River Haven Lodge is located at the top of the South Island on the banks of the Mangles river.

The lodge is built with the fly-fisherman in mind and its central location allows access to many of the great rivers in the Murchison and Nelson Lakes region which are famous for their large wild Brown Trout.

With some of the best guides in the Murchison District as well as an all-inclusive package with delicous meals and private bar, River Haven Lodge provides all you need for a great fly fishing holiday in New Zealand.

  • Season: October to April
  • Brown Trout fishing
  • Helicopter fly-out
  • Boutique fly fishing lodge
  • Backcountry wilderness fishing
  • Hiking, rafting, biking and sightseeing
  • Average temperatures: 10-15℃ in winter, 20-30℃ in warmer months

The accommodation is in luxury log riverside cabins. The cabins have the highest quality beds, complimented with Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforters and pure cotton quilts. There is air-conditioning and heating in all the cabins.

Each cabin has its own laptop computer so you can get online and keep in touch with friends, family or the office.

Outside each cabin, there are comfortable custom-made patio chairs to enjoy a bit of sunshine and a cup of coffee.

The comfortable private lodge bar is the ideal place to relax after an enjoyable day on the river before sitting down to a three-course meal and a glass of wine.

There is also a large variety of other activities available in the region. These include wine tours, rafting, trekking, mountain-biking, jet-boating, golf and more.

Access to the lodge is by transfer from Nelson Airport.

WIFI is available in the lodge.

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 lodge—from rods and reels to waders—we 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.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence.

A tourist visa is required for all citizens (except Australians) entering New Zealand. A three-month tourist visa is provided by passport control when entering the country.

There are various international flight options to Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch. Then take an internal flight to Nelson. The transfer to the lodge is by helicopter.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 (0)1730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232


Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816