Cedar Lodge

South Island, New Zealand


Cedar Lodge is a must-visit destination for anglers seeking adventure and relaxation alike, with unparalleled fly-fishing experiences thanks to exclusive access to pristine trout waters and skilled guides set against the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Key Features

  • Luxury specialist fishing lodge with access to over 20 rivers and one of New Zealand’s most experienced guiding team
  • Four guest rooms sleeping up to eight
  • Activities include hiking and heli-hiking, golf, fishing, jet boating, and trips to nearby Queenstown
  • Private helicopter access


Nestled in New Zealand's South Island, Cedar Lodge is surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps and is a haven for fly fishers. Located along the Makarora River near Wanaka, the lodge provides exclusive access via helicopter to a variety of secluded stretches within Mt. Aspiring National Park, ensuring an unforgettable angling experience for enthusiasts.


The lodge is comprised of four spacious double rooms with full ensuite bathrooms. Recently remodelled, they are connected to the main lodge and dining area by a breezeway. As you wander around Cedar Lodge, enjoy spectacular views of the Southern Alps and watch your fellow guests embark on exciting explorations via helicopter.


Every meal at Cedar Lodge is a culinary delight, from the hearty breakfast to the mouthwatering stream-side lunch and gourmet dinner. The lodge boasts a talented team of chefs whose creations are inspired by New Zealand culinary styles, focusing on the farm-to-table concept. Embracing the country's "clean and green" ethos, you can expect to be treated to fabulous feasts each evening in the charming al fresco dining area. Complementing the outstanding fare, Cedar Lodge offers an award-winning wine list, providing guests with endless pairing options.


Explore this paradisical setting with towering mountain peaks, serene glaciers, cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers, and lush valleys. Renowned hiking trails such as Gillespie's Pass, Mt. Brewster, Blue Pools, and Timaru Creek offer some of New Zealand's finest trekking experiences. Or, up the ante with heli-hiking excursions tailored to various abilities and fitness levels. Additionally, the area features exquisite glacial lakes accessible by foot, jet boat, or fixed-wing aircraft.

For leisurely pursuits, the lodge offers a five-hole golf course, allowing guests to unwind after a day of fishing. Those seeking adventure beyond the lodge can embark on a 1.5-hour journey to Queenstown, known as the adrenaline capital of the world, where a plethora of high-octane activities, fine dining establishments, golf courses, wineries, and spas await exploration.

Why we love it

Cedar Lodge offers unparalleled access to spectacular trout fishing and around two dozen rivers within striking distance of its helipad. With skilled guides offering expert advice and flexible plans tailored to weather conditions and angler ability, guests are guaranteed unforgettable fishing experiences. Start your day with exhilarating helicopter flights, granting access to classic freestone rivers and secluded spring creeks ensconced in some of New Zealand’s most incredible scenery. From rugged settings ideal for the adventurous angler to open rivers suitable for slower-paced fishing, there’s something for everyone.

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