Camping out in tents or staying in Department of Conservation public huts are the only accommodation options available if spending multiple days in remote New Zealand fishing locations.
West Coast fishing destination: Much of the same scenery seen on the world famous “Trans-Alpine Train” journey can be seen on our journey from Canterbury to the West Coast.
East Coast fishing destination: This route takes us past the famous town of Hanmer Springs where the natural thermal therapeutic hot pools are located. It can easily be arranged have a meal and a relaxing swim in the pools on the way home if desired by the client.
Abundant native bird wildlife can be encountered if fishing a Western location. A highlight would have to be a likely encounter with the cheeky and highly intelligent Kea, New Zealand’s largest and very beautiful flying parrot. Other favorite birds to also encounter would be the native Bush Robin or the Fantail which are usually quite inquisitive of anglers and will venture very close and sometimes land on your fly rod. A rare glimpse of the New Zealand Falcon may be possible in eastern regions but generally abundant sheep, cattle, deer and dairy farms are the norm to be seen.
Prices are current for the 2023/2024 fishing season and are listed in New Zealand (NZ) dollars.
Max capacity is 3 persons plus your guide. See Pricing page for full list of what is included.
Multi-day trip locations are found in Canterbury and the closer West Coast locations (up to 4 hours drive)
Single day trips can utilise tracks closer to Christchurch if suitable weather is encountered.
A Personal Locator Beacon (P.L.B.) is always carried by the guide when travelling to remote locations.
Please note that we consistently practice "Catch and Release" (refer "Key Fishing Information")
On booking your trip if your guide thinks there may be a better option based on the time of day, year, weather or any other factor you will have the option of altering your choice either at the time of booking or in some cases even on the day if you so choose. For example if you are very interested in ecology and local scenery the trip duration and time of year may mean that the West Coast or Canterbury High Country will provide you with a more "kiwi nature" focused experience. Just tell us what you want from the trip and we can tailor standard packages or when desired make it totally custom.
The headwaters of some remote rivers can only be accessed via very rough private farm or Department of Conservation (D.O.C.) access tracks which a standard four-wheel drive vehicle (4WD) would most likely not consider attempting to drive. The use of a helicopter, a capable off-road 4WD, quad bikes, mountain bikes or a long walk is often the only means of a fisherman getting to these locations. We use both a modified off-road 4WD Suzuki Jeep and a capable Nissan Terrano/Pathfinder truck to access these fishing waters.
Four-wheel driving a rough/muddy access track often adds to the excitement of the trip and can allow anglers to reach less pressured waters. It is getting harder to find unpressured areas accessible by a vehicle these days, however we have a variety of different locations available on both the East and West Coasts which can be driven to. Many of the tracks driven to access more remote fishing grounds are quite rough but can usually be driven without the use of winches or other recovery gear. Appropriate recovery equipment and safety gear including an emergency locator beacon (E.P.I.R.B.) is always carried when travelling to all remote locations.