New Zealand

South Island Independent Guide Tour

Max Salzburg May 31, 2023

For guests that want to experience great South Island fishing, but don't want the white tablecloths, our network of independent guide are a great way to go.

For some traveling anglers, great angling adventures don't require mints on the pillows, heated towel racks, or world-class chefs. What really matters are top-shelf guides, a comfortable bed, and a hot shower. For those that are as happy dining in pubs and local bakeries as they are at five-star restaurants and lodges, and do not need the amenities provided by full service lodges there are options.

The biggest advantage of fishing with independent guides is that it offers maximum flexibility. It is possible to mix and match guides, fish differing numbers of days in different regions, or take days off while traveling. Below is an 18-day itinerary showcasing a trip from south to north on the South Island. This is not a set itinerary but rather a flexible example of what can be done within our independent guide network. 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Auckland (AKL), Transfer to Queenstown (ZQN). Rent a car and drive approximately two hours to Te Anau.
Overnight: Lakeside Motel

Day 2 - 4: Three full days of guided fishing with Dean Bell.
Eat: Redcliff Cafe

Day 5: Drive approximately one hour to Lumsden, Full day of guided fishing with Kristina Placko or Daryl Paskell.
Overnight: Mossburn Railway Hotel / Wheels and Reels Accommodation

Day 6 - 7: Two more full days of guided fishing with Kristina Placko or Daryl Paskell.
Eat: Roasted x Toasted - ROAR Coffee

Day 8: Drive approximately five hours to Fairlie.
Overnight: Pinewood Motel

Day 9 - 11: Three days of guided fishing with Mark Davis or Kevin Payne.
Eat: Fairie Bakehouse

Day 12: Drive approximately six hours to Murchison.
Overnight: Grand Suites Murchison

Day 13 - 14: Two days of guided fishing with Doug Corbett.
Eat: The Cow Shed

Day 15: Drive approximately two hours to Motueka.
Overnight: Nautilus Lodge

Day 16 - 17: Two days of guided fishing with Steve Perry.
Eat: The Boat Shed Cafe

Day 18: Drive to Nelson, Depart Nelson (NSN)

Let's Get You Ready To Fish With An Independent Guide

Our New Zealand Destination Manager is Max Salzburg