Surrounded by rugged mountains,and situated on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, fly fishing Queenstown has some amazing opportunities within 45mins to an hours drive of the main township. At one end of Lake Wakatipu is the small settlement of Glenorchy, from which is several world class New Zealand fly fishing rivers holding both brown and rainbow trout.
These are accessed either by foot or for those a little pressed for time but wanting a once in a lifetime New Zealand fly fishing adventure the use of a Helicopter is recommended to get into the more remote stretches of river.
We will mostly cast to sighted fish ranging in size from 3-6lb,but there's always the possibility of hooking up much larger fish and each season a few lucky anglers land fish in the 10lb+ range.The above trophy brown trout tipped the scales at 12lb and was spotted, cast too and hooked by Jonathon ,making it to the net after an epic 30min battle.!
Queenstown has it's own International airport making it easily accessible for you to fly directly into a world renowned New Zealand fly fishing destination! I will pick you up from the airport at an arranged time and within an hour have you starting your fly fishing Queenstown adventure in a region renowned for its landscapes and scenery. The region offers spring creeks, freestone rivers and streams,and smaller alpine lakes all of which are found in a variety of settings, from ancient Beech forests, open tussock lined river valleys to green pastures and fertile farmland.
MORE QUEENSTOWN INFO
I’ve put this info sheet together to help you find your way around Queenstown if you haven’t visited it before.
You will find the local people very helpful too and usually more than willing to point you in the right direction.
Both Spark & Vodafone have stores in town to get a sim card if you want to have phone or data here ( i use Spark ), the hotel & most cafes have good Wi-Fi.
H&J Outdoor World http://www.remarkablesparktowncentre.co.nz/store/92/h-js-outdoor-world in the Frankton retail area which is just beside the airport has all the fishing equipment ,flies, tippet etc you will need if you require any. I will supply it all for the days you are with me but if you are fishing on your own after our time together and need to restock head here. You can also purchase your fishing licence here!
This company supershuttle.co.nz is a good way from the airport to towAccommodation varies significantly in quality and price in Queenstown but here’s a couple to take a look at.
Good cafes for coffee, breakfast or lunch are The Exchange Cafe , Cafe Vudu and Halo Café I highly recommend.
As for dinner meals Madam Woos , Botswana Butchery (fine dining) and Rata (fine dining) are all fantastic there are so many choices for eating out in Queenstown ! But I’d recommend booking well ahead to reserve a table for most evenings to avoid missing out.
There is a good local supermarket close to the centre of town called Fresh Choice on the Gorge Rd. north of town it stocks a wide variety of products.
My top 3 things to do in Queenstown , Shotover Jet boat ride, Catch the gondola up to the Skyline , head out to Amisfield Winery for amazing wine & food.
See you soon !
Contact Paul now to plan your New Zealand Trout Fishing adventure!