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South Island: 8 fishing charters available
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trips from $629

Fish & Cruise Wanaka

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(40 reviews)
Wanaka
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $110

Ezifish Charters

Moeraki
trips from $1,610

Queenstown Fishing - Nikita

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(11 reviews)
Queenstown
trips from $160

Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(5 reviews)
Franz Josef Glacier
trips from $101

Kaikoura Fishing Tours

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Kaikoura

FAQs about Fishing Charters in South Island

The average South Island fishing trip price for a 4 hour private trip is $268 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fiordland Fishing Guide, Tom Mcauliffe Guided Fly Fishing, and Fish & Cruise Wanaka are some of the most popular fishing charters in South Island. Full list of top fishing charters in South Island.

Fish & Cruise Wanaka received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in South Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Blue Cod. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and fly fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The fishing South Island, New Zealand has in store is nothing short of superb, whether it’s freshwater or saltwater you prefer. On the South Island, you can hook your biggest Brown Trout yet or cast your line in the ocean waters for a variety of exotic game fish – everything is in the cards.
 

Types of Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

The South Island is famous for its spectacular freshwater fisheries, especially among fly anglers. From Gore, which is known as the ‘Brown Trout Capital of the World’, to Dunedin, which sports some of the best Salmon fishing in the country, there’s something for everyone.
 
Brown Trout are the most popular catch, and they come both in great quality and quantity. Haast River on the west coast is a great place to hook a Brown lunker, and if you’re looking for more of a challenge, then the Upper Clutha River will provide all that and then some.
 
Another big player in the freshwater kingdom is Chinook Salmon, aka Quinnat. They can only be found in the south of the country and weigh around 10–15 pounds on average. The best time to go after Salmon is from October–April, as Chinook begin their long journey upstream. Some of the most productive rivers to target them are Rangitata, Rakaia, and Waitaki.
 

Saltwater Fishing

If saltwater fishing is the name of your game, the South Island will not disappoint. While the North Island is a treasure trove for big game fishermen, its southern counterpart offers excellent Snapper, Kahawai, Blue Cod, Tarakihi, and Yellowtail fishing.
 
Hard-fighting Trevally, Hapuka, and sizeable Albacore Tuna are there for the taking as well, so there’s plenty to choose from, depending on your fishing appetite. The high season is from spring until late autumn, though you can find a solid bite year-round. Looking for the best spot? Golden Bay is one of the most diverse fisheries where you can catch just about any of the mentioned favourites.
 

What to Expect

Depending on your fishing preferences, you could be fishing in national parks, remote streams, or wild rivers surrounded by breathtaking mountains.
 
Local freshwater guides offer half day excursions that can turn into a fun family outing if you come with the kids. Full day expeditions are better suited for experienced fishermen, especially if we’re talking fly fishing. If you’d like to fish in the ocean, you don’t have to go far from the shore to prowl reefs and wrecks for a great catch and bring home a delicious dinner.
 
Fishing gear is usually provided, but you’re welcome to bring yours if you’d like. On some charters, you’ll have water, soft drinks, and coffee, as well as a variety of snacks and lunch on full day trips.
 
Stay in touch with your skipper, and he’ll tell you everything about fishing licences and additional equipment you might need. After that, the fishing South Island, New Zealand boasts is your oyster!
 
South Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 24798 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The beginning of the year is a great time to target just about any species on the South Island. Salmon fishing is excellent, and Trout are biting as well. Pink Snapper, Giant Trevally, and Yellowtail are the prized catch in the saltwater.

February

It’s summer in New Zealand, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to hit the water! Whether it’s Trout or Salmon, Yellowtail or Albacore Tuna, there’s a bit of something for everyone.

March

Autumn is just around the corner, the air is getting crisp, and Albacore Tuna, Giant Trevally, and Pink Snapper are all the craze. The Brown Trout action is on, while Chinook are leaving to spawn.

April

This is the time to go after Albacore Tuna, if you’re in the mood to chase giants of the deep. Yellowtail and Hapuka are very active, and Pink Snapper isn’t far behind.

May

As the temperatures are dropping, freshwater fishing is slowing down, but you can still find a decent bite. All the saltwater favourites are still on the menu, including Hapuka, Pink Snapper, Tarakihi, and more.

June
Going after Yellowtail will prove to be most productive in June, and you can hook Tarakihi and Hapuka in great numbers. Giant Trevally and Pink Snapper are also there for the taking.
July

Fish become lazier in the winter, but you can still have a great day on the water if you know where to go. This is the time to chase Tarakihi, Hapuka, and Yellowtail without going too far from the shore.

August

Hapuka, Yellowtail, or Tarakihi – the choice is yours. You can also test your hand in freshwater fishing and stumble upon a solid Trout bite.

September

The freshwater fish are looking forward to spring, which is just around the corner. While you wait for them to become more active, set your sights on Tarakihi, Hapuku, and Yellowtail.

October

Freshwater fishing is picking up, which means Brown Trout is the star of the show in the countless rivers, lakes, and streams of the South Island. On the saltwater front, Pink Snapper, Tarakihi, Yellowtail, and Hapuka are the main catch.

November

The Salmon are coming! If you’re itching for some Chinook fishing, November is the month to hit the water for the first trip of the season. Trout aren’t far behind.

December

Go after massive Pink Snapper, Giant Trevally, and Yellowtail in the ocean waters, or focus on Trout and Salmon fishing, which is fantastic at the end of the year.

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Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
Jo  B.
Jo B. Christchurch, Canterbury
We picked Koura Bay fishing charter as they were recommended to us by my cousin who did a 2 hr fishing trip last month with them. Both 1st time anglers as we were ! They were very happy with the fishing experience, the service and the catch. We shared the same sentiments. Very experienced Captain Andy and crew. Great time. Would have been heaps better if the Mrs didn't get sea sickness !!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We picked Koura Bay fishing charter as they were recommended to us by my cousin who did a 2 hr fishing trip last month with them. Both 1st time anglers as we were ! They were very happy with the fishing experience, the service and the catch. We shared the same sentiments. Very experienced Captain Andy and crew. Great time. Would have been heaps better if the Mrs didn't get sea sickness !!
John  T.
John T. Auckland, Auckland
Level of experience not relevant - anyone can learn and the guide is happy to teach!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Level of experience not relevant - anyone can learn and the guide is happy to teach!
Leonie  C.
Leonie C. Brisbane, Queensland
Bring changeable clothing and listen to the captain advise about how to land your catch and you will have a great time with great veiws
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring changeable clothing and listen to the captain advise about how to land your catch and you will have a great time with great veiws
Robin  K.
Robin K. Salisbury North, SA
It was my first experience fishing with Alan and he was great, tried different lures and areas of the lake to ensure we caught fish. Couldn't have asked for more.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was my first experience fishing with Alan and he was great, tried different lures and areas of the lake to ensure we caught fish. Couldn't have asked for more.
Keisha  B.
Keisha B. New Zealand
Book a trip with Glacier Country Lake Tours. It's a great place to start and you won't be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Glacier Country Lake Tours. It's a great place to start and you won't be disappointed.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Nelson, Nelson

Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Great to spend the morning with Malcolm. Was lucky enough to come away with a delicious Cray. Catch up again soon Malcolm, many thanks Vince
Vince  K.
Vince K. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(52 reviews)
Plenty of fish caught and helpful fishing advise. Will definately recommend.
Alison  F.
Alison F. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Great day out with Captain Malcolm, thoroughly enjoyed it and a good feed of fish and crayfish to take home!
Craig  D.
Craig D. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Good experience and nice weather in Kaikoura. Easy to catch the fish and the staff is kindly. Thank you for giving us a nice trip💗💗💗
Yannie  C.
Yannie C. Auckland, Auckland
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(45 reviews)
Fantastic experience very knowledgeable captain and crew crayfish and blue code extremely plentiful Would recommend to experienced and novice fisher people. Will go again
Greg  S.
Greg S. Christchurch, Canterbury
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
First up stop to empty the cray pots. Then put into the increasing sea where not much action so off to a much better spot where numerous gurnard were hauled in along with a few cod and the dog fish. Suspect some enjoyed trip more than others going by a couple of off color faces
Glennys  M.
Glennys M. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(52 reviews)
Awesome time with non stop perch. Would have been ten out of ten if got more blue cod haha. Saw dolphins up close and amazing albatross
Rebecca  L.  L.
Rebecca L. L. New Zealand
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
The sea was not ideal, but still got a really good feed of fish and crayfish. The sea was rough and we were possibly the only boat out fishing. We were kept up to date with the condition of the sea throughout the charter and felt safe all the way. I would recommend Kaikoura Fishing Tours, it’s my second trip.
Douglas  D.
Douglas D. Wellington, WGN
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Excellent trip out with malcolm.Two hour trip just right for us lots of fish to take home.highly recomend Steve
Steve  S.
Steve S. Elizabeth, NJ
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Awesome trip, we had a great family time! definitely will recommend to all our friends! We surely need book 3 hours trip next time!
Liu  Z.
Liu Z. Mantua Township, NJ
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(52 reviews)
My two boys (4 & 11) and I had a great time out with Malcolm. Great friendly service. My 11 year old got a lesson on filleting. We saw a Humpback Whale, a pod of 40-50 dolphins, came home with 3 crayfish and lost track of how many fish we caught. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Nick  G.
Nick G. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
We had a great trip with Malcolm and came home with a couple of Kg’s of fillets and two crays. The beauty of this charter is that the fishing grounds are very close and there is not a lot of transit time. The scenery is amazing and the fishing was great. Malcolm is a great host. Highly recommended!
Larry  B.
Larry B. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
One of the best charters to gonon. Highly recommend going with Malcom, very friendly and accommodating, been fishing with Malcom a couple of times and always come home with a good catch
Jo  B.
Jo B. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Very good
4.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Trip cut short through weather conditions, enjoyable whilst it lasted. Skipper fare with cost due to trip cut short. No complaints. Great experience.
Darryl  C.
Darryl C. Belmore, NSW
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
We had an excellent time on this charter and caught a lot of sea perch and some blue cod as well. We also got to take home a crayfish each! This was a fun and educational experience and the fisherman on the boat were very helpful with all aspects and even filleted the fish for us! Thanks guys
Elly  A.
Elly A. Christchurch, CAN
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
My bf and I had a fantastic time out. Caught plenty of Fish and Crays. Would definitely go again!!! Thanks for the awesome experience 😎
Kaely  G.
Kaely G. Auckland, Auckland
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Super friendly staff been very nice and helpful. Had a really good fishing experience. Definitely recommend and will come back again! Thanks for the dolphin watch as well!
Steve  F.
Steve F. Auckland, Auckland
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Fantastic fishing trip ,great day on the water ,fish were biting, my wife was pulling them up faster than I. Captain Malcolm was friendly and very professional, helpful in every way. Thanks Malcolm. We look forward to our next fishing trip.cheers Mark and Irene
Mark  R.
Mark R. Christchurch, CAN
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Very good
4.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
I really enjoyed the fishing trip... I want to have a whole day fishing trip next time... Thanks so much.
Jinling  B.
Jinling B. New Zealand
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
awesome experience tomo and crew made the morning worth while our 3 boys really enjoyed it
Sarah  B.
Sarah B. Christchurch, Canterbury