Fly Fishing

The lodge is perfectly positioned to take on the challenge of the Aeorere River by the experienced fly fisherman. Your host a professional trout fishing guide for 30 years (and the holder of the Fenwick Master fisherman’s Award) will be on hand to show you how to get access to this wonderful scenic river.

The Brown trout of this river require the skill of a very experienced fly caster and a skilled stalker of these fine fighting specimens. The average trout runs around four pounds with some up to eight.

Nymphing is the technique in most runs, but the evening rise is exciting on the dry fly. The lodge has a catch and release philosophy. Sea run browns are found at the river mouth and upstream when the whitebait are running, and take a wet smelt type fly.

Best months to fish are early December through to end of March.

This river is rarely fished by locals, and Song of the Tui is the only accommodation of quality hosting the purest of fly casting anglers.

The river offers 35 kilometers of fishing starting at the Brown Hut of the Heaphey Track to the mouth at the village of Collingwood.

There are many other trout streams and lakes in this region offering challenges to the keen explorer of wilderness fishing.

Inflatable rafting is available to drift the river and gain access to places inaccessible from the river banks..

Reg well known for his Solitaire Lodge on Lake Tarawera, and pioneer of the luxury lodges of New Zealand has now settled in Golden

Bay just to share this wonderful part of the top of the South Island, and magnificent back yard.