Ideally situated on the banks of the Mangles River, a tributary of the Buller, allows guests immediate access to some of the best fly fishing waters in the top half of New Zealand.
This region offers dozens of rivers and streams to choose from and has a selection of hugely experienced guides. The average catch size of Brown Trout in this region is between four and five pounds, with catches of over eight pounds being quite common and the chance of a trophy ten-pound Brown Trout may only be a cast away.
The wide choice of rivers available from River Haven Lodge enables guests to experience from relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers to more adventurous backcountry streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness. The location also allows a wide choice of rivers from different catchment systems enabling the fly fishing guides to pick the most appropriate fly fishing destination according to the various flow rates at a particular time of the year.
Within an hour's drive, guests can access dozens of quality fly fishing streams and rivers within the Nelson Lakes and northern Murchison region. With the aid of a helicopter dozens more fly fishing locations become available to guests at River Haven Lodge, targeting the ever assertive wild Brown Trout.
River Haven Lodge can be a base for many different fly fishing experiences and we can offer guided two and three day excursions to some spectacular remote locations in high country waters in the region which involve overnight accommodation in DOC (Department of Conservation) Huts.
All sleeping gear, safety gear and meals are catered for. Access to the start of the excursions can be by road, boat or helicopter depending on the location chosen and all packages take you into some of New Zealand's most pristine wilderness fly fishing environments.
These trip options access very remote waters with the lure of exceptional fly fishing experiences. However a moderate to high level of fitness is required depending on the various flow rates and weather conditions at a particular time of the year.
Fishing is usually by walking and wading and can involve some hiking. Rods in the 5-6# 8'6 -9ft are ideal. Layered clothing is the best approach. Although some gear is available at the lodgefrom rods and reels to waderswe would advise all fishing guests to bring all the gear they are going to need such as rods, reels, lines, flies and leaders down to 2lb but use the waders from the lodge. Clothing should blend and allow for a stealthy approach.