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Full-Day Fly Fishing in Fiordland

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What to Expect
Using his wealth of local knowledge, Mark Wallace and his team of top notch guides, will show you an extraordinary fly fishing experience on the mighty Waiau River which flows between Lake Te Anau and Manapouri. This is a must-do on any serious angler’s bucket list and a fishing experience you won’t find anywhere else.

The Waiau River is truly one-of-a-kind. Teeming with Brown and Rainbow Trout and bordering Fiordland National Park, the Waiau combines low fishing pressure with extraordinary Mayfly hatches for a fly fishing experience that’s truly world class yet often underrated. 

This is a great fit for anglers looking for an outstanding fly fishing adventure and it’s also a perfect river for those just getting to know fly fishing or trying it for the first time – our guides are friendly and patient providing essential tuition on the river.

A larger waterway; our highly experienced guides break the Waiau down and fish it like a small river. We know the Waiau like the back of our hands, and trout here are anything but hook-shy! Dotted with islands, beaches and eddies that are impossible to reach on foot, we use custom-built boats to navigate to the river’s best fishing spots, sometimes fishing from the boat drift-style if the client wishes. Don’t be put off by the use of the boat, trout on the Waiau are forgiving and settle fast once the boat has moved through and these boats are by far the superior method of maneuvering around this river.  

Join us for a full day of fly fishing on the mighty Waiau. You’ll quickly see why anglers who have fished all over the world rave about their time spent fishing with us.

Pre-booking is recommended Dec – Feb as availability is limited.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Fiordland Outdoors Co., Corner of Oraka Street and State Highway 94, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional private guide and boat to yourself
  • Morning and afternoon Tea with fresh, homemade baked goods
  • Riverside BBQ lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All fishing equipment supplied
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Fishing licenses, but we can organize these for you
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Charter is priced for up to 2 people. For just 1 person, please continue to book for 2 as this is the minimum trip rate.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

Have used this operation on a couple of occasions and they never fail to impress with their professionalism and incredible customer service. it is a pity other businesses cant take a leaf out of their book.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank NickA2820
Reviewed June 28, 2018

7 of us in two boats had an amazing day of fly fishing some of the wilder spots on the mighty Waiau. Dion and Ken were fantastic guides and incredible fish spotters! What an amazing day. Cheap at twice the price! And the lunch was...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Phil B
christinew860, Owner at Fiordland Outdoors Co., responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2018

Thank you for your review. The Waiau River is one of the few places you can effectively guide a group on the same water, spread out along it's 28km. Our lunches certainly are a highlight and great fun enjoyed together as a group on the...More

Reviewed June 19, 2018

We are leaving our review for our full day of fishing on March 14, 2018. My husband spent a great deal of time researching fishing options in New Zealand's South Island. We know we hit the fishing jackpot when we chose the Fiordland Outdoor Company....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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christinew860, General Manager at Fiordland Outdoors Co., responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2018

Thank you for this review, we are sad too that you look too far away to come out with us regularly, maybe one day we may see you again so we can enjoy a nice lunch. Thanks and take care, Christine and the Fiordland Outdoors...More

Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

Fishing the Waiau is truly a unique experience. And fishing it from a boat with a guide from Fiordland Outdoors is even more unique. You will catch beautiful rainbows and browns in an incredible landscape that sometimes resembles to a freshwater mangrove. Food is great...More

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Christine W, Owner at Fiordland Outdoors Co., responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Thank you Nicolas, we had a really great time looking after your group and showing you our river. Glad to hear you enjoyed our lunch spread too☺ Take care until we see you again. Mark, Christine, Dion, Ken and Shaun.

Reviewed May 27, 2018

I don't know If i have words enough to describe what a magnificent day myself and a select number of club members of the Wakatipu Anglers Club had when we organised a winter trip to Te Anau to fish the Waiau River. The team at...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Christine W, Owner at Fiordland Outdoors Co., responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Thanks Fraser, the most thorough review yet! You guys were amazing to host on the river for the day and we look forward to doing it again next season. Take care, Mark, Christine and the Fiordland Outdoors team.

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