New Zealand Back Country

flyfishnewzealand76Be it 4Wd, helicopter, or strictly by hiking, the back country waters on the south island of New Zealand offer incredible fly fishing opportunities. Many of our favourite trips include 4WD or helicopter access to back country waters, then hiking/packing from hut to hut or between primitive campsites. We invite you to camp in our rainforests, rising stream side to fish these remote waters. For our fit guests, it is possible to tramp from river to river, following a series of huts in the back country.

We can provide all camping gear for international travellers, reducing your travel load on air travel.

Many of New Zealand’s best trout waters are located in the back country and require time – meaning it is best to spend several nights camping or in our back country huts. We are fully outfitted for you to come and enjoy these waters.

The headwaters of remote rivers are only accessed via very rough private farm roads or Department of Conservation (D.O.C.) access tracks which a standard four-wheel drive vehicle (4WD) would most likely not be able to reach. Using a well fitted off-road 4WD, mountain bikes or a long walk is often the only way for a fly fisherman to get to such places. We have a well maintained off-road 4WD Isuzu DMax with a powerful engine and off road features allowing us to access these fishing waters in all safety.


Four-wheel driving one of those tracks is adding up an sense of adventure to your 100% Kiwi fly fishing trip. Our knowledge of such remote rivers in the region allows us to take you to water with very little fishing pressure. As it is hard to find such areas accessible by a vehicle those rivers have become our very own secret spots. Many of the tracks driven to access more remote fishing grounds are quite rough and slow to go but the comfort and capability of our vehicle makes your trip a fun one always with maximum safety . Modern equipment and safety gear including an emergency locator beacon (E.P.I.R.B.) is always handy when travelling to the back country.

Helicopter flights can make the remote back country wilderness very accessible.

flyfishnewzealand77We have heli fishing opportunities in the Karamea, Hanmer Springs, and Franz Joseph/Fox Glacier regions, providing literally hundreds of kilometres of back country rivers, many of which get light pressure. We work in conjunction with pilots to ensure that the water we fish has been rested prior to your trip. If a reach hasn’t been rested for several days, we simply won’t fly to fish that water, opting for another instead.

While helicopter fly fishing can be done in a day, we strongly recommend multiple days. There are many locations where we can fish up and downstream of a drop off point. Also, for the truly adventurous, we can fly to one location and fish a couple of days, then hike a few hours to another water. There are many options available, only limited by time. The back country is definitely yours to discover, a helicopter saves much time and effort!

flyfishnewzealand79Helicopter fishing has become a bit of a boutique niche. Without a doubt the fishing in rivers, almost only accessible by helicopter, can be as good as fishing can get. These unmodified ecosystems may contain higher numbers of visible and more naive fish. Expect to pay an extra NZ$1600-1900 for the treat. If money is no issue jump at it! However you may consider that hiring a guide for an extra day  or two instead is money well spent. In two days you may well come across just as many fish, learn more and have more time to take it all in.
Walking is very important and the back country waters require you to be in at least moderate condition, regardless if you tramp or fly in.

If we are tramping to a hut or sleeping in a tent way in the back country, you must be able to carry your own gear and pack on your back. Our focus is to stay in back country huts rather than tents.

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