It is no longer a secret that New Zealand’s South Island provides the best backdrop in the world for landing trophy trout on the fly, both rainbow and brown. Accompanied by some of South Island's best fishing guides, we invite you to explore a trout habitat unlike any other.
With more than 30 years of heli-fishing experience exclusively in the South Island region, the award-winning [see below about award winning] Cedar Lodge is considered the South Island’s premier fly fishing lodge. Our guided vacation packages are tailored to make you feel at home on the South Island while putting you in front of wild trout on New Zealand’s most picturesque and exotic waters.
What makes Cedar Lodge New Zealand’s best luxury fishing lodge
Over the years Cedar Lodge has been recognized in such premiere publications such as National Geographic and 50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. But the most important acknowledgements come from our customers and our friends. Here are some of the reasons our guests continue to choose Cedar Lodge for their fly fishing adventures:
Value: As the only owner-operated heli-fishing lodge on the South Island of New Zealand, Cedar Lodge provides a better experience at a lower cost. Our helicopter accesses more destinations, requires less travel time, and provides you with much more time to fish on the region’s best waters. Of course, the helicopter rides are breathtaking experiences as well! Our helicopter is on-site and not contracted out, which eliminates extra costs and scheduling difficulties associated with third party contractors.
Access to the best fishing: The unique location of Cedar Lodge is ideal for fly fishing some of the best water on the South Island. You will fish in environments ranging from mountain streams to west coast native bush lined rivers and beyond. Our unique concession (permit) is one of New Zealand’s oldest, and it gives us exclusive permission to fly into Mount Aspiring National Park.
Great food, great wine, great memories: We have a dedicated culinary staff that prepares only the freshest farm to table local cuisine. You will enjoy such New Zealand favorites as grilled lamb shanks with a mint chimmichurri, New Zealand green lipped mussels, venison steaks with sweet and delicious vegetables. Or dine alfresco with a glass of delicious Syrah from Hay Paddock Vinyards on Waiheke Island while lamb shanks sizzle on the barbeque. Feast with good friends soaking up the outdoors and end your day with a delicate dessert and retire awaiting your next day’s adventure.
As you consider your next guided trip or chartered vacation to New Zealand’s South Island, please enjoy photos of the fly fishing lodge and our photogenic trophy trout in our gallery. Also, hear what our past guests have to say about choosing Cedar Lodge as their top fly fishing lodge destination.