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Fiordland Lodge, South Island

Fiordland Lodge is set in a UNESCO World Heritage Area near the small town of Te Anau (pronounced tay-arn-now) in extreme southern New Zealand. It is the perfect place to explore the remote, and spectacular, Fiordland National Park, the gem of New Zealand's South Island. A visit to the area isn't complete without a day trip to well-know Doubtful Sound or a more intense multi-day trek along the world-famous Milford Track. Anglers will enjoy the almost limitless angling opportunities while non-angling companions will enjoy the close proximity to some of the world's most spectacular scenery and rich natural history.
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2 of 2(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Fiordland Lodge, South Island
Review 1 for Fiordland Lodge, South Island
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing,
November 28, 2012
By: BonesParson
from California
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pre-trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip service: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on his/her ability to instruct and communicate:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on overall enthusiasm and personality:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
"Just completed several days of fishing with guide and lodge owner Ron Peacock - all I can say is wow!! If a beautiful lodge with incredible views, vegetables and salad from the Lodge garden, jam for your morning toast from the Lodge berry bushes, and gourmet meals isn't enough for you then spending time fishing with Ron will be. Ron has a knowledge of Fiordland that is second to none. He is a consummate gentlemen and a great fisherman - customer service is his ultimate goal. The Lodge staff is incredible as well. Caution: Ron is half mountain goat and will go anywhere for a fish."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Fiordland Lodge, South Island
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A great outdoor honeymoon experience,
January 26, 2010
By: HunterandGoddess
from San Francisco
Features: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Overall appearance/quality of camp: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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"We just returned from an amazing trip to New Zealand, which was also our honeymoon.
When planning the trip, I told international travel expert Jason Elkins at Orvis that we wanted a top-of-the-line lodge (rooms, food, wine, service), located near prime fishing locations and tourist spots like Doubtful Sound. We would spend two of ten days fishing, and the rest as honyemooners exploring the South Island.
Jason recommended Fijordlands Lodge -- and wow did he make the right call. We got the best of all worlds - 1) world class cooking, a great wine list, great all-around service and amazing views from any direction. 2) A central location to all the big tourist sites, and 3) Ron Peacock, lodge owner and 30-year fishing guide who put together two days of fishing that we'll never forget for the rest of our lives. Not only is Ron a great guide, but he is a joy to spend the day with. His enthusiasm is absolutely infectious -- you can tell that there is no place he'd rather be than showing you around the country he grew up in and spotting fish that you'd likely never see otherwise.
The first day of fishing came with horrendous storm of 30 knot winds and heavy rains. Because Ron knew the region so well, he picked perhaps the only spring creek in the area that could be fished on a day like that. He spotted dozens of fish and we caught several despite the weather.
On the second day, the conditions were sublime, so he put us on the Oreti River -- which is famous for large, picky browns. Again, Ron spotted fish in places I would have never even looked, and that resulted in a 7 and 9 pound brown (among others) caught on dry flies.
In short, if you are just headed to New Zealand for fishing, I would recommend Poronui Ranch or other locations near the Murchison area. But if you are looking for a lodge that provides a balance of higher-class food and service, and provides great tourist access, pick Fijordlands Lodge."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes