AT A GLANCE
- One full week running Sunday to Sunday from December to April.
- Small group sizes of 4 – 6 anglers each week with 1:2 guide:client ratio.
- Stay in a cosy cottage set within 100 metres of the famous Aparima River that holds browns averaging 3 – 5lb.
- Over 40 gin clear streams within a 75 minute drive.
- A mix of home-cooked meals and local restaurants.
- An experienced team of guides who’ve worked together for more than 20 years.
- A relaxed social experience each night with the guides and other participants.
- Our most popular trip with a bi-annual return rate of around 80%.
- GVFFC has been guiding fly fishers full-time for over 25 years.
- Fully licensed to guide in New Zealand – Licence # PAC-14-06-91
- Super-low price of only $4,590 AUD per person (approximately $3,200 U.S.D.)
Our base of operations is located in the stunning Aparima River valley, at the geographical centre of the Southland region. This wide flat valley, flanked by low mountains and back-dropped by the jagged peaks of Fiordland off to the west, is the perfect location for fly fishers looking to target the trophy trout of Southland.
With more than 40 gin clear rivers within 75 minute drive, and a river with 3-7lb fish running through the property, we can minimise the amount of time spent in the car each day; and maximise your time spent stalking wild, NZ trout.
The South Island of New Zealand is very easy to get to for most for our clients who come from Australia. Inexpensive three hour direct flights depart from all east coast capitals to Queenstown daily.
From the USA, direct flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston to Auckland depart daily. From Auckland it is a short flight on to Queenstown. Most of our clients from America choose to take an overnight flight in order to lessen the affects of the change in time-zone.
Please note that New Zealand has some of the world’s most stringent bio-security laws which can affect people travelling with fishing gear. We suggest that you read our detailed pre-trip packet to learn more about making the process of entering New Zealand go as smoothly as possible.
Please be aware that while travelling to NZ form the USA you will be crossing the International Dateline; so you’ll jump forward two days on the calendar. Please consult with your travel agent to ensure that you allow adequate time to arrive for the scheduled start of your trip.
Once on the ground in Queenstown, representatives from our company will be awaiting your exit from NZ Customs and Immigration. When you emerge you will be whisked away on a stunning ninety minute drive down to the farmhouse and the beginning of your week of fishing.
There are several accommodation options on the property, but most of our groups stay in the cottage.
It has three bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge area, kitchen, and outdoor deck for BBQ’s in summer, and caters for groups of four to six anglers. Each bedroom has two comfortable single beds, set up as a twin-share arrangement.
The amenities are clean and comfortable but not upmarket. Think three star but in a peaceful rural setting, only 100 metres from a beautiful river.
There is also a single room aka loft adjacent to the main homestead near the guide’s quarters. This is suitable for couples and only available subject to availability.
We have approximately three meals each week in the main homestead. These meals are prepared by the owner of the property, and consist of the freshest and healthiest local produce.
On the nights not spent dining at home, we eat out at local restaurants. Sometimes up to an hour away from the farmhouse, when for example we choose stay out to fish the evening hatch at a distant river. Most weeks we also have a B.B.Q. on the deck.
Breakfasts are self-catered with all the staples provided. Mueslis. Cereals. Eggs. Bacon. Toast. Fruit. Yoghurt. Milk.
Lunches are prepared fresh each morning and usually take the form of healthy sandwiches, fresh fruit and some sweets. Bottled water is always available.
The Southland region of New Zealand is home to literally dozens of World-Class trout streams. While the Mataura, Oreti and Eglington, need no introduction and yes, you will have the opportunity to test your mettle against the wily inhabitants of these legendary rivers during your trip; it is the many other streams of the region, some nameless, others just overlooked in this the age of Instagram, that provide us with stellar dry fly fishing to large sighted brown trout.
There are rainbows in some of the rivers we fish, but all rivers contain browns. The average size is a solid 3-5lb and these fish will eat dry flies at any time of the day. Some rivers hold fish into the double figure range, but even on these waters, the average would be 7-8lb.
The fishing in New Zealand can be demanding because your casting must be accurate; not only to ensure a good presentation, but also to remain unseen by the fish in the crystal clear water. The good news is that while must be accurate, they need not be long. Most fish can be approached to within a comfortable casting distance.
There are fishing options for fly fishers of all skill and fitness levels. In the case of the former, there are rivers where the fish are of a smaller average size e.g. 2-4lb, but where they are a little easier to fool. As far as fitness is concerned, yes it’s true there are many rivers that require long walks, over often rough ground or big rocks. But for every one of those rivers, there is another that has fine, hard-packed gravel that is very easily navigated by most fly fishers regardless of age or fitness.
There are spring creeks, freestoners, tailwaters, mountain gorges, and even a few lakes worthy of attention. It all comes down to what sort of water you prefer to fish each day. Want to chase trophy fish on the open windswept rivers of the main valley floor? No problem. Prefer a small stream where 3-5lb fish are targeting willow grubs at very close range? We’ve got you covered.
Every day we will work with you to choose a fishing location based on your preferences, abilities and the weather.
At the moment all of our trips are walk-wade. But the opportunity to fish the backcountry via helicopter is also available to those who wish to try it. Helicopters make access to remote areas a quick and easy affair; but they are expensive. These specialty trips and can be organised given a few days notice and subject to the weather. Prices are based solely on flight time. Prices on application.
Our trips include seven nights of accommodation and six days of guided fly fishing. The trip price of $4,590 AUD per person (approximately $3,200 U.S.D) includes all transport, accommodation, meals, flies and guided fishing. Alcohol, fishing licence, incidental purchases, and flights are the only things not included in the price.
With some of the best trout streams on earth a literal stone’s throw away, and a great team of experienced guides helping you to bring out your very best; these inexpensive trips offer incredible value for money for the fly fisher who puts a 5 star fishing experience ahead of a 5 star lodge one.
BRING A FRIEND
All of our trips are based on a guide client ratio of 1:2. That is, there is a guide for every two fly fishers. For 2019-2020, most weeks are set out as four anglers with two guides, but we can do groups of six on as required. Whether its four or six, we maintain the 1:2 ratio that ensures that you get lots of quality time with an expert at your shoulder, as well as 50% of the shots at sighted fish.
While we can pair you up with someone of a similar age, fitness and skill level, nothing is better than sharing the experience with a friend.
Most of our trips are booked out by returning clients, some of whom have been fishing with us each summer for well over a decade. Most book either in pairs or groups of four to six, with family bookings becoming more common each year.
Please let us know if you are interested in more than one spot when you enquire.
HOSTED TRIP PACKAGES
Hosted trip packages are available for all our New Zealand trips. While this offer is mostly aimed at people working in the fishing industry; either other guides, outfitters, flyshop owners or managers; anyone able to pull together a group of six is eligible for the benefits of being a trip host.
Please contact us to learn more about the various trip packages on offer.
We are licensed to guide in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation Southland – Concession # PAC-14-06-91. We are also members of the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association of Australia (PFIGA). We are licensed and insured and hold First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue and Working with Children certification.
A FEW QUOTES FROM OUR CLIENTS
My first NZ trip with the GVFFC team this year. Everything I hoped it would be and more. I can’t imagine a better package for a fly fisher wanting to experience Southland. The accommodation, company and quality of guiding was spot on. Many thanks to your team and I can’t wait to do it all again.
Hi Antony and co,
As a first time participant in a guided NZ tour I cannot speak highly enough of these GVFFC trips. The organisation and attention to detail is outstanding, and the trips represent fantastic value for money given the long hours we spent on the river with guides who are extremely knowledgeable, skilled, patient and supportive.
As a first timer I was made to feel very welcome, both from the guides and the other fishers in my group. We fished a different river each day which broadened our experiences of varying water and fishing conditions – I have learnt more in the past week with these guys than in the last 10 years.
I had a great time again. A lot of fun. I especially like the variety. I only recognised one place that I had fished during the previous two years. There seems no reason I would want to go to another part of the world since the experience in NZ is new every time. That said, there are many places I have been with you in NZ that I would be happy to see again. I look forward to a mix of old favourites and new challenges next year.
I really can’t think of anything I would ask to be changed. The accommodation, the food, the guides are all great. Everyone goes far beyond what is required. No-one seems to watch the clock or want to finish fishing after a fixed number of hours. All instruction is tailored perfectly to our fishing level and physical ability. All we need to do is ask and a patient, complete answer is available on any fishing topic. I also enjoy the company of the other fishermen. All people I would never have met otherwise. We are now firm friends.
We all appreciated the lengths that you went to so that we had a full week of fishing despite our error of booking before we realised that there was a Sunday to Sunday turn around. I promise to pay close attention from now on.
Please keep doing what you are doing.
TRIP DATES SEASON 2019 – 2020
|Week 1:||Sunday 8 DEC – Sunday 15 DEC|
|Week 2:||Sunday 15 DEC – Sunday 22 DEC|
|Week 3:||Sunday 22 DEC – Sunday 29 DEC|
|Week 4:||Sunday 29 DEC – Sunday 5 JAN|
|Week 5:||Sunday 5 JAN – Sunday 12 JAN|
|Week 6:||Sunday 12 JAN – Sunday 19 JAN|
|Week 7:||Sunday 19 JAN – Sunday 26 JAN|
|Week 8:||Sunday 26 JAN – Sunday 2 FEB|
|Week 9:||Sunday 2 FEB – Sunday 9 FEB|
|Week 10:||Sunday 9 FEB – Sunday 16 FEB|
|Week 11:||Sunday 16 FEB – Sunday 23 FEB|
|Week 12:||Sunday 23 FEB – Sunday 1 MAR|
|Week 13:||Sunday 1 MAR – Sunday 8 MAR|
|Week 14:||Sunday 8 MAR – Sunday 15 MAR|
|Week 15:||Sunday 15 MAR – Sunday 22 MAR|
|Week 16:||Sunday 5 APR – Sunday 12 APR|
|Week 17:||Sunday 12 APR – Sunday 19 APR|
- A 50% deposit of $2295 AUD is required at the time of booking. Payments can be made by credit card or EFT / bank wire transfer.
- The balance of $2295 AUD is due no later than December 1st, 2019.
- A valid credit card is also required at the time of booking, regardless of the chosen method of payment.
Our Cancellation Policy can be viewed here.
If you would like more information about these trips, please phone us or fill out the form below and we will get back you within 24 hours.
A detailed pre-trip packet describing all aspects of the trips is available upon request and can be emailed immediately.
If you wish to speak with us, please use the contact details below.
If calling from Australia
Landline – 03 5773 2513
Mobile – 0418 995 611
If calling from the U.S.A.
Landline – 011 61 3 5773 2513
Mobile – 011 61 418 995 611