Famous for world-class trout, salmon and big game fishing, Southland is an angler's paradise.
The Southland Plains are bisected by four major rivers - the Aparima, Waiau, Oreti and Mataura which boast a seemingly never-ending supply of picturesque and sparsely populated banks. Under big skies and surrounded by awesome mountain ranges, you can escape all distractions as you cast for brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon.
The Mataura River is one of the best trout fishing rivers in the world. It has the highest population and catch rate of any river in New Zealand. It is also famous for its hatches and spinner falls.
With easy public access, plentiful fish and water so clear it is often described as ‘gin-clear’, the Mataura Valley is a ‘dry-fly Mecca’, and Gore is known as the ‘Brown Trout Capital of the World’.
And let’s not forget the salt-water options. Catch the ferry to Stewart Island (Rakiura) and go fishing with a charter boat for blue cod, trumpeter and tarakihi – the fish are prolific so you’ll need the biggest chilly bin you can find to store your haul.