Christchurch - Auckland

Fly total time: 10 days

Let your clients experience some of the best fly fishing in the world and enjoy stunning scenery and a range of other activities on the same trip.

Remember if your clients want to bring fishing gear from home ensure its thoroughly cleaned.
To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.
New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.
Here are some suggestions:
  • Day 1: Christchurch

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    Arrive in Christchurch and enjoy a leisurely day exploring this changing, vibrant city.  Take in the sights, sample the local food and wine and browse the shops.

    Recommended activities:

    • For a memorable wildlife experience within minutes of arrival visit the International Antarctic Centre or the Willowbank Wildlife Centre.  Both are located just a kilometre from the airport
    • Head into central Christchurch for some local history at the beautiful heritage building of the Canterbury Museum
    • Take an inner city bus tour from the museum to look at the rebuild after the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2010-11
    • Stretch your legs with a leisurely walk through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.  Or punt through the gardens by boat on the beautiful Avon River with Welcome Aboard
    • Take a trip on the historic Christchurch Tram
    • Shop in the central city and experience the boutique shops in heritage New Regent Street or the funky pop up Re:START village project in Cashel Mall
    • For a stunning view of Canterbury head up the Christchurch Gondola
  • Day 2 and 3: Christchurch - Hokitika

    Drive Fly 3 hours 30 minutes 281 KMS 174 MI

    Your client has two options to get to Hokitika:

    Option 1: Pick up a rental car from Christchurch Airport and drive to Greymouth via Arthur’s Pass in around 4 hours.
    Option 2: Catch the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth in the morning and collect a rental car there at around 1:00pm. Drive 50 minutes north of Greymouth to visit the natural geological wonder of Punakaiki Pancake Rocks or stay and explore Greymouth instead.
    Access the fishing paradise of West Coast rivers and lakes around Reefton and Lake Brunner with the help of a guide.  They can also help with a fishing licence, compulsory on any fishing trip.  Fly in by helicopter or go by land and after a day’s fishing stay overnight in Reefton or Lake Brunner.

    Recommended activities:

    The West Coast offers uncrowded fishing spots that provide an ideal opportunity to challenge any client’s fly fishing skills. Fly fish the 'trophy' rivers around Reefton or visit Lake Brunner for some of the best year round brown trout fishing in the South Island.  Take a gourmet packed lunch with or visit a local café or pub.
    Hang up the fishing rod and enjoy some other activities such as:
  • Day 4: Hokitika - Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier

    Drive Fly 1 hour and 54 minutes (to Fox Glacier) 157 KMS 97 MI

    Drive to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

    Glacier Country is best known for year round guided glacier walks and scenic flights by helicopter or fixed wing, with or without snow landings

    Recommended activities:

  • Day 5: Fox Glacier - Queenstown

    Drive Fly 4 hours 329 KMS 204 MI
    Today your clients will drive from Franz Josef to Wanaka or Queenstown. This drive will take approximately 5 – 6 hours, depending where they are driving from.
    Base your clients in the spectacular alpine village of Queenstown for the next two nights. This year round lakeside resort offers a fantastic range of recreational and lifestyle activities to suit every client. 

    Recommended activities:

    Queenstown is outdoor adventure heaven.  Most activities can be enjoyed all year round with the snow sport season from June to early October.  There’s also plenty of opportunities to relax with top quality local food and wine experiences.
    • Adventure activities include bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting and ziplining
    • For snow enthusiasts head up to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables skifields, just 30-40 minute by car or shuttle.  Further afield, Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields near Wanaka are just an hour by car or shuttle (season mid June to mid October, varing by year and field)
    • Enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu on a boat cruise and visit a high country station
    • Take a tour and check out some of the stunning locations featured in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies
    • Enjoy world class golf courses including Jack’s Point, Millbrook and The Hills
    • Take a wine tour to get a taste of the region’s 75 wineries
    • Grab a bike and go cycling – options are available to suit everyone, including cycling on the Queenstown Trail, mountain biking and heli biking
    • Ride the gondola and enjoy spectacular views from the Skyline complex on Bob’s Peak
  • Day 6: Queenstown

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    Go fishing or enjoy some of the other activities on offer in the Queenstown area.

    Recommended activities:

    • Hire a local guide to take your clients fishing on the lake or one of many nearby rivers
    • Get to those remote places in New Zealand by heli-fishing. Discover an untouched river where you can fish uninterrupted all day
    • Charter a fishing boat and head out on one of the local lakes to spend an unforgettable day reeling in fish and relaxing on the water amidst stunning mountain scenery

    Go to the Queenstown website to find out more about Fly Fishing in Queenstown.

    • Refer to Day 5 activities also
  • Day 7: Queenstown - Te Anau

    Drive Fly 2 hours and 30 minutes 171 KMS 106 MI
    Drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in around 2.5 hours.
    Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound, Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound.  It’s also home to the Te Anau Glow-worm Caves accessed by boat across the lake.

    Recommended activities:

    • Visit the Te Anau Glow-worm Caves
    • Take a scenic flight on a fixed wing plane or helicopter to see the area
    • Visit Fiordland Cinema to watch “Ata Whenua - Shadowland”
  • Day 8 and 9: Te Anau

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    Enjoy guided wilderness fishing in Fiordland from Te Anau with the option of other local activities.

    Lakes Te Anau & Manapouri are famous for brown and rainbow trout weighing from 1 to 3 kgs. Local guides offer useful local knowledge including advice on the best location and techniques to catch the perfect fish.

    Recommended activities:

    For a break from fishing consider:  
  • Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown, Christchurch or Auckland departure

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    Spend the day getting ready to leave New Zealand. Drive back from Te Anau to Queenstown Airport (approximately 2.5 hours drive) to connect with your flight or flights out of New Zealand.