Kawhaka Lodge is in the heart of the South Island’s West Coast a unique part of New Zealand. It is located in a lovely spot in ‘paradise’, when you put that together with fabulous meals, outstanding service, and great fishing, you have quite a package. Kawhaka Lodge is 6 miles inland from the mighty Tasman Sea. It is centrally located being roughly half way between the ocean and the picturesque sculpted Southern Alps. The closest towns are Hokitika (15 minutes’ drive) and Greymouth (30 minutes’ drive). The lodge is easily accessible by road and transport to and from the airports in Hokitika and Greymouth is provided. Your short ride will be through rainforest and farmlands as you escape to another world.

Accommodations

Kawhaka Lodge  has only 2 suites; thereby assuring you of personalized service, and plenty of privacy. The 2 luxury suites open onto spacious verandahs and offer awesome views of the surrounding landscape. Both rooms have en-suite baths. Other features of the lodge include email, fax and library facilities, as well as Sky TV in the main living room. Enjoy a drink before dinner in front of the fire or take in the amazing night skies of the Southern Hemisphere. Share local fresh seasonal cuisine, good conversation, and the fine wines of New Zealand with your hosts. The lodge has been built by fishermen for fishermen and plunged into some of the most scenic fishing areas available in New Zealand.  Many rivers, lakes and spring creeks are close-by so guests can take advantage of Tony’s (the professional guide) years of experience and local knowledge. 

Fishing

Your guide, Tony, has 25 years of South Island Fishing and guiding experience. He is a conservationist who has adopted a ‘catch & release’ policy to ensure the future of these fisheries. Tony has fished all over the world visiting some of the most challenging fishing destinations. He has a real appreciation for the unique experience offered to anglers fishing from Kawhaka Lodge. In October – November most rivers carry varying amounts of water due to rain & snow melt. Nymph fishing is exceptional at this time. The weather can be cooler in the earlier part of the season. Late November- December is when the large Sea-Run Browns appear. The weather stabilizes, and fish begin rising to dries. This is an exceptional time to fish in New Zealand. In January and February your casting accuracy and lite presentation can result in excellent catches. 

Getting There

Fly into one of the following airports. The lodge is easily accessible by road and transport to and from the airports in Hokitika and Greymouth is provided. Kawhaka Lodge is a 30 minute flight from Christchurch. You can also fly by helicopter from any local airports including Christchurch. (For details and quotes on helicopter transfer please call.)

Activities

Explore the region. The West Coast is New Zealand’s cultural ‘heartland’, and like other such places around the world, it has generated its fair share of legends and stories. It is becoming famous for its world-class artists & craftspeople who delight in showing their work. Only 31,000 people ‘Coasters’, live in this section of New Zealand. Friendliness and hospitality are traits you’ll find throughout. There are beaches and forest walks to suit all ages and abilities. Additionally you may try caving, rafting, canoeing & kayaking, surfing, jet boating, jet skiing, glacier walks, scenic flights, mountain biking, horse treks, fishing and gold panning – in case you need something besides extraordinary fishing. Some activities are at an additional cost.