New Zealand Trips


AT A GLANCE


  • One full week running Sunday to Sunday from December to April.
  • Small group sizes with 1:2 guide:client ratio.
  • Cottage accommodation > 150 metres of the Aparima River with 3 – 7lb trout.
  • Over 40 clear flowing 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.
  • Suitable for all fly fishers of any age / experience / fitness level.
  • Bring a friend or let us find you a suitable fishing partner.
  • Couples friendly. We have separate/private accommodation for couples.
  • Free annual orientation weekend end of November each year.
  • Book as a pair and receive a free full day drift boat trip on the Goulburn River
  • GVFFC has been guiding fly fishers full-time since 1994.
  • Fully licensed to guide in New Zealand – Licence # PAC-14-06-91
  • Super-low price of only  $4,590 AUD per person (approximately $3,300 U.S.D.)

LIST OF REMAINING DATES LEFT FOR 2019-2020

  • WEEK  DATES # SPOTS 
    1 SUN 8 DEC – SUN 15 DEC 0
    2 SUN 15 DEC – SUN 22 DEC 0
    3 SUN 22 DEC – SUN 29 DEC  0
    4 SUN 29 DEC – SUN 5 JAN  0
    5 SUN 5 JAN – SUN 12 JAN 0
    6 SUN 12 JAN – SUN 19 JAN 2
    7 SUN 19 JAN – SUN 26 JAN 0
    8 SUN 26 JAN  –  SUN 2 FEB 0
    9 SUN 2 FEB – SUN 9 FEB  0
    10 SUN 9 FEB – SUN 16 FEB    0
    11 SUN 16 FEB – SUN 23 FEB   0
    12 SUN 23  FEB – SUN 1 MAR  4
    13 SUN 1 MAR  –  SUN 8 MAR  1
    14 SUN 8 MAR  –  SUN 15 MAR   4
    15 SUN 15 MAR  –  SUN 22 MAR  4
    16 SUN 22 MAR  –  SUN 29 MAR  0
    17 SUN 29 MAR  –  SUN 5 APR  4
    18 SUN 5 APR  –  SUN 12 APR    4
    19 SUN 12 APR  –  SUN 19 APR     4

 


LOCATION

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 the Southland region of New Zealand.

With more than 40 clear flowing rivers within a 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 the amount of time spent stalking wild, New Zealand trout.

Fishing to sighted fish is the name of the game.

GETTING THERE

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 be aware that while travelling to NZ from the USA you will be crossing the International Dateline; so you’ll jump forward two days on the calendar. As such, we recommend that you consult with a 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.

The majority of the fishing is upstream to sighted fish,

ACCOMMODATION

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.


MEALS

We have approximately two – three meals each week in the main homestead, including on the first night of the trip when guests arrive (Sunday). These meals are prepared by the owner of the property.

On the other nights we eat out at local restaurants. Sometimes this can be up to an hour away from the farmhouse, when for example we choose stay out to fish the evening hatch at a distant river. At other times it will be much closer to home (10 minute’s drive). We also try to have a B.B.Q. night on the deck of the farmhouse each week. Weather permitting.

Breakfasts are self-catered with all the staples provided. Muesli. Cereals. Eggs. Bacon. Toast. Fruit. Yogurt. 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 FISHING 

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 social media, that provide us with stellar dry fly fishing to large, sighted, rainbow and brown trout.

The average size is a solid 3-5 lb with many in the 7-8lb range. Unlike many other parts of the trout world, these large fish will eat dry flies at any time of the day.

Big fish eating dry flies is something the South Island is famous for.

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 casts 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 – 4 lb, 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 anyone.

There are spring creeks, freestoners, tailwaters, 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 3-5 lb 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 of course; the weather.

At the moment all of our trips are walk-wade. But the opportunity to fish the back-country 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.

Most rivers have fish averaging 3-5lb. Others have fewer, but bigger fish in the 7-8lb class.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Our trips include seven nights of accommodation and six days of guided fly fishing. The trip price of $4,590 AUD per person (approximately $3,300 U.S.D at time of writing) 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 to bring out your very best; these New Zealand trips offer incredible value for money for the fly fisher who puts a 5-star fishing experience ahead of a 5-star lodge one.


GUIDE : CLIENT RATIO

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. Most weeks are set out as four anglers with two guides, but we can cater to groups of six on demand. Whether its four or six, we maintain the 1:2 ratio that ensures that you get lots of quality time with a guide at your shoulder, as well as 50% of the shots at sighted fish.

The average size of fish caught is a respectable 3-5lb!

BRING A FRIEND OFFER

Without a doubt, the best way to do this trip is with a friend or family member. Having someone you know to share the experience with makes it all the more enjoyable, and ensures for the best possible match in a fishing partner.

What’s more, when you book with a friend, we give you a free Gift Voucher for a full day of guided fishing on the Goulburn River (valued at $690) to share with the person who books with you.

Please let us know if you are interested in more than one spot when you inquire.


AGE, EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

These trips are suitable for fly fishers of any age, experience or fitness level. We simply adjust the pace of the trip to suit the participants each week.

Don’t want to battle the wind or walk over rough ground due to an old knee complaint? No problem. We have plenty of sheltered rivers that have fine, hard packed gravel bottoms that make for easy wading. We regularly run trips for groups aged 70+, and can put together a fabulous week of fishing that isn’t physically demanding.

Conversely, for those of you wishing to pack in as much fishing as possible during your one week with us in New Zealand, our guides are all fit, hard-working and agile, and able to go as hard as you want each day.

Don’t be put off from booking because you don’t think you’ll be able to handle the fishing. We have built our business on getting people ready for their NZ trip and we can assist you with your casting pre-trip, as well as work with you day to day while there. We are also running a free orientation weekend for all participants on SAT 30 NOV and SUN 1 DEC.

If you’ve always wanted to fish New Zealand, please phone us for a friendly chat about how we can assist you to properly prepare for your adventure.

There are many rivers that offer easy wading over a fine gravel bed.

FREE NEW ZEALAND ORIENTATION WEEKEND

We are hosting a free NZ Orientation Weekend to assist participants with any and all aspects of the trip. With sessions on casting, gear set-up, streamcraft, and even photography. This is a two day event at our base of operations in Alexandra.

Please visit the New Zealand Orientation Weekend page on our website to learn more.


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 Hosted Trip packages on offer. They are very generous and are designed to get you fishing in NZ with us this summer.

Gin clear water makes for great sight fishing.

 

OUR QUALIFICATIONS

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.



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BOOKING PROCEDURE

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  • 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