5 Reasons Why New Zealand is a Great Destination to Fish Pre Xmas...

Nick Spotting

At Riverview Lodge we've discovered that the months prior to christmas are the most under utilised of the season.  See our top 5 reasons why New Zealand is a great fishing destination leading into the silly season....

1. Less Fishing Pressure
The New Zealand trout fishing season starts in October however we find that most anglers don't get an opportunity to head out onto the rivers until late December early January. This means pre-xmas the rivers are generally under fished, hence a great time to land hungry trout.

2. Trout Start Moving out of the Deep Water
As more dry fly insect life becomes prevalent the trout tend to move out of their deep holes towards the surface. Trout are generally easier to catch when they are feeding on the top.

3. The Spring Season Water Levels Have Settled
We find the rains of Spring subside & river levels start to steady, returning our rivers to that "gin clear" state which makes for great trout fishing.

4. Great way to Break Up a Cold Winter in the Northern Hemisphere
As New Zealand is based in the Southern Hemisphere, the warmer days & longer nights in the months of November & December make for a great fishing escape from a Northern Hemisphere Winter.

5. Airfares are Generally Cheaper to New Zealand Pre Xmas
Due to lower tourist numbers heading to New Zealand in the months of October, November & early December flights are substantially cheaper, making for a great time to travel.


Looking for an Excuse for a Fishing Trip with a Group of Friends? Or end of year Corporate Trip?

Take advantage of the Riverview Lodge special package for groups:

"Make a booking for 4 people & 1 person stays for Half Price" for all bookings made prior to July 31st 2016 for guided fishing in the months of November & December 2016. All bookings must be for a minimum of 3 days. Maximum 6 clients per group.

Package includes:

  • Guided Fly Fishing (max 2 anglers per guide)
  • Accommodation with Private Room & Ensuite
  • Transfers to & from Christchurch Airport to Lodge
  • All meals prepared by Private Chef
  • Beer & wine

Contact Riverview Lodge Today to secure your much deserved New Zealand trout fishing experience.