Fishing Trips in the South Island of New Zealand
Imagine travelling through New Zealand's spectacular scenery, stopping to enjoy the challenge of a trophy catch. No wonder fishing is an especially addictive sport in New Zealand!
Travellers come from all over the globe to experience the great outdoors, Kiwi style. And if you're a fishing addict you already know that New Zealand has some of the best fishing you'll find anywhere. The rivers, streams, lakes and clean coastal waters are famous among anglers around the world.
Especially noteworthy are the waters of New Zealand's South Island, which has good stocks of trophy salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and a range of saltwater species.
The South Island is justly famed for its scenery and tourist attractions too. You'll discover diverse landscapes - lush rainforests, snowy mountaintops, dramatic fiords and inviting sandy beaches are all part of this unique land.
Not much beats a great fishing trip combined with sightseeing in a beautiful New Zealand island. So get down South and go fishing!
See Brown Trout Fly Fishing on South Island Rivers
Fish and Explore Canterbury
Canterbury is a large province with a long coastline perfect for sightseeing and for fishing. As well as beaches the province boasts many lakes, valleys and waterways ready to fish in season. In particular the Rakaia River is famed for its rainbow trout, sea-run brown trout and salmon. Not far south are the Rangitata and Ashburton rivers, popular for salmon and trout fishing. Don't neglect to go further inland to fish the wild Mackenzie Country.
The main city in Canterbury is Christchurch, also known as The Garden City for its trees, parks and gardens. This greenery enhances both the English settler ambience and the modern-day cosmopolitan atmosphere of the central city. It is also well known for its recent seismic activity, which has certainly changed the urban landscape. But the surrounding waters are mercifully unscathed and ready for anglers.
Christchurch is a great base from which to access the long beaches of the coastline as well as the the inland lakes, rivers, valleys and mountains. Close by is Banks Peninsula and also the many wineries of the Canterbury Plains.
The photo above shows the West Canterbury ranges. This area, close to the famous limestone rock formations of Castle Hill, is great for guided flyfishing. The Castle Hill Alpine Village is a great place to stay while you're in the area.
Coarse fishing enthusiasts will appreciate a visit north of Christchurch to the Kaiapoi Lakes, Rotokahatau Lake and Monopolies Pond for year round access to catches such as tench and perch.
The photo below shows some of the coastline along Canterbury, just north of Christchurch city. You'll usually see anglers surf casting on the beach here.
North Canterbury Coastline, great for surfcasting
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Canterbury and Christchurch Accommodation and Attractions - Some links to get you started finding somewhere to stay and things to do in and around Christchurch.
- Canterbury New Zealand Tourist Attractions : Activities in Canterbury New Zealand
Canterbury, New Zealand tourist attractions and activities to suit all budgets. View our selection of attractions and activities in Canterbury, New Zealand.
- Christchurch Motel Accommodation, Affordable Accommodation Christchurch City, Apartment Accommodatio
Christchurch motel accommodation & apartment accommodation, City Central Motel Apartments provides quality affordable accommodation in Christchurch city. This Christchurch city apartment accommodation offer guests a variety of accommodation.
- Rainbow Trout Fishing South Canterbury
Rainbow Trout Fishing South Canterbury, Hello and welcome!Come join us and let us show you some of the magnificent area in which we live, work and play. Fish amongst towering snow capped mountains, through sheer valleys and on open flood plains or on
- Rakaia River Salmon Fishing - Canterbury
Salmon fishing on the Rakaia River, Canterbury, South Island of New Zealand, also brown trout and searun brown trout.
Guided Flyfishing in the Mid-Canterbury Ranges
Fly Fishing With Guide Declan Wong in the Mackenzie Country, NZ
Fish and Explore North Canterbury and Kaikoura
When you're ready for a taste of saltwater, travel further north along Canterbury's coast for deep sea fishing or surf casting. The Kaikoura coastline boasts rich waters that offer grouper (known locally as hapuku), albacore tuna and blue cod.
Kaikoura is a great place to kick back and enjoy the local attractions. There's plenty of accommodation here and lots to do. If you're not done with the sea after your day's fishing you could treat yourself to a Whale Watch boat trip.
Make sure you enjoy a fresh crayfish meal in the Kaikoura township or at one of the superb roadside stalls near the seal colony. But we all know that nothing beats serving up your own catch of the day to family and friends!
Kaikoura Accommodation and Attractions - Some links to get you started finding somewhere to stay and things to do in Kaikoura.
- Kaikoura New Zealand Accommodation Attractions - Kaikoura Information and Tourism
The official visitors guide and travel planner for Kaikoura New Zealand - whale watching, dolphin and seal swimming, accommodation, tours and transport, eco-tourism and adventure activities, art and history, wining and dining.
- Historic Fyffe House
Visit the oldest building in Kaikoura.
- Sea Kayak Kaikoura, Kayak Hire, Kaikoura Wildlife, Kayak School, Kaikoura New Zealand
Experience the eco tourism wonderland of Kaikoura on one of Kaikoura Kayaks fantastic kayaking tours. Get up close with Kaikoura's fascinating wildlife - including dolphins and seals. Kaikoura Kayaks offer eco-friendly, fun, hassle free kayaking trip
- Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park
Spend up to two hours on horse back exploring native bush, riverbeds and farmland. A variety of rides to suit all levels.
- Whale Watch - Kaikoura - New Zealand
Whale Watch Kaikoura, Whale Watch New Zealand, Our Tour Experience, New Zealand Whale Watching Experience. Ultimate marine adventure, Come face to face with the giant sperm whale and other marine mammals.
- Welcome to Kaikoura Fishing Charters
Takapu Kaikoura Fishing Charters
Kaikoura Saltwater Fishing Using a Bicycle
Someone had success with this ingenious method of saltwater fishing on the Kaikoura Coast.
Chefs in Kaikoura Fishing for Crayfish (Lobster)
Chefs Al Brown and Steve Logan are famed for their fantastic tv series Hunger For the Wild. This is a snippet of the episode where they catch crays in Kaikoura. Prepare to be inspired. This could be you!
See More of Kaikoura
Central South Island - New Zealand's most popular fishing spot?
Central South Island is indeed New Zealand's most popular fishing destination according to a late 2009 national angling survey reported in the Otago Daily Times (http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/central-otago/730...
The survey designates the Central South Island area as beginning at the Rakaia River in Canterbury and ending down at Katiki beach in north Otago. The area extends from the coast inland as far as the Southern Alps.
It should be noted that Lake Taupo in the North Island is excluded from the survey as that area is administered separately. However the statistics show that people can't get enough of fishing in the South Island!
There were 1,202,400 registered angling days in NZ over the 2007-2008 season. Out of all the areas in New Zealand, each of the top five were in the South Island. The Central South Island claimed 20.1% of New Zealand's total fishing days, then Otago at 17.9%. Eastern South Island and North Canterbury come in next, fairly close at 17.4% and 16.3% respectively. The fifth most popular fishing area was Southland at 11.3% of New Zealand's total fishing days.
Definitely time to plan your South Island fishing trip!
Hunting South Island Trout
Fish and Explore Otago
In Otago there is a good choice of rivers and lakes suitable for beginners and anyone ready for a challenge. Try the large, fast-flowing Clutha River for large numbers of trout and good catch rates. While you're in the area, make sure you explore the wild and beautiful Catlins area further south.
Just north of the Clutha River is the oldest city in New Zealand - Dunedin. The city has a strong Scottish heritage, and the preservation of its Edwardian and Victorian architecture adds to its historic charm. Dunedin is a university town, and its repulation for art, design, fashion and creativity is fostered by the large student population.
Close by is the beautiful Otago Peninsula, where you can see a lot of coastal wildlife such as the rare Yellow-Eyed penguin. The peninsula is also home to the only mainland breeding colony of Royal albatross in the southern hemisphere.
Further inland the glacial Lake Wanaka and Lake Wakitipu are home to great fishing and fantastic scenery, as well as to the famous Wanaka and Queenstown tourist attractions.
Otago Fly Fishing Trip - brown and rainbow trout
A trip that starts in Tucson USA and passes through Lumsden, Gore, Queenstown and Lake Wakitipu.
Scenic South Island - YouTube Slideshow
Otago Accommodation and Attractions - Some links to get you started finding somewhere to stay and things to do in Otago.
- Fishing for salmon in Otago Harbour
Fishing for salmon on rod and reel in Otago Harbour near Dunedin City by boats or from the wharves
- Otago Accommodation Holiday Homes B&B Accommodation, Otago New Zealand NZ
Otago Accommodation in New Zealand NZ featuring Otago Holiday Homes and Bed & Breakfast B&B vacation rentals accommodation, including: Self Contained Holiday House Otago Accommodation, rental cottages, luxury lodges & boutique lodging sel
- Otago Deep Sea Fishing New Zealand, Otago Big Game Fishing New Zealand
Otago deep sea fishing and Otago big game fishing charters in New Zealand. Otago game fishing and sea fishing caters to all levels of skill and experience. Deep sea fishing and big game fishing in Otago, New Zealand. Go deep sea fishing or big game f
- Dean Whaanga, Professional Trout Fishing Guide
Dean's Otago Trout Fishing guides you through a fisherman's paradise.
New Zealand Fishing Books
Watch the South Island Trout Stalkers
Nile River, near Punakaiki, West Coast New Zealand
Explore More Great South Island Fishing Spots
There's so much more fishing to be done in the South Island, whether on the shoreline, on the lakes or deep in the island's valleys. It goes without saying that great fishing and great sightseeing go together here. Make sure you visit the Motueka River, the Nelson Lakes and the Marlborough Sounds near the top of the South Island.
From Nelson and Marlborough make your way down the wild West Coast of the island, where the Buller and Grey rivers offer excellent catches. The scenery is stunning too - don't miss a drive down the famous coastal highway between Westport and Punakaiki.
Don't forget to travel inland from the West Coast to Murchison and further south to Lake Brunner. Both spots are known for their rugged beauty and for good fly fishing.
Down in the far south is famous Fiordland. Here anglers won't regret a visit to the remote and beautiful Hollyford River near Milford Sound.
The photo above is from the Nile River, near Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island.
Coastal Highway Between Westport and Punakaiki
Pororari River, West Coast
West Coast, Nelson, Fiordland Accommodation and Attractions - Find things to do and places to stay in the South Island
- Tourism West Coast
Discover the West Coast of New Zealand.
- West Coast Fly Fishing Guide
Fly fishing guide Russell Hansen. Wild Brown Trout Country. South Island, New Zealand.
- Fly Fishing Murchison West Coast South Island New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide Lindsay White
Fly Fishing with guide Lindsay White.
- Guided fishing for wild trout in New Zealand's Southern Lakes & West Coast
Fishing adventures for fly fishermen. Guided fishing trips for wild brown trout in New Zealand. Helicopter access available to remote areas. These fishing safaris run all year round.
- Nelson Fishing Trip NZ, Nelson Fishing Charters New Zealand
Nelson freshwater fishing in Nelson's clean rivers and lakes. Join a freshwater fishing guide on an Nelson freshwater fishing trip and try your hand at fly fishing, trout fishing, salmon fishing or a range of other freshwater fish species.
- Accommodation in Southland and Fiordland
New Zealand, Fiordland and Southland hotels, apartments, lodges and motels.
- The Anau Freshwater Fishing NZ, Manapouri Fly Salmon and Trout Fishing New Zealand
The Anau freshwater fishing. Join a freshwater fishing guide on a The Anau freshwater fishing trip and try your hand at fly fishing, trout fishing, salmon fishing or a range of other The Anau freshwater fish species. Fly fishing, salmon fishing and t
- Fiordland Fishing Guides
Listings of Fiordland fishing guides
- Southland Fishing Guides-Southland Fishing Guides-nzfishing
Southland Fly Fishing Guides: Find a fishing guide who specialises in trout and salmon fishing in the Southland region of New Zealand