Fly-fishing in the South Island Itinerary
This 7-day fly-fishing journey starts with the legendary Mataura River, known for its 'rising fish' and 'may-fly' hatch, and brings you to some of New Zealand's top fly-fishing spots. This is a journey of breathtaking mountain scenery, picturesque river valleys, and plenty of isolated fishing sites that takes you from Southland's lush rural areas to Fiordland's majestic rivers.
Day 1: Spend the day in Invercargill
Spend your first day in Invercargill, the largest city in Southland. The fine historic department stores and spacious, easy-to-navigate streets of Invercargill are well-known. Bluff oysters and blue cod are two local delicacies. A tuatara home and an excellent display of New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands may be found at the Southland Museum and Gallery. Another must-see attraction is Transport World, which features a large collection of automobiles and motorcycles.
InvercargillInvercargill, New Zealand
Day 2 - 3: Invercargill to Gore
Gore is a fly-dream. fisherman's In the town center, the self-proclaimed 'Capital of Brown Trout,' there is even a large leaping brown trout monument. Anglers from all over the world flock to the Mataura River to witness the legendary 'May-fly' hatch or 'Rising fish.' Spend a few days in Gore visiting the greatest fishing sites. Fly Fish Mataura offers guided tours, or you may learn more about the greatest fishing sites by visiting the local iSITE. Non-fishers can learn about the history of illicit whisky production at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, visit the Eastern Southland Gallery, or travel farther out to The Catlins, which has rough coastline and plentiful wildlife.
GoreGore, New Zealand
Day 4 - 5: Gore to Te Anau
Travel to Fiordland, one of New Zealand's most dramatic and beautiful regions. Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is part of the region, as are the famous Milford, Dusky, and Doubtful Sounds. Make a day to go fly-fishing. There are numerous guided fishing alternatives in this area. If you're traveling by yourself, the Eglington and Routeburn rivers are two of the greatest in the area. There are a variety of activities available for non-fishing members to get up close and personal with the breathtaking environment. Explore Fiordland via hiking, flying, kayaking, or cruising.
Te AnauTe Anau, New Zealand
Day 6: Day trip to Doubtful or Milford Sound
Explore the area's magnificent fiords. Day trips from Te Anau to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are fantastic. While Milford Sound is the more well-known of the two, Doubtful Sound offers a less crowded alternative. In either case, you'll be treated to breathtaking scenery, stunning waterfalls, and plenty of wildlife.
Milford SoundMilford Sound, Southland, New Zealand
Day 7: Te Anau to Queenstown
Spend the final day of your journey in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. Take a break from fishing and try one of the various activities available, which include everything from kayaking and cycling to jet skiing and bungee jumping. Millbrook, Jack's Point, and The Hills are just a few of the excellent golf courses near Queenstown. Alternatively, visit the Gibbston Valley to experience the world-famous wines produced there.