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Guided Remote Fiordland Trout Fishing

Guided Remote Fiordland Trout Fishing


Half or Full Day Options

Experience a full or half day trout fishing adventure on the Waiau River, one of the most pristine and remote rivers in Fiordland. Unforgettable!

Trip Highlights:

Departing from either Te Anau or Queenstown, experience trout fishing in pristine and remote rivers in Fiordland. This is an unforgettable heli fishing adventure on Fiordland’s extraordinary Waiau River.

  • Departing from Queenstown – Transfer by taxi to meet your helicopter at White Point. Lift off over Lake Wakatipu, NZ’s longest lake and view the Mt Nicholas High Country Station as you begin your journey into Fiordland, flying across the Mavora Lakes.
  • Departing from Te Anau – Lift off from Te Anau lakefront. Fly over the impressive landscape of the Mavora Lakes, a conservation area made up of mountains, pristine lakes, lush forest and tussock grassland to land at the one-of-a-kind Waiau River.

Access to the river is provided by exclusive use of a jet boat, a true New Zealand way to traverse the river.  Jet boats are able to operate in only several inches of water, providing you with full access to all reaches of the river.

Teeming with Brown and Rainbow Trout and bordering Fiordland National Park, the Waiau River combines low fishing pressure with extraordinary Mayfly hatches for a fly fishing experience that is truly world class, yet largely undiscovered.

Why fish Fiordland’s Waiau River?

  • Perfect chance to battle bountiful, aggressive Fiordland rainbow and wily brown trout.
  • Using a jet boat provides superior manoeuvrability for top results drift fishing the river or accessing beaches and island on the river you can’t get to on foot.
  • This experience is suitable for beginners right through to very experienced, and non-fishing partners are welcome to join in for the day.
  • Experience the outstanding evening rises and Mayfly hatches that occur on the Upper Waiau.
  • Professional, hardworking kiwi guides, true Fiordland locals and great people to spend time with – they know the Waiau River like the back of their hand.
  • Enjoy kiwi hospitality at its very best; our BBQ lunch with locally sourced produce tops off an epic full day on the water.

Available as a morning, afternoon or full day, you’ll quickly see why professional anglers and those who have fished all over the world rave about their time spent fishing here.

After your day’s adventure, return to Queenstown or Te Anau by helicopter. Ask us about package, accommodation and dining options. We can arrange your entire trip to give you the best this area can offer.