Experience the Worlds Best Fly-Fishing
South Island, New Zealand with your guide Matt Butler
Come explore New Zealand, the worlds ultimate fly fishing destination. Experience the unmatched quality of walk and stalk style sight-fishing for both Brown and Rainbow trout in amazing, gin clear rivers and streams. Its not just the size of the trout that draws keen anglers to NZ, it’s the challenge of “trout-hunting” amongst spectacular landscapes.
Your guide, Matt Butler is a member of the NZPFGA and uses his many years of experience and essential local knowledge to help you find the fish and the best conditions for the day. Matt also puts strong emphasis on your skills and technique, making sure you go away from the day not just a better angler but with the advice required to give you the best possible chance at hooking yourself a famous New Zealand trout!
Whether you are a seasoned expert or it’s your first time fly fishing , your trip is tailored to your needs and desires to ensure you get the most out of your day. Just get in touch below and below and let us know how we can make your fly fishing dreams come true!
Single Day Trips
Single day trips are great for those that are short on time but still want to experience what New Zealand Fly Fishing has to offer. The day will begin out of Wanaka or Queenstown where you will be picked up from your accomodation and from there we head towards the chosen water for the day. Standard drive time is 30 to 90 minutes each way. We will be walking throughout the day, so be prepared for a good day on your feet. The day is suitable for both new and experienced anglers.
The rivers we fish are in the small-medium range, with waters ranging from impressive mountain freestone rivers to meandering willow lined streams. In general the South Islands rivers are mostly inhabited by Brown Trout although Rainbows can be found in some places. Most fish we spot will range between 3-6lb mark, however there is also the possibility of coming across much larger fish in certain places. The normal fishing season runs from October – May with each month offering something interesting and different.
Full day: NZ$850 (for 1 – 2 Anglers)
6-8 hours of river time + 1-2 hours of travel
Half Day: NZ$650 (for 1 – 2 Anglers)
3-4 hours of river time + 1 hour travel (ex Wanaka only)
- Up to 2 Anglers (Additional anglers and larger group pricing available on request)
- Private Fly Fishing Guide
- Lunch, snacks and drinks
- All fly fishing gear
- 4wd transport
- Wader/boots can be hired for an additional NZ$50pp per/day.
- Fishing licences can be arranged from NZ$35pp per/day
Multi-Day Road Trips
The ultimate way to experience the finest of NZ fly fishing, this popular and engaging trip see us hit the road to search of the best conditions and to explore the amazing diversity the South Island has to offer.
Multi-day trips range from 3-10 days and are our specialty. They are the made for anglers who want to get the most out of their fishing trip and build their skills towards catching the fish of a lifetime. These trips allow you to see a large variety of river types and landscapes as we chase both brown and rainbow trout.
We will explore everything from bouldery freestone rivers to mountain creeks and technical low land streams. Each water has its own unique character and impressive trout. We could be doing anything from flicking small dry flies under trees to sipping trout or throwing huge terrestrial patterns in fast water for big aggressive eats.
We base our accomodations as close as possible to our fishing locations to minimise drive time and maximise time on the water. This also alows us to change locations as we please so we are always fish where the conditions suit best. Expect to rest your head in range of accommodations including private huts/cabins, classic Kiwi pubs/hotels and motels.
Our multi-day trips are all inclusive and are created on request to include all accommodation, meals and gear you need. As your trip is unique to you, the pricing is too, so please get in touch and learn how we can help you plan that trip of a lifetime. All trips depart from either Queenstown or Wanaka.
Backcountry Heli-Fishing Trips
Heli-fshing is for the quintessential wilderness hunter with little time to spare and who is keen to adventure into New Zealand’s most remote places. If a wilderness, gin clear water and big fish are what you dream of then this is for you. By utilising the helicopter we are able to get far into the backcountry, where it would usually take days to get by foot, if its even possible at all!
This trip is available for either a single day fly-in/out or a multi-day camp out. In the case of an overnight trip, the heli allows us to bring some small creature comforts with us including good food, decent bedding and a few beers/wine to celebrate each evening. Depending on the location we will either be based in basic backcountry huts or tents, bringing in everything we need for those few days. For additional cost it is also possible to utilise the heli to drop us at a different river each few days to fish new water and top up on supplies.
The New Zealand backcountry is unlike any other on the planet, we will be hunting large wild trout in pristine, remote environments where its all about quality over quantity and every opportunity is taken with time and consideration. This is the ultimate in NZ fly fishing and a once in a lifetime experience for any serious angler.
Heli-fishing trips are unique and each quote is based on your specific trip plan. Prices vary on flight time to different rivers so just get in touch below to get a personalised quote for your heli-fishing adventure.