South Island Location
John Gendall’s South Island New Zealand fly fishing is based in the small alpine village of St Arnaud, which is on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, the gateway to the stunning Nelson Lakes National Park at the northern tip of the South Island. The base is only an hour’s drive from Nelson and Blenhiem.
Located in a completely private native alpine forest, our South Island New Zealand fly fishing lodge overlooks the Black Valley Stream, a spawning tributary. All around, our property is framed by the surrounding mountains. The lodge itself is situated to the right as you come into St Arnaud on State Highway 63 from the east.
Directions From Picton and Blenhiem
From Picton, take Highway 1 to Blenhiem. Turn right onto Highway 6. Signposts will show Nelson/West Coast. Take Highway 6 to Renwick, then Highway 63 to St Arnaud. Welcome to the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island!
Directions From Nelson
If leaving Nelson, take Highway 6 South. Signposts will show Murchison/West Coast. After about a 50 minute drive from Nelson, you will come to Kawatiri Junction were Highway 6 and 63 meet. St Arnaud is sign posted to your left. Turn left on to Highway 63 and follow the signs to St Arnaud. The lodge is located on the left just as you come through St Arnaud on State Highway 63.