Murphy's Lodge

Motu, New Zealand

Murphy's Lodge is a small informal lodge with a warm friendly atmosphere; a fun place. Situated in a secluded high country valley within easy walking distance of one of the world's great "classic dry fly rivers" and the only river in New Zealand completely protected by law. The Lodge normally accommodates four guests and two guides, with the opportunity to accommodate six guests. The three guest accommodations each have ensuite private baths.  Dinner, bed and breakfast is included and lunches are provided when fishing. 

Not only is this location attractive for the world class dry fly and sighted brown trout fishing at its door, it is also within easy driving distance of many miles of some of  New Zealand's best quality fishing with both dries and nymphs.  Along with three other brown trout only rivers, there are five rainbow trout locations in the area. The latter are all top producers with one, the Ruakituri, having the largest river resident rainbows in New Zealand. It also contains large browns.

The Maori word Motu means isolated or severed/ cut off.  This area being a remote part of NZ is away from the crowds and main tourism routes. The fish are not small, every season both brown and rainbow of double digits are landed. The true average is three and half pounds.

 Many of the tributaries of these rainbow and trout rivers are small secluded streams running through private farms and sheep stations which as local residents the guides can access through the farm tracks with four-wheel drive vehicles.


Frank Murphy, the longest running president of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and his son Tony do the majority of the guiding for lodge guests.  Other guides are available if needed when the lodge is filled to capacity at six guests. 

Mornings begin with a substantial breakfast of local fresh fruits, cereals, eggs or whatever suits your appetite.  Lunches are provided and sent with your guide on fishing days.  At the end of the day you return to the lodge in time to freshen up a bit and relax with a cold beer or glass of Gisborne's finest wine and nibble on some freshly prepared hors d'oeuvres.  Dinners are also prepared with local produce, as Gisborne is known for it's warm sunny days and produces an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as being the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand. 

The Murphy's also own a small batch or cabin on the Ruakituri River which is available for use but must be booked well in advance due to its popularity and size.  For the biggest rainbow trout you've ever caught, this would be the place to do it.  A guide can go along with you for your stay here and if you'd like to combine a stay at the lodge with a day or two at the cabin, this too can be arranged.

Frank and Pam Murphy have been hosting guests at their home/lodge for over twenty years now and look forward to having you as their guest should you decide to venture off the beaten path and try your hand at some of the finest sighted dry fly fishing in New Zealand. 
You won't regret it!