New Zealand Fishing

Fly fishing © Ziga

Many of the travellers who visit the faraway land of New Zealand are in search of one thing and one thing only: some of the best trout fishing in the world. Both the North and South Islands offer their fair share of world-class fishing spots. A first stop for many is the world renowned Lake Taupo and its tributaries on the North Island, which is rated one of the world's premier trout fishing destinations with some of the fattest and feistiest trout, best fished with dry, nymph, and streamer flies. The best time to fish Taupo is between October and April as there is something suited to all levels of ability and style.

Other great fishing spots in the area include Lakes Kuratau, Otamangakau, and Rotoaira which all provide high quality fly fishing and are less crowded than Lake Taupo. Head east towards Rotorua and the aptly named Bay of Plenty, also renowned for saltwater fly, big game fishing, and yellowtail kingfish. At Rotorua, fishermen will be forgiven for thinking they have discovered trout heaven in the small clear streams awash with massive trophy trout. Anglers should note that the catch and release of all wild fish is encouraged. Further south, Rangitikei District is also a popular spot for brown and rainbow trout, while Hawkes Bay on the east coast is the perfect place to stalk these elusive fish.

Head to the South Island to where some fantastic brown trout fishing abounds in the Mataura River, while the Mount Cook - Mackenzie region is also a popular region. Head west to trek along the shores of the Waitaki River in the south-east to the Tekapo catchment further north where some of the world's most experienced guides will share their wealth of knowledge, guaranteeing one of the most memorable and unique fishing trips in any travelling angler's life.