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Fishing > Fresh Water

Freshwater-Fishing

Anglers from all over the world have classed New Zealand as an Angling Paradise. It hosts some of the best wild Brown and Rainbow trout fishing in the world, the foundations of which were formed over 100 years ago with the introduction of fish from America and Tasmania. Today trout fishing is an extremely popular sport in the country.

The North and South Islands of New Zealand offer excellent fishing. Most of the crystal clear streams, springs and creeks, stunning rivers and pure blue lakes hold large populations of Brown and Rainbow trout. Each year many trophy fish in excess of ten pounds are taken.

Rainbow and Brown Trout

  • The Rainbow trout originates from the Russian River in California.

  • Brown trout were introduced from Tasmania.

  • Both species are extremely widespread. Fishing areas such as Rotorua and Taupo in the North Island. Northern, Central and Southern South Island are very popular.

  • Winter season is from April to October.

  • Summer season from October to April.

  • Spawning runs are between May and September.

  • In general, catches average 3-5 pounds, trophy fish over 10 pounds are not uncommon.

  • Allow two days for this experience.

Fishing Conditions

Most fishing locations are relatively easy to access, but if you really want trophy fish and the excitement of stalking these wily trout, you need to go “back country”. A reasonable standard of fitness is required for these expeditions.

Fishing techniques

Dry Fly, wet fly and nymph fishing are the most common methods for fishing in all regions. Methods of fishing and styles can vary from district to district. Spinning, harling, down rigging and streamer fishing are very successful in the Central North Island lake areas of Taupo and Rotorua.

Equipment and supplies

We recommend layered clothing suitable for sudden weather changes. Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat especially during the summer months. For stream fishing, felt-sole boots and lightweight waders are recommended.

Guides

We recommend employing guides for obvious reasons and there are number of full time professional fishing guides available. New Zealand is a wild trout fishery and the emphasis is very much on quality rather than quantity. Experienced guides know the moods of local rivers and the weather trends. They provide advice and will help you adjust your techniques for success. They often have access arrangements to private property and will provide all transport requirements.

Boat fishing

Most lakes are fished all year round and provide excellent sport. Trolling on the larger lakes, using lures and flies is the preferred method for catching trout.  Boats range from 14ft to 52ft launches and can cater for larger groups; some charters offer an overnight experience. Skippers will supply all fishing gear and offer expert advice and knowledge of the area.

Tackle

Weight 6-8 fly rods with floating and sink tips are recommended for most regions.
Most guides provide all fishing equipment and are aware of the local fishing regulations and limits.

Fishing Licenses

Licenses are available throughout New Zealand and can be obtained from fishing guides, lodges, visitor centers and charter boat operators. Fishing licenses may be used in any area of New Zealand except Lake Taupo. To fish Lake Taupo or one of the regions streams you must buy a local license.

Costs

Charges for a guide vary depending on the service and include transport, equipment and refreshments. Most guides offer half day or full day fishing trips.  There are additional fees for helicopter or raft-fishing tours. Prices for boat fishing are dependent on the size and facilities of the launch and the time taken.

 

Aroha New Zealand Tours chooses only the best fishing guides in this country.

Central North Island

Graig Farrar - Dream Trout New Zealand: www.dreamtrout.com
Blarney Lodge - Rotorua: www.blarneylodge.co.nz

Tarata - Taihape: www.tarata.co.nz
Facelita
- Taupo: www.fishcruisetaupo.co.nz
Tongariro Lodge - Taupo: www.tongarirolodge.co.nz
Mairenui Rural Retreat - Mangaweka: www.mairenui.co.nz

North Canterbury:
Riverview Lodge - Hanmer Springs: www.riverviewlodgenz.com

 

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