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.
River Haven Lodge is an “All Inclusive” lodge with a full breakfast and three-course dinners served in the main lodge and a garden fresh healthy picnic lunch served on the river with your guide. Stop in the River Haven Private Bar after fishing for a cold drink and great bar food, as well. All is included in one price (even house wine and beer!), meaning you can focus on your main interest, to catch brown trout!
Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Lisa McLaughlin for additional information and to BOOK!
When you BOOK with FRA Adventure Travel you never pay more for our services as we work for YOU and the Lodge!
New Zealand Reopening Plan
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.
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:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), date of birth, passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- 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))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
Upon Return to USA: Take a PCR Test within 1 day of Travel. A negative result is required for departure.
- Testing available at the airport as well as through the lodge for departure.
What to expect fly fishing New Zealand
The 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
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.
River Haven Lodge is “All Inclusive”. Your cabin, all meals, right down to house wine and beer, are all included in your stay! Enjoy your meals with other fly fishing anglers, socializing with other Lodge guests, and share your day’s fly fishing experience during great dinner conversation.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Take 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
- 7 nights Lodging (double occupancy)
- 6 days Guided fishing (two anglers per guide)
- All meals
- 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)
- Any fees associated with extra “non-angling” activities
- 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)
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.
Trip Insurance is strongly advised & recommended!
There are quite a few options for nonanglers on this trip as well.
- Kayaking and Rafting
- Gold Panning
- Jet Boating
- Wine Tours and MORE!
Travel Arrangements & Insurance
You will fly from the US to Auckland, NZ. You will then travel from Auckland to Nelson on the South Island.