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There is no masking our enthusiasm for fishing the countless rivers of New Zealand. Simply put, we consider the angling experience here to be the most distilled, challenging and rewarding trout fishing in the world. As a result, we have spent countless months exploring the far reaches of both islands in search of the finest lodges and freelance guides the country has to offer. And truth be told, there are plenty of each.

Due to New Zealand’s unparalleled, geographical diversity, many of our clients prefer to visit and fish multiple regions during their stay. To accommodate this need we have developed relationships with lodges and guides in virtually every corner of the country. These operations range from opulent luxury retreats and fishing lodges to independent guides and local hotels rich with a down-home Kiwi flare. Cumulatively these venues offer a wide range of fishing options from rugged, four-wheel-drive access day trips to helicopter fly-outs and multi-day backcountry adventures. Additional activities such as horseback riding, river rafting, guided walks, and winery tours can also be arranged for non-angling companions.

At Fly Water Travel we have fished with many of the country’s finest lodges and with many of the top independent guides. Our deep knowledge of and fondness for the country and its fisheries make us leading experts in creating custom itineraries. Let us help you plan a trip that promises to be one of the most enriching and interesting fishing trips possible. Trips of any length are available.

For more information or to start a conversation about planning your trip email or call Brian 800-552-2729


The Lodges:

Poronui Ranch
Poronui Ranch’s unique combination of world-class wilderness fishing, elegant accommodations, gourmet food and wine, varied non-angling activities, and modern conveniences has earned them a devout and loyal following from around the world.

Tongariro Lodge
As its name suggests, the lodge is situated on the banks of the famous Tongariro river. Tongariro lodge is a proven classic with the North Islands most divers(helicopters, rafts, and 4×4) access to trophy backcountry waters.

Owen River Lodge
Located in the greater Nelson Lakes/Murchison region at the north end of the South Island, Owen River Lodge is a stylish yet understated lodge for discerning fly fishers. With its central location and the largest and most experienced guide team on the south island Owen’s guests can easily access more than thirty rivers in the area, most of which are less than an hour’s drive from the premises.

Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge is New Zealand’s only pure helicopter fly out lodge and sits along the banks of the Makaroa River in the South Island’s stunningly beautiful Makaroa Valley. The valley is surrounded by prime fly fishing territory in Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Established in 1979 by Dick and Robyn Fraser, Cedar Lodge is comprised of four rooms with views of the rugged and ever-changing south island, and a comfortable lounge and dining area where gourmet meals are served.

Nokomai Station:
Located just a short walk from the Mataura River, know for it’s famous mayfly rise, Nokamai station is the perfect blend of fly fishing lodge and New Zealand farm stay. The station is one of New Zealand’s largest and is owned and operated by the wonderfully hospitable Hore family. Over 12 miles of the Mataura river run through the station giving guests exclusive access to the world class fishery. It addition to the Matura Nokomai’s central location gives its guide team access to over twenty other rivers and streams all within a ninety minute drive.



When to Go:
October –  This is the opener for most of the streams and lakes in New Zealand. Like the opener here in the states the water levels and weather conditions are hard to bank on but a knowledgeable guide can still show some incredible fishing.

November – December: This is considered the early season but it is truly one of our favorite times to fish down under. While water can be high and the weather can be a bit unsettled, the fish are typically far less spooky than later in the year. Pressure is low, as the Kiwis have not yet started their holiday and Western angler traffic is still minimal. Nymphing is the predominant technique, catch rates are high and the wild flowers are at their best.

January – February: This is without question the most popular time to visit New Zealand. The weather is at its best, water levels are typically stable, and the dry fly fishing peaks during these months. Angling pressure also peaks but with the aid of a good guide, you can still enjoy some solitude. These dates are best booked at least a year in advance.

March – April: By mid-March expect the crowds to start dwindling and the weather to remains favorable. This is what we refer to as a “shoulder season” or a time when the fishing is still excellent but the crowds are gone. It is also the time when most of the season’s largest fish are taken.

May – September: This is the winter season and while most of the South Island fisheries are closed, the Taupo region of the North Island is at its best. During these months the Tongariro runs of landlocked steelhead peak and catch rates are high.


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