After managing luxury lodges throughout Australia, John and Kate Kerr have built their own piece of paradise in the middle of Nelson fly-fishing country. Their luxury eco-lodge captures a magnificent view over the Motueka River, with a peep of Kahurangi National Park's Mt. Arthur thrown in. Off the national grid because of its independent energy systems, this is New Zealand's first Qualmark Enviro Gold–rated luxury lodge. The lofty wooden spaces, generous use of glass,
and river-stone pillars unite the lodge strongly with its remote setting. Guest rooms each have a balcony with extensive views, hand-crafted wooden furniture, and luxurious bathrooms—two with spa bath. Guest areas include the sunroom, lounge and dining area, Matai Bar, and games room. Dinner and breakfast inclusive. You can drive here, though helicopter is the more popular transport mode for most guests. While most come for the fishing, hosts Kate and John can arrange a host of other appealing attractions: Abel Tasman National Park, Lord of the Rings mountain movie locations; and Nelson's wineries, art studios, and restaurants are all within easy reach. Stonefly uses passive solar, hydro, and wind to generate power and heat. Minimum stay is two nights.