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    Exclamation North/ South Island NZ recommendations

    Having dreamed about New Zealand for most of my conscious life I now have the opportunity to go. Iíll be there 6th December thugs year for 4-5 days in North Or South Island depending on consensus. I havenít decided exactly where yet, as thatís down to what you all recommend!
    I am a mad keen dry fly man (but like the challenge of the nymph too). Wild trout in rivers is my quarry and iím willing to take on a challenge. Particularly interested in browns. As a flavour I fish the Derbyshire Wye and Lathkill, the Dorset Frome with trips to the Corrib in spring.

    I likely wonít get the opportunity again so Iím willing to justify some ££ and really go for it (willing to consider a heli trip). Will be with my wife and 3month old so something for them is useful.
    To be honest I suppose I need a good guide, with the same passion for wild fish I have, and the rest will follow I imagine. Recommendations (of areas and guides) go a long way so iíd really value anyoneís input from here as I know
    many of you have been and experienced NZ in all itís glory.
    I donít want to leave wishing I had done something differently so really want to get it right.
    Last edited by rosta; 08-10-2017 at 10:04 AM.

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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    Give these guys a shout https://www.reelescapes.com/ a sponsor of this forum so they would be keen to advise

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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    Been a bit back now but not impressed with the trout fishing on the North Island. Now the South Island was (save for all the bittie bugs) 'A Good Thing.'

    Save for the major population centers you'll (pretty much) have the place to your self.

    fae
    Fred Evans - White City, Oregon

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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    I didnít fish NI but thereís some amazing fishing there, just check out Andrew Hardings videos... a number of them fish8ng literally just outside Wellington...
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=206s&v=z3jA5B559ak

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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    I Lived in the North Island for 27 years and the fishing is superb! In the South Island as a rule of thumb you will find clear streams, fantastic landscapes and big fish that are very spooky and there may only be one fish every mile or so, if you cant spot them or you spook them it's a long walk to the next chance! In the North Island the access is easier, the landscapes are just as lovely and the streams and rivers tend to hold many more fish!
    If I only had 5 or 6 days in the North Island I would spend 2 days in the Taupo region (you will need a guide to get the best out of it) and 3 days in the Wellington region, do contact Andrew Christmas in the Taupo area and as mentioned Andrew Harding in the Wellington area. In Taupo you can expect to catch large Browns and Rainbows in the back country and in Wellington mostly large Browns, have a look at Andrew Hardings' films, they are superb!
    and from a previous post "for a bit of online research have a look at the NZ Fish and Game web site, some great info on here including licence info and a heap of "where" and "how to" for each region: https://fishandgame.org.nz/auckland/
    Another good site is: New Zealand Fly Fishing-New Zealand Fishing-NZ fly fishing guide-nzfishing just click on the map for a list of fishable water in each region including access info that can be very useful.
    If you are visiting the Auckland area then you can have some superb sport fishing the Salt Water and the best guide is Matt Von Sturmer, his site is here: https://saltflyfish.co.nz/ he is a great bloke and a very good guide."
    All the best
    Mike
    Last edited by mike j thomas; 09-10-2017 at 07:41 AM.

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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    And I would second Mike's recommendation of Andrew Christmas. I fished with him in December 2014 and had some great days. A really good day on the Waipunga between Taupo & Napier, followed by a 2 day rafting trip with my family down the Tongariro, camping out overnight. Mostly nymph work, but some wonderful dry fly fishing in the evening, fishing barefoot from the sandy beach at our camp site. Difficult to see that white water rafting working for your 3 month old though ...

    Have a great trip.

    David

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    Default Re: North/ South Island NZ recommendations

    Thanks for the advice. Will probably head to Taupo.
    Now all I need to do is work out how entertain my wife and 3
    month old North Island NZ recommendations whilst Iím out fishing...again any advice appreciated!


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    Default Re: North/ South Island NZ recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by rosta View Post
    Thanks for the advice. Will probably head to Taupo.
    Now all I need to do is work out how entertain my wife and 3
    month old North Island NZ recommendations whilst Iím out fishing...again any advice appreciated!


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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    Lots to do in the central North Island, close to Taupo is the Craters of the Moon Thermal area, a very nice boardwalk amongst bubbling mud and steam etc and the Huka Falls are across the road from there. The lake itself is a great place for a swim. Taupo itself is a decent sized town with plenty of shopping and nice Cafe's and bars.
    If your wife has access to a car the Volcano's are only a forty minute or so drive away and the Tongariro has a lovely Riverside walk as well as the Trout Centre just outside Turangi (on the way), if you head towards Rotorua about an hour or less from Taupo is the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland, a huge area of thermal pools of all sorts of colours and well worth a visit https://www.waiotapu.co.nz/ When you turn into Waiotapu loop road before you get to the thermal wonderland you will cross a small bridge over a stream, if you stop here you can change into your swimmers and hop into the stream, it is thermal and the main pool below the bridge is about the temperature of a warm bath!
    The closest international Airport is Auckland, so you may get a chance to fish with Mat Von Sturmer, if you do you will have a great time, Auckland has some of the best Salt Fly fishing anywhere! Also worth a look in Auckland if you have a day is the Skytower, on a nice day you can see for miles.
    All the best
    Mike

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    Default Re: North Island NZ recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by mike j thomas View Post
    Lots to do in the central North Island, close to Taupo is the Craters of the Moon Thermal area, a very nice boardwalk amongst bubbling mud and steam etc and the Huka Falls are across the road from there. The lake itself is a great place for a swim. Taupo itself is a decent sized town with plenty of shopping and nice Cafe's and bars.
    If your wife has access to a car the Volcano's are only a forty minute or so drive away and the Tongariro has a lovely Riverside walk as well as the Trout Centre just outside Turangi (on the way), if you head towards Rotorua about an hour or less from Taupo is the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland, a huge area of thermal pools of all sorts of colours and well worth a visit https://www.waiotapu.co.nz/ When you turn into Waiotapu loop road before you get to the thermal wonderland you will cross a small bridge over a stream, if you stop here you can change into your swimmers and hop into the stream, it is thermal and the main pool below the bridge is about the temperature of a warm bath!
    The closest international Airport is Auckland, so you may get a chance to fish with Mat Von Sturmer, if you do you will have a great time, Auckland has some of the best Salt Fly fishing anywhere! Also worth a look in Auckland if you have a day is the Skytower, on a nice day you can see for miles.
    All the best
    Mike

    Great advice, thanks

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