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Wanaka Fishing Experiences

Myriad options abound for those who enjoy the pursuit of the humble fish. You can access the backcountry by land, air or boat.


Explore the gin clear glacial rivers and streams that flow through the Wanaka region - some of the best rainbow and brown trout rivers in the world. Learn from expert local guides how to stalk and sight fish for wild Brown and Rainbow trout in the crystal clear waters that New Zealand is famous for. All levels of fly-fishing ability will be catered to through professional guidance with an emphasis on originality, uniqueness and fun.


The ultimate fishing experience starts with a spectacular helicopter flight over the Southern Alps before being dropped off with your private guide to explore the rivers and streams of a remote glacial valley. Heli-fishing allows you to access and fly-fish more remote rivers and streams; this is one of Wanaka's fly-fishing specialties. Wanaka is a gateway into the South-West World Heritage area with Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks and their wild rivers only minutes away. Many of these rivers are otherwise inaccessible and they are famed for large trout and salmon, which experience little angling pressure.


A unique Wanaka fishing experience, available to anglers of all levels, is drift fishing down the Clutha River. Drift boats allow us to access kilometres of the most pristine and trout-rich rivers in New Zealand. The gin clear waters in this beautiful part of the South Island need to be seen to be believed. From the boats you can easily sight trout and reel in a New Zealand Brown or Rainbow trout. Drift fishing for fly-fishermen is our specialty but we also have great success with spin fishing. Drifting through this part of the South Island's majestic wilderness is a fantastic experience for non-fishing partners too.


Explore Lake Wanaka while fishing aboard a luxurious launch. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned expert, we can arrange an exhilarating and beautifully scenic day of lake fishing. Troll, spin or jig fish aboard our luxury launch for Rainbow, Brown trout or Quinnat salmon. After the thrill of landing your catch, there is the option to have it filleted and cooked in front of you on the boat's portable barbeque. A dash of lemon, salt and pepper - no fish tastes more delicious than one fresh out of the lake. Trips are personalized to suit individuals, families or private groups.


Private fishing charters access the untouched West Coast waters of New Zealand's South Island. Local knowledge of these areas allows us to target species depending on the weather, the season and your preference. We target a wide variety of fish including: Tuna, Shark, Grouper, Blue Cod, Tarakihi, Trumpeter, Kahawai. Guiding and all fishing equipment provided.


Introduction to fly-fishing courses aim to develop the skills and knowledge you need to fly-fish confidently. People take up fly-fishing for a variety of reasons, whether it is fishing with friends in beautiful places, or the quiet solitude of a backcountry river. Wanaka offers several course options for all levels of ability, whether you have recently discovered fly-fishing or it has been a long held ambition. Learn all of this while enjoying your Wanaka holiday and leave with the enthusiasm to continue to fly fish.

Release offers unique and memorable experiences. Talk to us about creating an experience that combines your personal choice of the many world-class attractions and adventure opportunities within easy reach of your luxury Wanaka accommodation.

What our customers say

  • "We were so spoilt at Tiritiri that the rest of our honeymoon found it hard to compete. You made our time with you incredibly special, so that Tiritiri and Wanaka now hold a very special place in our hearts and memories. We look forward to being able to come back for a repeat visit. In the meantime, we're singing your praises to all our friends."

    Alex, BC, Canada

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