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New Zealand offers anglers some of the most spectacular and pristine water imaginable.


On the eastern side of the Southern Alps, the rivers run from their narrow headwaters into wider, braided streams flowing through high alpine valleys surrounded by high peaks. These rivers hold wild rainbow and brown trout and the fish are known for their strength and fight as a result of their cold, fast flowing alpine environment. The region and its rivers provide an incredible landscape in which to spend a day of wilderness fishing.

A privately owned 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness provides guests with exclusive access to prime fishing rivers in the Southern Alps. In addition to this, independent concessions to fish on conservation lands covering some four million acres including National Parks and world heritage areas. Oxygen and nutrient rich glacier fed alpine streams and rivers produce fish that are in strong condition ensuring that setting the hook is only half the challenge. Gin-clear water allows early spotting of fish. This clarity however means that whilst anglers can see the fish, the fish can also see the angler. Spot and stalk is the method of choice and by far the most exciting. Anglers often use dry fly, streamer and nymph techniques on the same stretch of water.

South Island river fishing opens at the beginning of October and runs through to the end of April. This season is characterised by distinct periods which present quite different fishing conditions and challenges to the angler. Most of the major lakes can be fished on a year round basis with varying levels of activity.


  • Private return helicopter charter
  • Professional guide
  • Fully catered gourmet picnic lunch

Time Required: Allow a full day, timings depending on weather and water conditions
Landings: Multiple
Fishing Licences: We can assist with licenses and all aspects of your wilderness fishing experience. The additional cost per license is $NZD 305 per person.
Equipment Hire Available: Yes
Fitness Level Required: Medium
Guide Ratio: 1 Guide to 2 Anglers max


From $NZD 13,450 per charter (Squirrel helicopter) and $NZD 9,450 (MD500 helicopter). Departures from Wanaka and Queenstown.

Heli Charter
Pro Guide
Gourmet Lunch
1 Day
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