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  • 3-hour fishing trips – $878
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $3,000
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $410
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,017

When anglers refer to Queenstown fishing charters, they don’t just mean the lovely resort town in the south-western part of the island. Rather, they’re talking about the entire Queenstown-Lakes District, also known as the Southern Lakes, which encompasses lakes Wakatipu, Hāwea, and Wanaka. We’ll stick with talking about Queenstown proper, as it’s an exciting location in its own right.

This part of New Zealand’s South Island is regarded as the crown jewel of fly fishing in NZ, and for good reason! Anglers from all over the globe come here to enjoy spectacular fishing in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The town itself was dubbed Tāhuna by the native Māori, meaning “shallow bay,” an apt description.

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This plentiful freshwater fishery becomes even more intriguing when you realize it was pretty much completely imported. Brought in by settlers from Europe and North America in the late 19th century, Brown and Rainbow Trout have quickly become mainstays in the local waters. Add to that another import from America – Chinook Salmon, and it’s small wonder why the region is so popular with fly anglers.

Lake Fishing

If you take a look at a map to see exactly where Queenstown is located, the first thing you’ll notice is Lake Wakatipu in all its glory. The best way to access the lake or just fish from shore is either from the so-called Frankton Arm, or from Glenorchy if you’re looking to access the northern end of the lake. Trolling is very popular on this glacial lake, owing to the fact there are no bays or inlets to be found anywhere nearby.

Lake Wakatipu is well-stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout, as well as Salmon. Brown Trout like to feed on insects that inhabit the edges of the lake, making them great targets for shorter trips. Just cast a fly or spinner facing the shore and watch them go! Rainbow Trout, on the other hand, prefer to stick to deeper water, making them better suited for trolling trips.

Another good source for Trout fishing nearby is Lake Hayes. Located some 10 km from Queenstown proper, it comes across as unfairly neglected in favor of the bigger Lake Wakatipu. If you decide to give Lake Hayes a go, bear in mind that fishing from a mechanically propelled boat is not allowed according to fishing regulations in place at the moment.

River Fishing

The many tributaries to Lake Wakatipu are also filled to the brim with freshwater fish species. On the northernmost tip of the lake you have Dart River and its Brown Trout population. The mouth of the river makes for the best fishing opportunities, and is well suited for both conventional and fly fishing.

Over at the northwest end you will find Greenstone River. Loaded with runs, ripples, and pools, it’s highly-regarded for its population of Rainbow Trout. Novice anglers are known to frequent the waters found upstream from the Pass Burn. Spotting and stalking fish here is easier than in other places, making it a popular location for those looking to hone their skills. Anglers looking for a challenge will go to the lower reaches of the river where the fast runs require a knowing hand to cast the line.

Need to know

Regulations

Being aware of the regulations in place can involve some work if you’re not going with a fishing guide. For example, it’s crucial to keep your gear clean (especially waders and boots) when moving between bodies of water in order to contain the spread of the invasive alga didymo. Also, fishing from Queenstown Bay itself is currently prohibited, as is fishing within 100 m of any part of the Walter Peak Jetty.

Some rivers (most importantly Greenstone River) require applying for a Controlled Fishery Licence in addition to the regular fishing license you are required to have. There are no extra charges involved, as it’s primarily used as a way to keep track of the number of anglers in the region.

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Queensport form elsewhere in Australia or New Zealand is definitely by plane. Queenstown Airport is the 4th busiest airport in the whole country, with direct flights available from places like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in Australia, and Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington in New Zealand.

Getting there by car is also a perfectly valid option. The 7-hour drive from Christchurch is one of the most scenic routes anywhere in the world. And when you do get there, you have the option of getting on the iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw and getting a feel for Lake Wakatipu.

As far as fly fishing in New Zealand goes, there’s hardly a better place to be than Queenstown. Cast your flies in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and enjoy the scenery throughout the day!

Queenstown
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January

Go and catch one of the famous summertime Browns that grow quite big in Lake Wakatipu and its tributaries. Is there any better way to start the year?

February

Summer fishing is always good, wherever you might find yourself at the time. Greenstone River fishing at this time is  legal only for holders of a Controlled Fishery Licence.

March

If you’re not too busy fishing, make sure to check out the Wanaka A&P Show, one of NZ’s longest-running pastoral events. It’s fun for the whole family!

April

Mid-Autumn is usually off-season for a number of things, but that does not include fishing! Head down to Lake Wakatipu and get a hold of some Trout and other freshwater species.

May

The local Brown Trout population tends to stick to the edges of Lake Wakatipu at this time of year, so be sure to look for them there!

June

Winter has come to New Zealand, and with it various winter-themed events and manifestations. On the angling side of things, heavy nymph rigs become all the rage.

July

Fly season is over, but there’s always some fishing to be done in Queenstown regardless. The rivers don’t open until October, but Lake Wakatipu is yours for the taking.

August

Kawarau River lends itself to some fun fishing in August. Just keep in mind that trolling from a mechanically-propelled boat is prohibited.

September

September is when spring slowly makes an entrance, but the weather is still likely to be a bit chilly. Enjoy alpine activities while you still can, real fishing is just around the corner.

October

Fishing season is officially set to begin in most rivers and streams! You’re free to take your pick and fish for a bunch of Rainbow and Brown Trout.

November

Many anglers consider November to be the best month of the year for catching Brown Trout. These fish tend to be very aggressive when faced with various artificials.

December

One thing that’s very popular with freshwater anglers this time of year is wet wading. No need for waders when you can just go au naturel and have a blast.

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