New Zealand Trips – 2023

 

AT A GLANCE  


 

  • 2024 dates listed 12pm on Friday 28th, October, 2022.
  • Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing has been licensed to guide in Southland, New Zealand by the Department of Conservation since December, 2000.
  • One full week running Sunday to Sunday.
  • Small group sizes with 1:2 guide : client ratio.
  • Cottage accommodation > 150 metres from a world-class river with  10lb+ trout.
  • Numerous clear flowing streams within a 30 minute drive.
  • A mix of home-cooked and local restaurant dinners.
  • A relaxed social experience each night with the guides and other participants.
  • Suitable for all fly fishers.
  • Couples friendly. We have separate/private accommodation available for couples.
  • Bring a friend or let us find you a suitable fishing partner.
  • GVFFC has been guiding fly fishers full-time since 1994.
  • Only  $5,200 A.U.D. per person for the full week away.
  • Booking schedule is:
    • APR 1 Taking Bookings
    • NOV 1 Trip balances are due.
  • Payment Schedule
    • Deposit: 50% deposit ($2,600) due on booking
    • Balance: balance ($2,600) due by November 1.
  • Read our TripAdvisor reviews to hear what our client’s have to say about our New Zealand trips. Some have been re-booking for the past twenty years!



2023 DATES


  • We just added six more spots – 2 each in the weeks 3, 4, & 6.
WEEK  DATES SPOTS LEFT
1 SUN 8 JAN – SUN 15 JAN 2
2 SUN 15 JAN – SUN 22 JAN 0
3 SUN 22 JAN – SUN 29 JAN 0
4 SUN 29 JAN – SUN 5 FEB 0
5 SUN 5 FEB – SUN 12 FEB 0
6 SUN 12 FEB – SUN 19 FEB 0
7 SUN 19 FEB – SUN 26 FEB 1
8 SUN 26 FEB – SUN 5 MAR 0
9 SUN 5 MAR – SUN 12 MAR 2
10 SUN 12 MAR – SUN 19 MAR 0


2024 DATES


We are only offering six weeks in 2024.

WEEK  DATES SPOTS LEFT
1 SUN 21 JAN – SUN 28 JAN 6
2 SUN 28 JAN – SUN 4 FEB 6
3 SUN 4 FEB – SUN 11 FEB 6
4 SUN 11 FEB – SUN 18 FEB 6
5 SUN 18 FEB – SUN 25 FEB 6
6 SUN 25 FEB – SUN 3 MAR 6


PACKAGE DETAILS

This is the best value for money New Zealand trip on the market.

The package includes seven nights of accommodation and six days of guided fly fishing with all transport, accommodation, meals, and flies all covered in the price.

Alcohol, fishing licences, incidental purchases, and flights are the only things not included.

We have the best team of guides, many of whom have been with us for 25+ years. They also instruct and can assist guests to improve their skills and get the most from every day of the trip.

The pace of these trips is set by our guests, hence they are suitable for all fly fishers regardless of age/fitness/experience.  And because our guides are working away from home/family, the option to fish outside of the standard guiding day of 8am pick up and 6pm drop off is always available.

This rare combination of super-experienced professional guides, the option to fish the evening rise when desired, and a trip itinerary refined over 20+ years, make ours the best value for money New Zealand trip on the market.



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 jagged peaks off to the west, is the perfect base for fly fishers looking to target the wild trout of the Southland region of New Zealand.

With more than 40 clear flowing rivers within a 75 minute drive, and a river with trophy trout running through the property, our location minimises the amount of time spent in the car each day; leaving more time for stalking the trophy trout of Southland.

Fishing to sighted fish is the name of the game.


GETTING THERE

Travel to and from the South Island of New Zealand is easy. Inexpensive, three-hour direct flights run between all east coast Australian capitals and Queenstown daily.

Once on the ground in Queenstown, representatives from our company will be awaiting your exit from NZ Customs and Immigration. After which you’ll be driven on a stunning ninety-minute drive down to the farmhouse and the beginning of your week of fly fishing.

Rivers range from big and open freestoners to small,intimate spring creeks and alpine lakes.


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 in 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 trout stream.

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 on request and subject to availability. This extra space means that couples can have their own private trip while others in the group stay in the shared cottage. It also allows us to cater to slightly larger groups.

We also have acccess to an upmarket cottage in the area that has four bedrooms and is suitable for up to eight people. This well appointed lodging is very popular for couples and small groups wanting a little more comfort on their trip. Subect to availability. Prices on inquiry.



MEALS

We have up to two meals each week in the main homestead, including on the first night of the trip when guests arrive (Sunday). These meals are prepared by our hosts.

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 rise 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 a hearty sandwich, fresh fruit and some sweets. Bottled drinking 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 and Oreti need no introduction, it is the many other streams of the region, some nameless, others just overlooked, that provide us with the stellar dry fly fishing to large, sighted, rainbow and brown trout that the Southland region is famous for.

The average fish size is a solid 3 – 4 lb with many in the 7 – 8lb range, and a sprinkling in the mythical 10+ class. Unlike many other parts of the trout world, these large fish will eat dry flies at any time of the day and we have developed a number of flies and techniques that allow us to fish dry flies a whopping 90% of the time.

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

Fly fishing in New Zealand can be more demanding than other places because your casts must be accurate; not only to ensure a good presentation, but also to remain unseen by the fish in the clear water. The good news is that while casts must be accurate, they need not be long. With patient stalking, most fish can be approached to within a comfortable casting distance for most anglers. As a result, these trips are for fly fishers of all skill and fitness levels.

There are rivers where the fish are of a smaller average size e.g. 2 – 4 lb, but where they are easier to fool. On the fitness side, yes it’s true there are many rivers that require long walks, often over rough ground or big rocks. But for every one of those rivers, there is another that has fine, hard-packed gravel that is easily waded.

There are spring creeks, freestone rivers and tailwaters. 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 3-4 lb fish are eating willow grubs at very close range? We have that too. There are even a handful of lakes that ensure that we have fishable water even after big rain events.

Each day our guides will work with you to choose a fishing location based on your preferences, abilities, and of course; the weather.

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


GUIDE : CLIENT RATIO

All of our trips are based on a guide:client ratio of 1:2. In other words there is a guide for every two fly fishers. Most weeks run as four anglers with two guides, but we can cater to single anglers for 1:1 trips and larger groups of six. No matter the number of people in the week you book, we never go beyond the 1:2 ratio that ensures that you get lots of quality time with a guide at your shoulder, and plenty of shots at sighted fish. Our guides also teach fly fishing all year around, making them patient and capable instructors who can help improve your skills each day.

Many of our guides have more than twenty five years of guiding experience with GVFFC, and several have closer to thirty.

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

 

BRING A FRIEND OR BOOK A GROUP

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.

Please let us know if you are interested in more than one spot when you enquire so that we can discuss the options. Book out an entire week (minimum four spots) and receive a booking bonus as the organiser.


AGE, EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS

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 needs of each group.

You don’t have to battle the wind or walk over rough ground nursing an old knee injury or sore back. We have plenty of sheltered rivers that offer easy wading and a slower pace. We regularly host groups of more seasoned fly fishers and we 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 and hard-working; able to set the pace each day.

If you’re in doubt about your abilities to join us on this trip, you should know that we have built our business on preparing people for their NZ trip and we can assist you with your casting and general fly fishing skills here in Australia before you fly out for your adventure.

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

 


OUR QUALIFICATIONS

Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing is licensed to guide in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation Southland. We have held this qualification since December, 2000.

We are also members of the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association of Australia (PFIGA);  we are licensed and insured, hold First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue and Working with Children certification.

Each of our guides works 250+ days per year.  We are full-time professionals who teach and guide fly fishing on a daily basis. We even lead trips to Montana in our off-season.

We feel that choosing full time professionals that are on the water every day is perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing a guide.

See our TripAdvior or Google reviews for an independent take on what we do.


REVIEWS ON TRIP ADVISOR


 

BOOKING – PAYMENTS – CANCELLATION


BOOKING SCHEDULE

  • Our booking schedule For 2023 is:
    • JAN 3, 2022     First option to returning clients
    • JAN 17, 2022   Bookings open to everyone.
    • NOV 1, 2022     Trip balances due.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  • A 50% ($2,600) deposit is required at the time of booking. Payments can be made by credit card or EFT / bank wire transfer.
  • The 50% ($2,600) balance is due no later than November 1st. 
  • A valid credit card is also required at the time of booking, regardless of the chosen method of payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • In the event of your cancellation:
    • We will attempt to rebook the spots by advertising them on our website, via email and through social media. We will do this right up until the day that your trip is scheduled to begin. We can only rebook a cancelled spot when all other spots on the trip have been filled.
    • If we are able to rebook the spot in this way, a full refund will be given.
    • If we are unable to rebook the spot, no refund can be given.
    • We strongly urge you to take out an appropriate level of travel insurance for your NZ trip before you book, so that you are covered in the unlikely event that you need to cancel.

    Cancellations are only refundable if we can find a suitable replacement, which can only happen once the rest of the spots in your week are completely booked.

    COVID POLICY (NEW ZEALAND TRIPS)

    If COVID prevents these trips from running, your payment can be put toward a future NZ trip to be taken within the next two years.

    Payment of a deposit is acknowledgment that trip participants have read, understood and accepted our Booking and Cancellation Policy as outlined above.

    PLEASE NOTE – No refunds are available for unused portions of any package. All rates are subject to change without notice.



Our Cancellation Policy
 can be viewed here.


If you would like more information about these trips, please fill in the form below and we will get in touch that same day. Alternatively, you may phone us on any of the numbers below.



A detailed pre-trip packet describing all aspects of the trips is available and can be emailed to you upon request.

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

We thank you for taking the time to read about our New Zealand trips and we hope to fish with you soon.