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7 best fly fishing guides in NZ

Looking for a new fly fishing spot? These guides come with their own rods, reels and tackle ready for a day on the water

There are plenty of fly fishing destinations in New Zealand, from Taupo in the North to Wanaka in the South. Here are some of the best fly fishing guides in the country for your next trip out to the lake.

1. Taupo & Turangi

Taupo and the rivers surrounding it are some of the best places for fly fishing in New Zealand, so there are plenty of guides in the area. The New Zealand Fly Fishing Company is based in the north of Taupo, close to Wairakei, and have several guides operating around the year to ensure you get the best from your fly fishing trip.

2. Auckland

Whilst Auckland itself is far away from the fly fishing destinations, Hamilton is within driving distance. Here you can chat to Waikato Fly Fisher guides Phil McDonald or Paul Vaz about half-day, full-day and overnight trips for fly fishing in the Waikato region. You can find all of their contact details on their website.

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3. Queenstown

The Lakes surrounding Queenstown are legendary for trout and salmon fishing, and fly fishing guide Nick Clark knows the area well. He owns the fly fishing business Southern Trout, who can offer you a variety of different deals on fly fishing guides around the area. Naturally, you’ll have to go and check out the restaurants serving up the local fish in Queenstown too.

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4. Wanaka

The waterways and rivers surrounding Lake Wanaka make up an idyllic backdrop for fishing, but it can be a real struggle to see the trout beneath the reeds. Fly fishing guide Jake Berry works within the lower South Island on a variety of different trips with Southern Rivers Fly Fishing and his years of experience equate to a quick pair of eyes on the water. Even if you’re an experienced fly fisher, you can have a brand new experience with heli fly-fishing, or try some one-on-one tuition with one of the guides.

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5. Rotorua

Rotorua is best known for it’s bubbling natural spas, but the lakes and rivers could be the second most popular attraction for the area. Whether you’re here on a family holiday and fancy dabbling in a spot of trout fishing, or you’re an old pro here to test the heli fly-fishing rides, you’ll be able to appreciate Simon Robertson’s guidance. He offers up several years of experience – which has previously seen him featured in Sky Sports.

6. Nelson

Why just go out for a day? The Stonefly Lodge is a specialist fly fishing lodge nestled in the heart of Nelson, which really does have everything. Spend your days with one of the fly fishing guides on the water or hike in one of the National Parks surrounding the lodge. At the end of the day, you retire to a cosy room over looking the Motueka River and beyond the Arthur Range.

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7. Wellington

For all your immediate fishing requests (rods and tackle), you can visit Pete’s store in the city, but in Lower Hutt you can find the man himself – when he’s not out on the water. With Pete Lamb you can head to Marlborough Sounds, try fishing off the harbour or get the kids out on the specialist trips for youngsters.

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