April 2014: Fresh water fishing in New Zealand

To passionate anglers the thought of fishing New Zealand’s crystal clear rivers and lakes is enough to get their hearts fluttering.

Spring Creek fly fishing, West Coast

New Zealand offers exceptional fishing all year round and along with experienced guides and spectacular scenery, the country lives up to its status as a premium fishing destination.

Click here to learn more about favourite local rivers, their tributaries and all the access points.

Three to four pounds is the average size of trout, however landing a 10 pound specimen is not too uncommon. Although most avid fly fishermen and women practice catch and release, if your clients do wish to sample local Rainbow and Brown trout they can take their catch to a restaurant chef and request it to be cooked. Your clients must take their fishing licence as proof that they really did catch it, as trout is not available to purchase in restaurants and markets.

Whether your clients are novices or experienced anglers, New Zealand has a waterway to suit their needs and experience - find out more here.

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The Tongariro River is one of the most famous fly fishing river in New Zealand. Every year over 50 thousand prime-conditioned trout migrate up this river from Lake Taupo, providing truly amazing year-round fly fishing opportunity.

Nestled in the secluded Taharua valley, approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Taupo, Poronui is a luxury wilderness lodge preferred by the world’s most discerning fishermen. Forbes Magazine has listed Poronui in their top ten fishing destinations worldwide. What makes dry fly fishing at Poronui so special is the convenient access to so many of New Zealand's best quality fishing waters and guides. The property has almost 25 miles of water. The Taharua - a spring creek - meanders down the valley, while the Mohaka River - a tumbling freestone stream - wraps itself around one boundary. Poronui offers guests three accommodation options: the Legendary Lodge, luxury camping down by the Mohaka River at Safari Camp and stately Blake House.

Tongariro Lodge
Tongariro Lodge is New Zealand's most iconic trout fishing lodge, situated on the banks of the legendary Tongariro River on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. Set on 22 acres of park like grounds, guests are accommodated in private and exclusive 1 to 3 bedroom villas. Tongariro Lodge’s guiding operation is one of New Zealand’s most experienced fly-fishing outfitters, providing access to over 40 rivers and 3 lakes.

Chris Jolly Outdoors - Taupo
Chris Jolly Outdoors' specialist fly fishing guides have the local knowledge and expertise to show the experienced angler how and where to fulfil their dreams of catching a Rainbow or Brown Trout. Whether your clients are novices or long-time fishermen Chris Jolly Outdoors will ensure they enjoy their Taupo fly fishing experience. The following fly fishing packages are available: tuition, half and full day guided fly fishing, full day guided rafting and fly fishing, and wilderness heli-fly fishing.

Chris Jolly Outdoors also offers fishing on Lake Taupo and have been taking clients fishing on the lake for more than 30 years. All charter boats come equipped with galley, full bar facilities, fishing gear, music systems, flush toilets, lounge style cabins and safety equipment. Their friendly and professional staff will ensure your clients have the trip of a lifetime.  Trout averages about 4 pounds and a typical excursion on the lake will see the crew prepare your clients catch for a delicious snack either barbequed or sashimi style.

Helipro Rotorua – Wilderness Fly Fishing
Your clients will be transported by helicopter to one of the regions many secluded rivers for a full days fishing action. Both rainbow and brown trout can be sighted in the crystal clear streams, challenging your client’s skills with a dry-fly or nymph tackle. This is the angling experience of a lifetime. ‘Catch and release’ is the practice; however there are always great photo opportunities. Apart from the fishing, the scenery and scale of the landscape is simply quite stunning. Your clients can choose guided and un-guided fishing trips.


The Rai River is well populated with both Brown and Rainbow trout and is often referred to as a ‘Purist’s River’. Other popular rivers in the region include Motueka River and Buller River.

Stonefly Lodge
Stonefly Lodge is 50 minutes’ drive from Nelson, overlooking the Motueka River, centrally located between three of New Zealand’s great National Parks. Situated within an exclusive private forest and built from local stone and timber, Stonefly Lodge offers an exceptional luxury experience for the discerning traveller. Stonefly Lodge offers fishing guides, heli-fishing and extended overnight trips (staying in remote high country huts).

Lake Rotoroa Lodge
Lake Rotoroa Lodge is nestled in the northern extremity of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, surrounded by the forest fairyland of Nelson Lakes National Park, with more than 22 rivers accessible by car and helicopter. From the lodge's lakeside location guests look to the towering peaks of the Travers Range, splendour matched only by the quality and ambience of the lodge itself. The lodge provides luxurious facilities coupled with old world charm and relaxed personal attention.
Their experienced local guides will ensure your clients have a memorable holiday.


For a great holiday snap you clients might like to get a photo with the giant Brown trout in Gore.

Fish Jet, Te Anau
Combining two classic kiwi experiences, Fish Jet delivers an extraordinary adventure perfect for families, curious first timers and experienced fisher folk alike. Guests can relax as they drift down the majestic Waiau River, fishing for some of the best Rainbow and Brown trout New Zealand has to offer. Included in the trip is a return jet boat ride up the Waiau River, alongside the stunning and remote Fiordland National Park and Kepler Track. No fishing experience is required and most importantly it's incredible fun.

Cedar Lodge
With more than 30 years of heli-fishing experience exclusively in the South Island region, the award-winning Cedar Lodge is considered one of the South Island’s premier fly fishing lodge. Their guided vacation packages are tailored to make your clients feel at home on the South Island while putting them in front of wild trout on New Zealand’s most picturesque and exotic waters. Over the years Cedar Lodge has been recognized in such premiere publications such as National Geographic and 50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. Their helicopter accesses more destinations, requires less travel time, and provides your clients with much more time to fish on the region’s best waters. Cedar Lodge is one hours’ drive from Lake Wanaka and two hours’ drive from Queenstown.

Nokomai Valley Lodge
Nokomai Valley Lodge is situated on Nokomai Station, a large high country sheep and cattle station one hour south of Queenstown in Northern Southland. There are 25 great fishing areas within an hours drive including the Oreti, Waikaia, Aparima, and the Mighty Mataura rivers. The Mataura flows for 20kms through Nokomai and is only 2 mins from the accommodation. This river has it all; gentle access, clear water, plenty of good sized fish and the famous Mataura Rise (mayfly hatch). The lodge has four comfortable modern cottages catering especially for the fly fishermen. There is an option for your clients to self-cater or pre order tasty country style meals in the dining room.