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“Fly fishing lodge at its best.”
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Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Murchison
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Fly fishing lodge at its best.”
Reviewed 29 January 2013

We spent 3 nights at the lodge and it was sublime. The historic building is lovely but they have all of the modern conveniences that you would need. The view is spectacular and we had it from our oversized room and from our dinning room table . The food is chef driven and ample . Lunches were made for us on the days that we fished and hiked. Richard was our guide and he was wonderful in spotting the fish and helping us land them. Bill and Jenny were the best and our evening chats over sport events were delightful. A whole menu of activities to partake in is available even if you are not fisher people. Go for the ambiance , the food, the wine and to step back into time.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

Bill and Jenny treat their guests as family, very welcoming and extremely accommodating. There is a full range of activities available, it is not just a fishing lodge, although they are well organised to cater for trout fishing, but we also enjoyed the bush walks, the quad bikes and trap shooting. The scenery is fantastic.
The lodge has successfully combined history with modern conveniences to provide a facility with atmosphere and ambience. Full marks, worthy of a return visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Bozeman, Montana
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

I cannot say enough about Lake Rotoroa. Bill & Jenny and the rest of the staff really do a top notch job ensuring that our stay was what we expected. Food is awesome and overall hospitality cannot be beat!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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auckland
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Lovely lodge on one of the most beautiful lakes in NZ. I was there in January 2012.
Wonderful Hospitality. The manager and his wife were fantastic.
Fantastic trip on the Lake in the lodge boat - highly recommend this. I felt like I was in Switzerland not NZ.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Salt Lake City,Utah
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Reviewed 27 January 2008

This is a fly fishing lodge only. If you cannot fly fish, sight fishing, don't go. The guides are great, the fishing is great, as sight fly fishing results in 3 fish each a day. The fish are all 5 to 7 lbs. Brent and Sharlene are leaving in two months, and the place was bought by Everland, not to be confused with Neverland. The new owners are turning it into a rich mans club. so the average joe won't need to read this. The only drawback is sandflies, which are godawful. The new owners have not retained Brent and Sharlene, and they will regret it. For all you rich folks, bring your DEET. Ed and Ellen

Stayed December 2007
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Bill M, Manager at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, responded to this review, 27 August 2012
Since 2009 Lake Rotoroa Lodge has been under NZ Ownership and Management and the Everlands Group mentioed in the review has no further involvement. Continuous improvements to all the facilities including many new additions ensure that LRL continues to offer the warmest of welcomes to our many guests.

We work hard to maintain the enviable reputation LRL has achieved worldwide.

Bill McDermott
General Manager
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Reviewed 10 July 2005

We have been to NZ four times in the last three years, but unfortunately did not stay at Lake Rotoroa Lodge until our third trip. We liked it so much we returned only nine months later. If you are going to NZ to fish, tour the wine country, bird watch, or just enjoy the scenery consider adding LRL to your itinerary. LRL is a comfortable old lodge (many dead animal heads on the walls), but the facilities are up to date. Large attractive rooms, unbelievable views. There is a nice bar, and stately dining room. Meals are served at large tables. While the facilities are superb, the real attraction is the Kiwi contingent managing LRL, cooking the meals, and guiding the fishermen. On arrival you will be greeted by either Brent or Sharleen who run the place for a Pennsylvania company. The food is sublime. Dean and Jo, the chefs, are world class. Great Kiwi wine list. The fishing guides are some of the best in NZ, with deserved international reputations. The fishing is on public water, but I have never encountered another fisherman. Some of the guests can be a bore at dinner, but that is not a fault of the lodge. It ain't cheap, but it is worth the price.

  • Stayed December 2004
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Property: Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Address: Gowan Valley Road, RD 3, Murchison 7077, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Murchison
Hotel Class:5 star — Lake Rotoroa Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along a quiet country lane that winds its way through the Gowan River valley lies Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It is nestled at the northern tip of New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps.This isolated and unspoiled location is surrounded by the forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park. Lake Rotoroa is considered the jewel in the crown of the park: its tranquil waters reflect a magnificent vista of snow-capped mountains and lush native bush.From the lodge's idyllic and romantic lakeside location, guests can gaze along the length of Lake Rotoroa to the towering peaks of the Travers Range, and lapping at the foot of the lodge lawn, the waters of the Gowan River may just cause them to become lost in thoughts of some of the world's finest brown trout fishing that can begin just a few short steps away. Enjoy this stunning view from the lodge's open-fired sitting room, dining room or, indeed, from many of our guest rooms.The Nelson Lakes National Park, with its alpine environment, is just one of three National Parks that surround the city of Nelson (1½ hours away). The Abel Tasman National Park is coastal (offering some of the very finest, golden beaches in the world, together with the internationally renowned Abel Tasman Track) and New Zealand's most recently designated National Park, Kahurangi, is one of the world's great wilderness environments. There are times of the year when it really is possible to swim in the ocean in the morning and ski in the mountains in the afternoon! ... more   less 
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