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Accommodations: Deluxe for up to 8 anglers

Dates: Mid-November - April

Family: The Fly Shop Travel

Length of Stay : One Week - Shorter Stays Available

Location: South Island, New Zealand

Phone for reservations: 800-410-1222 ask for Gary or Paul

Price: $6,200 pp dbl occ

Species: Trophy Trout



Fraser's Cedar Lodge - New Zealand
Fraser's Cedar Lodge - New Zealand

South Island fly fishing Mecca is #1 heli-fishing experience
CEDAR LODGE IS LOCATED on New Zealand's South Island, about 90 minutes northeast of the resort community of Queenstown. The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps surround the Makarora Valley and the cozy lodge that has hosted the most illustrious names in fly fishing for nearly twenty-five years.

The owner and host at Cedar, Dick Fraser, is an expert bush pilot with 28 years flying experience; most of those aerial hours have been logged flying anglers into the remote fishing near his home.

All the water of New Zealand is open to the public, but Fraser, using his Robinson Raven II helicopter, can be on water in minutes that seldom sees anyone but Cedar guests. There are, in fact, more than two dozen blue ribbon streams and rivers within easy striking distance, fisheries with enough diversity to appeal to any angler.

The Fishing
New Zealand fly fishing is like no experience will have with a fly rod. Though large numbers of fish are not uncommon, what is more likely are numbers of large fish. Casting skills are important – accuracy more so than distance - and proper presentation is usually the only necessary key to success.

All the water of New Zealand is open to the public, but Fraser, using his Robinson Raven II helicopter, can be on water in minutes that seldom sees anyone but Cedar guests. There are, in fact, more than two dozen blue ribbon streams and rivers within easy striking distance, fisheries with enough diversity to appeal to any angler.

Fly selection isn't critical as these often huge trout rise aggressively to any number of dry flies. Nymphs are devastatingly effective, and streamers are occasionally the answer to the trophy trout that swim in most of the huge, deep pools.

Heli-fishing with Cedar Lodge is trophy trout hunting like no other.

The Lodge & Food
CEDAR LODGE'S 5-ACRE property lies astride the banks of the Makarora River, dead-center in the Southern Alps and is bounded by the majestic Mount Aspiring National Park.

There are 4 spacious and comfortable double occupancy rooms, connected to the main lodge with a breezeway. The rooms have recently been remodeled and feature en suite, full bathrooms, comfortable beds, and offer plenty of space to unpack and organize your gear. The large picture windows in the rooms afford amazing views of the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park.

Gourmet delights are created by the Mother and Daughter team of Robyn and Juliet Fraser, and feature the very best "clean and green" produce New Zealand has to offer. You'll dine on world famous Lamb and Venison, fresh seafood from NZ's bountiful ocean, farm fresh vegetables, fruits freshly picked, and exotic desserts that are to die for!

Your evening dining might begin with New Zealand King Prawns - stir fried in lime oil and served on Udon noodles, topped with a red pepper sauce…followed by the main course - French Cut Venison Rack served rare on a bed of garlic mash with a redcurrant jus accompanied by a medley of fresh seasonal vegetables…and your delectable dessert - decadent, smooth as velvet, Lemon Crème served in a demi-tasse with coconut praline on the side.

As always, each meal is complemented with a selection of award winning New Zealand wines from legendary wineries such as Matua Valley, Villa Maria, Kim Crawford, Church Road, Akarua, and Two Paddocks.

To Book
Package Cost: The cost of the week-long Fraser's Cedar Lodge package is $6,200 pp dbl occ. All rates inclusive of New Zealand Government Tax of 12.5%. Shorter stay rates available.

Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Fraser's Cedar lodge is round trip flight transfers between Anchorage and the lodge, daily jet boat access to four area rivers, personal guide for each 2-3 guests, fly fishing lessons, fishing licenses, leaders, flies, and all meals including beer, wine and soft drinks.

Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Fraser's Cedar Lodge are hard alcohol, fishing gear other than flies and leaders (though this can be arranged for, upon request), staff gratuities and items of a personal nature.


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