Guided Fishing

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Trout Fisherman’s Dream

Lake Rotoroa Lodge is renowned as lying in the heart of South Island fly fishing country, which gives us access to some of the best fly fishing waters in New Zealand.

We have more than 22 rivers to choose from by 4WD on a normal weather day and more by helicopter. This is one of our great strengths offering a great mix of fly fishing experiences from the more productive waters to the more challenging for the fish of a lifetime.

With our numerous rivers and diverse locations, fishing options in inclement weather are greatly improved. We cannot promise that you will have perfect fishing every day, but we believe that we are a great deal more weather-proof than many other areas.


Our Professional Fishing Guides

There are so many reasons why a guide is vital anywhere in the world but in New Zealand the need is even more acute. We are proud of our guide crew. All of them have the imperative skills of very keen eyes and great knowledge of their local rivers from how the brown trout behave to the entomology required as the season progresses – these skills are a vital qualification for them to work at Lake Rotoroa Lodge. Your day begins following a hearty breakfast and chat with the guide before departing the lodge sometime around 0815. You will be back at the lodge by 5.30pm unless otherwise arranged.

We also believe that teamwork is critical to success on the river. Our guides understand that not everyone has the same fishing skills or wants to walk at a fast pace. They are skilled not only at teaching but at tailoring each individual day to suit the many and varied requirements of our guests.

Many of our guests just enjoy time on the water with a local guide – learning about the country is as much fun as catching the next fish. All these factors we believe contribute to a great guide and we have 100% confidence that a day on the water with a Lake Rotoroa Lodge guide will be more than just a fishing experience.

No Need to Travel with Equipment…

We recognize that increasingly our guests would prefer not to carry their fishing gear around with them for a three-week trip for the sake of one week’s fishing. We have responded by buying equipment to lend to our guests and are usually able to meet everyone’s needs

We have men’s and women’s waders (real women’s – not small men’s sizes) and wading boots of all shapes and sizes, and they are clean and in very good condition. We have over 40 rods in-house ranging from 3 to 6 weights in brands such as Thomas & Thomas, Loop, Sage and Hardy. We have two-piece to six-piece rods. In summary, with the exception of a rain jacket, we have everything that any of our guests could want up to size 14 boots!

Heli- Fishing specials and rates available on application.

Remember to book early to secure one of our experienced guiding team.