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Environmental Policy

Maruia River Lodge care about the impact we have on our environment and the greater ecosystem.

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Maruia River Lodge
State Highway 65, Shenandoah
Murchison, New Zealand

p. +64 3 523 9323  f. +64 3 523 9515

Fly Fishing

The best brown trout fishing in New Zealand !

Fly-fishing from Maruia River Lodge gives you access to the best rivers and streams in New Zealand, combined with the perfect place to stay.
Many of our rivers are easily accessible by 4WD vehicle (as provided by our guides).  Inaccessible parts of the Maruia and other exceptional rivers in the area can be accessed quickly by our helicopter fly-out service. The Lodge itself is right on the banks of one of the most famous Brown Trout rivers in the world - the Maruia River has 186 brown trout per kilometre or 296 per mile (as surveyed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries).  It’s a great river for both the novice and intrepid angler - a tributary of the Buller River System ensures a variety of good trout fishing on your doorstep.  The Lodge has approximately 2km of river frontage on the Maruia River.
Many of our Guests have caught their Trophy Brown Trout whilst staying with us - we love to see their beaming faces at the end of the day! 

Fishing Season

The season is from 1 October - 30 April.  Good catches are to be had throughout the season. There is no particular wet or dry season in the mountains, however summers are usually warm with temperatures up in the 30’s C or 80’s F, and mid seasons in the low 20’s C or high 60’s F. Due to our maritime climate, New Zealand weather can change very quickly from being very hot to cold, wet and windy - we suggest all visitors come prepared!

High season (mid Summer) is January, February. Bookings (both reservations and guides) need to be made as early as possible for this busy period.
The bag limit is two fish per person per day, however many anglers and guides do suggest a catch and release policy - this helps preserve our fisheries.

Professional Guides

For Anglers who do not know the region, we would always recommend hiring a professional guide.

Professional guides with 4WD vehicles are available for those wishing to explore some of the many varied and challenging streams and rivers in the district.  Guides are all expert local guides very willing to share their knowledge with both novice and advanced anglers and are fully equipped to make your day a memorable angling experience.

The helicopter fly-out service from the Lodge can take you over the hills to beautiful remote valleys - an exhilarating experience in search of that Trophy Brown!

Fishing is available for all levels of fitness.  Let us know your level of fitness when making a reservation and we will ensure your Guide plans the perfect fishing vacation for you.


Pests & Insects

The great thing about New Zealand is that the worst pest you will encounter whilst fishing is insects - there are no snakes, deadly spiders, bears or leeches in New Zealand.

We do have sand flies (similar to American black flies) which can be a nuisance in fishing areas - especially at evening time or just prior to rain, but they do go away at night! We suggest bringing repellent (gels, liquids or roll-ons are easier to use than sprays out on the river) and add a bite cream to your first aid kit just in case! Unlike the 'No See-ums' in Alaska at least these guys are big enough for you to get your own back!