Fishing in New Zealand offers a variety of options for beginner through experienced angler. With an immense amount of coastal waters, deep sea fishing in this island country is popular with both locals and those from around the world. Terakihi fish cover a wide range of territory and sportsmen also enjoy angling, whether from the docks or off of boats, for kingfish, marlin, tuna and snapper. Salmon can be found in the South Island region with grouper and cod also offering prime fishing opportunities particularly during the summer and into the autumn months. Almost any type of fishing is appreciated in New Zealand including the ever popular fly fishing, surfcasting and rock fishing.
With some of the most renowned trout fishing in the world, opportunities for brown and rainbow trout abound in New Zealand. Lakes formed from long gone glaciers, pristine rivers and even humble meandering streams provide the convenience of dropping a line in the water at a moment’s notice. Whether you want to sit comfortably on the river bank, put your waders on and traverse deeper river waters or fish from a kayak or boat, the trout are abundant in numbers. Pack your sleeping bags and the children and explore the outdoors and the fun of fishing for your next vacation. No matter if roughing it in the wilderness or getting accommodations at a local lodge or hotel, the entire family will enjoy the fresh air and break from everyday life.
Those new to the sport or who want to take their favorite sport to the next level can hire a guide service to get them to the best fishing spots in the country. Trips can be custom designed to make sure every need is met. Full service lodges and motel suites that are fully catered, with meals and drinks provided, make the visit convenient for the angler and those with them who may not plan to fish. Optional packages can include all of your gear such as flies and rods and even photographs to remember the trip and what was caught. Rental cottages and cabins for those seeking a more rustic experience are offered by outfitters. Meals and supplies can be provided or the fishermen can bring their own food, sleeping bags and other necessities. In order to enjoy the sport in the most remote areas of the country, helicopter fly-ins can be arranged for both professionally guided and self-service trips.
The popularity of recreational fishing makes it one of the favorite past times of New Zealanders and an influx of overseas visitors occurs during prime fishing seasons every year for both fresh and salt water species. Officials of New Zealand’s Fish and Game service strive to properly manage and encourage the habitats that promote sport fishing to maintain its viability as one of the most favored recreational activities in the country.