Fly Fishing North to South

New Zealand fly fishing, with its pristine clear waters, is all about spotting and stalking your fish before enticing it with a dry fly or nymph.

Experience the famous fisheries of the Taupo and Tongariro region, then travel south to explore the varied high country rivers of the Southern Alps and the wilderness fisheries of Fiordland. These are destinations with a wide variety of activities for non-fishing companions; everything from hiking to wine tours, golf or scenic flights. The guides are some of the best in the country and will make a huge difference to your experience. They are patient, informative about the environment, expert in techniques to suit the fishery and very used to working both with beginners and experienced clients.

Fly Fishing North to South


Taupo - Turangi - Wanaka - Te Anau
Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
Connection points: Taupo/Rotorua airport, Queenstown airport
Activity level: moderate
Best season: November-April
Link to:  all Green Collection northern journeys, or continue to explore either the West Coast and Glacier Country or Fiordland

Driving Times

Auckland-Taupo 3 hours
Taupo-Turangi 45 mins hours
Turangi-Rotorua airport 2 1/2  hours
Queenstown airport-Wanaka 1 hour
Wanaka-Te Anau 3 1/2 hours

Day 1 - Lake Taupo, Central Plateau
Stay: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Join this journey by flying into Rotorua or Taupo airports or driving south to Taupo from Auckland. Lake Taupo and her 47 rivers and streams draw keen anglers from around the world to cast a line and hook trophy-sized, feisty brown and rainbow trout. Acacia Cliffs Lodge offers a gourmet sanctuary to retreat to.

Day 2 - Lake Taupo, Central Plateau
Stay: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Brett Cameron is one of Taupo’s premier fly fishing guides and passionate about fly fishing. Share the exhilaration of finding that perfect run or pool for the first time and catching superb fish.

Day 3 - Lake Taupo, Central PlateauDo: Central Plateau Guided Fly Fishing
Stay: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Your second day fishing with Central Plateau Fishing. Non-fishers may opt to explore Taupo’s natural hot pools and spas or take a cruise on the lake with Barbary Cruises.

Day 4 - Turangi, Lake Taupo
Do: Travel south to Turangi
Stay: River Birches Lodge

Turangi is just 45 mins drive south of Taupo, so you could elect to fish this day also, but we suggest taking a day to explore Taupo or take in a helicopter excursion over the volcanic domes of Ruapehu and Tongariro. River Birches lodge is one of the best kept secrets in the central North Island. Nestled directly beside the Tongariro River, it is a perfect base for fly fishing.

Day 5 - Turangi, Lake Taupo
Stay: River Birches Lodge
River Birches is in the heart of an area that is world renowned for its fly fishing. Your guide will collect you from the lodge for an exciting day exploring the famous Tongariro River. If you have a non-fishing companion travelling with you, we suggest a guided hiking trip over the nearby Tongariro Crossing. There is also a gentle riverside walking and bike trail accessible directly from the lodge.

Day 6 - Turangi, Lake TaupoDo: Andrew Christmas Guided Fly Fishing
Stay: River Birches Lodge

Enjoy a second day fishing the Turangi region with your guide.

Day 7 - Wanaka, Southern Lakes
Do: Fly to the South Island
Stay: Riverrun

Take the short drive to Taupo and fly to Queenstown airport. Wanaka is located at the heart of the Southern Lakes District, nestling up against the Alps. The area is famous for its fine inland climate, beautiful lakes, snow-capped mountains and the vast wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park. Riverrun Lodge is just outside Wanaka township, surrounded by a 500 acre farm which borders the Clutha and Cardrona rivers.

Day 8 - Wanaka, Southern Lakes                                                                
Stay: Riverrun
The Wanaka area has a legion of rivers and backcountry streams, almost all uncrowded, and providing crystal clear conditions for superb fishing, stalking and spotting brown and rainbow trout. Your fly-fishing guide is a passionate fisherman and excellent teacher, he will take you to the best fishing as well as beautiful scenery.

Day 9 - Wanaka, Southern Lakes
Stay: Riverrun
Enjoy another day fishing in the Wanaka and Central Otago region.

Day 10 - Te Anau, Fiordland

Do: Travel south to Te Anau
Stay: Fiordland Lodge

Allow 3-4 hours to drive from Wanaka to Te Anau. Fiordland Lodge is a masterpiece in log construction, using massive Douglas Fir logs milled from the site. Ron Peacock, one of the lodge owners is an avid fly fisherman and runs Fiordland Guides as well as the lodge. Dine at the lodge tonight.

Day 11 - Te Anau, Fiordland
Do: Guided Fly Fishing with Fiordland Guides
Stay: Fiordland Lodge

There are over forty rivers and streams within 1 hour 30 minutes travel of Te Anau. They vary from small spring fed streams to moderate sized rivers. Your lodge is owned by keen fishing guides. Non-fishing companions can take a day hike on some of New Zealand’s classic walks guided by Trips and Tramps, an excursion to Milford Sound or or an afternoon cruise to the Glow Worm Caves.

Day 12 - Te Anau, Fiordland                                                                        
Stay: Fiordland Lodge

Day 13 - Journeys End
Queenstown airport is 2 1/2 hours drive from Te Anau with good connections to other New Zealand destinations as well as a number of direct flights from Australian cities. If you need an additional night in Queenstown we have two lodges there, Arrowtown House and Mt Rosa Lodge.

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