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Brisbanegirl22
Brisbane

Luxury heli-fishing lodge

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 Feb 2019
Cedar Lodge is listed as one of the "Top 50 places to fly-fish before you die" and it does not disappoint. New Zealand is a fantastic trout fishing location, but as in any spot unless you are familiar with the waters then you need the local knowledge of a guide. Cedar Lodge takes guiding to a whole new level with heli-fishing - dropping guests into remote access locations to fly-fish in pristine trout streams for the experience of a lifetime. Highly experienced local guides work alongside guide/owner Chris in taking guests to fish daily in magic spots around the area.
The whole experience is very civilised - breakfast around 8am and a briefing according to the weather and best local spots before departing by chopper to maximise time on the streams. Back around 4.30-5pm for pre-dinner drinks, time to refresh and then a lovely communal dinner cooked by a top chef using fresh local produce and accompanied by excellent wines. Guests from around the world get to know each other over conversation and fishing stories, retiring to comfortable rooms and beds before rising to fish another day.
There are only 5-6 rooms which affords an intimate experience, with a beautifully appointed main lodge living and dining area as well as a great outdoor dining area. The property has direct access to the Makarora River, situated at the top of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, with easy access to a multitude of good fishing spots. Nearby are local hikes and sights such as the beautiful Blue Pools and Haast Pass.
This family business runs like a well oiled machine. Nothing is too much trouble for the delightful hosts, Chris and Shauna who also own and operate a respected fishing business in their home state of Oregon in the off-season.

We will be back!

Location: approx 1 hour from Wanaka (2 hours from Queenstown) in the South Island. Tip: stop at the historic Cardrona hotel on the way for a break.
Date of stay: January 2019
Room Tip: All rooms are ensuite with great views
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

    This is a wonderful place to fly fish. The food is amazing. The fishing is fantastic with great guides. When we fished there the rain was falling hard and some rivers were blown out but having a dedicated chopper allowed the guides to find us clear fishable water. Chris and Shauna made us feel like family. This place is great for couples with one partner who does not fly fish or hard core fly fishing addicts. We met people who had been going back repeatedly for years. Got into some monsters! Definitely going back as often as possible.

    Date of stay: November 2016
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

    Chis and his crew really did a nice job of making our trip special. The accommodations and food were superb. We really felt at home and were comfortable during our entire stay. The chef is 5 star and the helicopter fishing is super cool and productive.

    Date of stay: March 2016
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

    Amazing amazing Area and people are awesome, the basin is so beautiful and I really love my experience in time and Makarora I would love to go back soon as the place is amazing and just so many beautiful gems around the area

    Date of stay: December 2015
    Trip type: Travelled on business
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