/ .

In compliance with New Zealand requirements, individuals must wear a face covering while visiting an essential service, including public transport and flights, pharmacies, supermarkets, and petrol stations. The government encourages everyone to wear a face covering when leaving your home and if you are unable to maintain two meters of distance. For detailed information about the New Zealand government response to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/ .


*** Effective January 26th, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website  for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

Waiver Process for Pre-Flight Testing:

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Consulate in Auckland at [email protected] and provide the information below.  The U.S. Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), date of birth, passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
  5. Is U.S. destination home address?
  6. Departure date
  7. Flight itinerary
  8. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  9. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  12. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  13. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  14. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

Returning Home:

As of 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

For more information, see Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.

What to expect fly fishing New Zealand

River Haven Lodge Brown TroutThe fishing in New Zealand is unlike anywhere else on the planet! Sight casting large dry flies tied on 3x tippet with 6 wt rods to a 10 lb trout in gin clear water is one of the most exciting things you can do in freshwater fishing! Fishing long leaders (14-18 feet) is key to not spook the fish and dark clothing and fly lines are also essential to your success fishing New Zealand rivers. The trout in New Zealand average about 3 lbs with fish in the 5-8 lb range extremely common. The fish aren’t too selective when it comes to fly selection, you just have to have a good presentation without spooking them!

Gear Required for trout fly fishing at River Haven Lodge:

  • Rubber Sole wading boots (Felt boots are banned in NZ)
  • Fly fishing waders
  • Waterproof fishing rain jacket
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • 4-6 wt fly rods
  • Dark colored fly fishing line (as brown trout spook easily!)
  • Wide-brimmed fishing hat
  • Thermal leggings and shorts for wet wading
  • Gravel guards/booties
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Long sleeve shirts (camo or darker colors)
  • Fishing sun gloves

General Information

Scotty and his lovely wife Leya, own property on the Mangles River and have built “River Haven Lodge” to accommodate those with the same passion for fly fishing. Have a look at the website for River Haven Lodge at www.riverhaven.co.nz or simply explore the tabs above for more information about River Haven Lodge. We’ve built a private Bar on the property just steps from your cabin, in the main Lodge, for you to enjoy a cold beer or some of New Zealand’s finest wines and be able to “walk” home.

Do you want a memorable fly fishing experience? River Haven Lodge have the best accommodation and guides in the most central location of any lodge within a 100-mile radius! Whether you’re fishing with Scott “The Trout,” or one of his experienced team of guides, you will not be disappointed!

Great Guides

The guides skills are unquestionable, but their uncanny ability to convey that knowledge to the client and give that person the edge and confidence to catch the elusive, wily New Zealand brown trout, is where they shine! River Haven’s friendly guides are hand selected to give you the very best New Zealand has to offer. They have the skill, knowledge and most importantly, the desire to make your day on the river unforgettable! Don’t forget to leave the lodge a photo, for the “Wall of Fame” in RHL bar, and for the website gallery!

Our guides are wonderful with the most experienced or novice anglers, whether they are male or female. Some of our best anglers have been women! Fly fishing is a lifelong sport, that will bring you more pleasure than you can imagine!

Cabin Accommodation

The cabins have the highest quality beds, complimented with Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforters and pure cotton quilts. Air conditioning (a must in our New Zealand changing weather) and heating with double glazed windows, keep your cabin cozy. A 32” flat screen TV will entertain you while relaxing, not to mention keep you in tune with your sports! To enhance your controlled environment, we’ve added HRV, “Heat Recovery Ventilation” system that replaces the air in the room with fresh clean filtered air four times every hour!
river haven lodge cabin interior

Your drinking water is pure New Zealand rainwater filtered through Germany’s finest filtration system to give you the best drinking water you’ve ever tasted! Better than bottled, and more convenient.

You’ll enjoy the individual laptop computer provided for each cabin, with high-speed Internet WiFi, so you won’t waste precious holiday time waiting to get online while keeping in touch with your loved ones at home or checking in at the office.

Every bath has heated towel bars to warm the softest cotton towels and demisters in the over-sized bath mirrors, so your lovely lady can do herself up, while you’re in the shower! 360 Degree verandas around your cabin provide cover, while the antler hooks offer a place for your waders and wet jackets, while a boot rack dries your boots.

river haven lodge cabin exteriorTake in the native plants surrounding your cabin while enjoying the birds that they attract. Why wake to an alarm clock, when you can waken to the sound of native birds!

Outside your cabin, we have comfortable custom made patio chairs for taking in a bit of sun while enjoying a cup of coffee or visiting with the couples you may be traveling with.

Details about fly fishing in New Zealand

  • Pricing based on double occupancy. Fishing license, airfare, and gratuities not included

Packages Include:

  • Lodging (double occupancy)
  • Guided fishing (two anglers per guide)
  • Lunch
  • All house beer and wine
  • Transportation to River Haven (From Nelson Airport)

Packages do not include:

  • Airfare to New Zealand
  • Gratuities for the guides and staff
  • New Zealand fishing license ($160 NZD)
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Any fees associated with extra “non-angling” activities
  • Heli-Fishing
  • Any incidental purchases in New Zealand
  • From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA); cost between $9-$12 NZD ($6-8 USD) prior to coming to New Zealand.
  • You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL); cost is about $35 NZD ($24).
  • Trip insurance (optional but recommended)
  • Global Rescue (optional but recommended)

Cancellation/Refund Policy

At the time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from the date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. Cancellation within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues.

Travel Insurance

Front Range Anglers recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: Jessica Minard at 617.210.8106 (direct) or email [email protected].


Trip  Insurance is strongly advised & recommended!

There are quite a few options for nonanglers on this trip as well.

  • Kayaking and Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Gold Panning
  • Jet Boating
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching
  • Wine Tours and MORE!

Travel Arrangements 

You will fly from the US to Auckland, NZ. You will then travel from Auckland to Nelson on the South Island.

Directions from Nelson Airport to River Haven Lodge

From Nelson Airport, go through two roundabouts, turning right at Quarantine Road at the second roundabout. Veer right on Quarantine Road to State Highway 6. Continue on State Highway 6 South approximately 120 Kilometers (75 miles) until you come to Mangles Valley Road. You will go over the past the Longford Bridge, then over the Mangles Bridge and the Mangles Valley Road is the next left. You will see the cabins on your left along the river. Turn left and go approximately 50 meters (55 yards) to the driveway into River Haven. Go right at the fork in the drive to the Registration, or left to take you to the cabins Private Car Park.

If you reach the township of Murchison, you have gone 3 kilometers too far. Turn around and go back 3 K and you cannot miss the cabins as you will see them in front of you on the right hand side, coming from Murchison.


Personalized round trip transfers from Nelson airport to the Lodge and return, only $345NZ/per person. Note: Please request transfers at time of booking, and send itinerary prior to travel date.

**Trip  Insurance is strongly advised & recommended**


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Front Range Anglers is committed to providing you with the best Colorado fly fishing guides and guided fly fishing experience possible.