Our Location

We are located in Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. Hanmer Springs is 90 minutes drive northwest of Christchurch. Hanmer Springs was built up around the Hanmer Springs pools and is famous New Zealand-wide for its thermal pools and romantic hillsides. The town is perpetually amongst New Zealand’s top rated Holiday destinations. Hanmer Springs has many wonderful restaurants, shops, horse back riding, tramping and mountain bike trails, as well as having a heli base located just south of the village for ease of flying to the back country. This location makes it easy to add a day of fishing to your holidays with the family right from Hanmer Springs.

flyfishnewzealandmapThe map to the right shows New Zealand’s south island. Our guiding area is highlighted in yellow at the NW of the south island. Within our operating area, but not limited to it, there are literally dozens of waters to fish, from small spring creeks, seasonal streams, small to large rivers, and a variety of lakes. The opportunities are endless. The other key is that we are situated to be able to quickly move east-west, across the island in times of different weather conditions that impact our waters. Reefton is one of our main fly fishing guiding area on the West Coast.

Car rentals are best made through the variety of companies at the Christchurch airport.

International travel generally flies to Auckland on the north island, then connects with an hour flight to Christchurch. Travel from your home country may include direct or connecting flights. Travel from Los Angeles, USA is 12 hours, Vancouver, Canada is 14 hours, from Sydney, Australia 3 1/2 hrs, and Singapore is 11 hrs.

The accommodations available on your trip include lodges/ inns/ hotels/ motels/ bed and breakfasts/ campgrounds/ back country huts/ back country camping. We can provide detailed options to you when we discuss your trip logistics. There are many different accommodations in the Hanmer Springs area, as well as the remainder of our guiding area.

We are located an hour from the WEST COAST fishing region as well. It doesn’t matter what magazine or internet site you view, the west coast of New Zealand’s south island consistently rates as one of the world’s top “most scenic” drives. It is an amazing drive, of persistent vistas from peak to sea. The west coast is an incredible rainforest, the transition of plant species from the coast to the alps a wonderful experience. Driving the coastline and enjoying the Nikau Palms and tree ferns while zig zagging on highway 6 is, indeed, a special trip.’

flyfishnewzealand79Facts
Why The West Coast Is Also Called “The Best Coast”:

  • The West Coast area is 10% of New Zealand’s surface with less than 1% of the population. Imagine the potential!
  • This is a place where nature is still the way nature was created, 90% of the Coast are protected reserves and national parks.
  • People consider the Coast as one of the most beautiful places in the country and we are sure you will agree.
  • Here there is no saying “the good old days”; we are still in the good old days.
  • The West Coast has 100% wild and self-sustaining fisheries where the Brown Trout is king. Some good Rainbow Trout, Salmon and Kahawai are also found.
  • If it is solitude, adventure and outstanding fishing in the great outdoors you are after, you will find it here. If you are after easy access or remote area fishing, you will find both here. If you are after a family holiday, with the chance to sneak away for some fishing, you can do that here too. What else can you ask for?
  • Other Attractions and ActivitiesKaramea: Oparara arches and honeycomb caves with Honeycombe Cave Tours.
  • Westport: Cape Foulwind seal colony and the Coal Town Museum for a Coast discovery.
  • Westport: Top adventure activities with Buller Adventure Tours.
  • Westport: Visit the Miners microbrewery and taste some of the best beers ever.
  • Charlestone: Rafting subterranean streams, surrounded by amazing formations & glow-worms with Norwest Adventures.
  • Between Westport and Greymouth is a wild, ruggedly beautiful Coastline that features the unique Pancake Rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki. Visit the uniquely stunning Paparoa National Park. Take enough film! Bird lovers visit the worlds only Black Petrel breeding grounds.
  • Greymouth: Jade Gallery or try your hand at gold panning at Shantytown, a replica gold field town.
  • Lake Brunner and Moana, for dream scenery.
  • Hokitika: Working artisans, galleries and the Native Fish of New Zealand aquarium.
  • Lake Kaniere and Hokitika Gorge for water lovers.
  • Whataroa: On the shores of the Okarito Lagoon is New Zealand’s only nesting colony of the white heron.
  • Fox and Franz Josef: Graded glacier trips for every level of fitness and experience. There are scenic flights and helicopter excursions for those who wish to view the glaciers from the air.
  • Fox: Visit post card picturesque Lake Matheson.
  • The whole West Coast region offers a variety of short scenic walks and hiking opportunities, as well as a huge range of exciting adventure activities for all ages and levels of competence. Check out our links for details.

Main Centres
Westport – Main town in the north of the region with 4600 inhabitants and located at the mouth of the mighty fish rich Buller River. The town was established in 1861 by gold miners and large amounts of gold were found in the district. There is still gold in the area and there is nothing to stop you panning for it. Westport has its own airport serviced by Air New Zealand Link via Wellington or by chartered aircraft flights to and from Christchurch. The closest international airports are Christchurch and Wellington. 
Greymouth 
– The capital and also the largest town on the Coast. Best known for its jade crafts, Shantytown historic gold town and award winning Monteiths’ Brewery. 
Hokitika – 
Main town in the south West Coast and host to the West Coast Museum, craft galleries, many historic buildings and the native fish of New Zealand aquarium.

Travel Instructions
Access to the region is easy and spectacularly scenic. You can reach the Coast through the Buller Gorge from Picton or Nelson, from Christchurch through the Lewis Pass via historic Reefton or over the high alpine Arthur’s Pass and from Queenstown through Haast Pass. The roads are easy to drive and not crowded at all. Rental cars are available. There are many bus companies regularly travelling to and from the West Coast.
Find a road and guiding location map here.

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