Southern Lakes Fishing Safaris, New Zealand

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Southern Lakes Fishing Safaris have provided guided fly fishing for Brown and Rainbow trout on the streams, rivers and lakes of the magnificent Southern lakes region in the South Island of New Zealand since 2000. This area includes three National Parks: Fiordland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park and Westland National Park. Their uniqueness and beauty have been recognized worldwide, and that they have been designated as a World Heritage Area. Lodging is based in Wanaka, which is a resort town in the heart of the Southern lakes region. It is an ideal holiday base and has reasonable access to the West Coast, Mt Cook, Queenstown and Fiordland.


Accommodations vary.  It is up to you to decide if you want, as Wanaka has a large selection of accommodations from high- end hotels and lodges to modest hotels or motels.


Mark Buckingham of Southern Lakes Fishing Safaris provides an excellent guide service for rainbow and brown trout fishing on lakes, rivers, and streams of the central lower South Island of New Zealand. The area includes the magnificent Southern Lakes region of New Zealand known for its fishing. Most of the fishing is sight fishing. It is challenging, exciting and rewarding. Mark specializes in fly fishing and caters to all experience levels.
In addition to trout fishing, Mark provides guided fishing tours for Quinnat (Chinook) salmon on several South Island east coast rivers. The salmon average is 13-16lbs, with fish 20-35lbs not uncommon. Runs begin in December and go to the end of April. The better time is February through mid-April. A minimum of 2 days but preferably 4-6 days give you the best chance of catching a New Zealand Quinnat salmon. An added attraction to going salmon fishing is the opportunity to use different tackle and to fish for large sea run brown trout (4-10lbs+). Salmon fishing trips can be combined with trout fishing. This combo provides anglers with an interesting selection of experiences.

Getting There

The closest international airport is at Queenstown, a 50 minute drive along a scenic highway. There is also a daily flight into Wanaka from Christchurch.


Wanaka is on the shores of Lake Wanaka and is a gateway to the spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park; it offers visitors a range of activities. You may choose from the very active to passive, including mountain biking, cycling, scenic flights, hiking, rounds of golf, tours of the wineries, and more.

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