If a trip to New Zealand is on your bucket list I do two guided trips each season fishing the South Island lakes and rivers on the west coast, and the Mackenzie country. The first trip is in spring from mid November to early December. The second, in the salmon and cicada season from mid February to mid March.
Trips are for either 4, 7 or 10 days. They start in Christchurch where I either collect you from the airport, or you pick up your own hire car, or you catch the transalpine train to Greymouth. One of the world’s most famous train journeys the transalpine crosses the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and passes through thrilling vistas over deep gorges alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape take your breath away before descending through thick stands of native beech forest. If you catch the train you will be collected from Greymouth to start your fishing trip.
From Greymouth we fish locally before heading down the west coast past Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, and heading east at Haast for Wanaka. After fishing the Twizel and Omarama area you will head back to Christchurch.
I generally organise hire cars, fuel, and accommodation at your expense, whilst you’re responsible for food, flights and alcohol (but I can help). I don’t offer intensive guiding, but will get you to the best spots and give you real time advice. You already need to be a competent fly fisher to get the most out of one of these trips. The four day trip is a kick start trip for competent fly fishers who just want an orientation on NZ lakes and rivers before heading off on their own adventure. Whether you choose a 7 or 10 days trip depends upon how much ground you want to cover.
Each trip is tailored to the client’s wishes – talk to me about your needs and I’ll put together a custom package. My rates depend on how many people there are in the group, how much of my time you need, and the length of the trip. As a rough guide, you can work on between $300 and $400 a day, an extra $60 per person, to a maximum of 3 people. You get location information, and plenty of tips and tricks through the day. If you want time on your own that’s fine; and any extra time I’m fishing you’re welcome to tag along.
It is a requirement that you organise your own travel and medical insurance .