Lake Hawea & Wanaka is the ideal spot to spend a few days fresh water fishing. Fish stocks include brown and rainbow trout, and landlocked Chinook salmon. Local Fisheries cater equally for the serious fly fisher, the boat angler or the backcountry fisher. Our guides are available with vehicle support and we also have helicopter and several boats available. High mountains border these large lakes, with a number of tributaries providing some magical scenery, water runs from the glacier and high mountain springs down through beech forest to the open pastoral land before entering the lakes offering a wonderful range of fishing environments. Check out our photo gallery from recent fishing adventures.
Lake Hawea is our view unbroken from development 60 kilometres up the lake and into the Hunter Valley. Lake Hawea is 35 kilometres long and is 392 meters deep; it has two main rivers feeding the lake, The Hunter and the Dingle, both famous for backcountry New Zealand fishing.
Fishing the High Country Rivers & streams:
Starts in November where the trout are often eager to please as aquatic food is often scarce in early spring, as they wait for the rich insect life that arrives in summer.
Summer brings rising fish to delicacy like grasshoppesr, cicadas, and brown beetles. The dry fly, nymphs and wet fly fishing can all be successful in these High Country streams.
The water is often crystal clear; stalking the fish with help from your spotter requires patience and skill, with the use of Polaroid sunglasses this will make a rainbow easier to see as the water swirls from pool to pool.
With the cool fresh water, the noise of nature and water tumbling boulders you feel powerfully drawn each year to these High Country steams, the lure to catch one of these mountain fish is a challenge and makes for a great day outdoors.
- Fishing Licence–we can help you with that.
- Insect repellent.
- Fishing Gear, we can supply this if it´s required.
Daily guide fee per guide for two fisherman including GST lunch and vehicle support $450
Extra for Helicopter hire depending on numbers and distance.