Fishing in New Zealand is a popular sport, hobby and pastime. With lakes, rivers and ocean everywhere you look, fishing fanatics will be in their element.
You just have to go to any beach or wharf to see how popular fishing is in New Zealand. With more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline there’s a fish and a fishing spot with your name on it. If you’re up north you can expect to catch snapper, kingfish and tarakihi. In the far south, you’re looking at blue cod, trumpeter and grouper for your dinner. Snapper is the prized fish for most sea fishermen. Go snapping as they call it and you could be looking at a fish in excess of 10kg.
From December to June, it’s the big game fishing season. Head out on a charter from Russell or Tutukaka in Northland, or from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty and you can be chasing some seriously big fish including marlin, billfish, yellowfin tuna and kingfish.
New Zealand’s crystal clear rivers and lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing with rainbow and brown trout being found in rivers and lakes of both islands and sea-run salmon in the South Island. Lake Taupo, in particular, is world-renowned for trout fishing.
The majority of fishing waters are open between October and April and most trout fishing occurs between these warmer months. Some rivers and lakes remain open to anglers throughout the winter. Click here to find out which ones. To find out more about the New Zealand fishing year click here.
New Zealand has thousands of passionate fishing guides and fishing lodges. Just tell us what type of fishing you fancy and let us do the rest.
Something you may never have considered - Kite-Fishing. Combine a day at the beach with flying one or even several kites plus catch fish up to 2 kilometers offshore using an amazing fishing technique! This is a world-first tour created by TIME Unlimited Tours in Auckland.
Want to include some Lord of the Rings in your fishing experience? Visit The Lord of the Rings country to get some salmon fishing in. A great place to start and end your South Island fly-fishing holiday. The Canterbury region offers anglers plenty of choice. From the air, Christchurch's mosaic checkerboard farms and fields lead all the way up to the snow-capped Southern Alps. The area is drained by three large river systems; Rangitata, Rakaia, and Waimakariri, all known for their salmon fishing. Numerous smaller trout rivers and streams flow into these rivers, many of which played a role in the Middle-earth setting in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The spring-fed streams feeding into these systems in the high country are of particular interest for fly fishermen, as is Mt Cook, located further to the south. Christchurch is a popular location for anglers to begin and end their trip with. From here, it's easy to connect with roads that lead to the West Coast via Arthur's and Lewis Pass - a mecca of pristine rivers and streams.
Is your travel companion not as keen on fishing? Riverview Fly Fishing Lodge is a top New Zealand fishing lodge offering full accommodation. Professional fishing guides will help you catch the trophy brown trout of your lifetime and there are many rivers to fish. It is located 5 miles from Hanmer Springs where there are lots of activities for the non fisherperson including Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.
For a list of luxury fishing lodges throughout the country take a look here. We are happy to include any tours or lodges that you desire into your itinerary or we can surprise you!