Nelson & Marlborough

The Nelson / Marlborough region of the South Island of New Zealand, locally known as the “Top of the South” has an enormous variety of rivers and diverse geography to fish in. The region boasts over 40 rivers and streams to test your skill on, from small intimate rivers like the Owen River to the classic freestone braided larger rivers that New Zealand is famous for like the Wairau River.  

Combine this diversity with the pristine wilderness of the myriad of rivers that flow through Kahurangi National Park, such as the Karamea, or the D’Urville River that flows through Nelson Lakes National  Park,  and you will see why the region has developed a reputation as one of the best brown trout sighted fisheries in the world.

All the members listed on this web site have the following vital accreditations:

  • Current  first aid certificate
  • DOC Concession to guide on the DOC estate
  • Audited Health & Safety Plan
  • Public liability insurance

Anton Donaldson

Anton Donaldson runs New Zealand Trout Adventures a guided fly fishing business based in the Nelson region. Anton specialises in sight fishing for large hard fighting brown trout in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast regions.The region is New Zealand’s premier fly fishing experience. Miles of crystal clear rivers that hold wild brown trout averaging 4lb with much bigger fish lurking in the mysterious emerald pools of the Kahurangi National Park.

Anton grew up on the West Coast and is looking forward to taking you on a multi-day trip to show you some of his old haunts taking in a diverse range of fly fishing opportunities.For a full backcountry experience Anton enjoys overnight camping trips, staying in either tents or Department of Conservation huts. Flats style saltwater fly fishing for Yellow Tail Kingfish is seasonally available. These are quite possibly the toughest fighting fish in the ocean. Imagine the heart stopping take of a meter long kingfish smashing your fly in knee deep water! Kahawai and snapper can also targeted on the fly. Telephone: +64 279 325 084

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Aaron Ford

Aaron Ford runs Uppacreek Guiding which is based in Motueka at the top of the South Island. Aaron offers single and multi day trips including helicopter camping and fishing trips. Personalised Adventure, Kayaking, Hiking and Golf can also be arranged. 5 star lodge accommodation can be arranged.

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John Gendall

Outstanding Fishing is complemented with personal hospitality in the comfort of a small lodge  right in Nelson Lakes National Park. A unique fishing experience with a spirited and knowledgeable guide who knows NZ’s south island rivers intimately. 18 years of guiding experience means a few tricks learnt ! John’s enthusiasm for the sport and environment are infectious, He’s only too happy in sharing  his knowledge with clients in a relaxed and fun approach.  Telephone: +64 3 548 7892

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Mike Kirkpatrick

Mike Kirkpatrick owns and operates Latitude Guiding based in Nelson and has a passion for stalking large Brown Trout in the wonderful ‘top of the south’ region renowned for its sunny Mediterranean climate and endless Rivers, Lakes and Streams. Mike is intimate with many ‘secret’ spots off the beaten track and is able to organize a variety of trips to suit both expert and novice alike, with a specialty being overnight campout trips in the spectacular Nelson, Marlborough, Murchison, North Canterbury and West Coast regions.

He always strives to deliver the best in both quality fishing and the overall angling experience and understands the need to be lighthearted and have a sense of the ‘fun’ aspect. Hike in, 4x4 and Helicopter trips are all catered for and taken on with enthusiasm. Quality gear can be supplied if needed (rods, reels, waders, camping gear etc.) along with a vast array of specialty home tied flies to give you the edge. Filming your trips is also a service offered (Mike is the producer of four DVD’s focused on fishing the top of the south). “I pride myself in being able to understand what you, the angler, really want to get out of your very valuable time on the water, and will do my very best to make your angling dreams a reality” Mike Kirkpatrick – LATITUDE GUIDING. Telephone: + 64 3 545 9115

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Zane Mirfin

American angler and author Zane Grey, and his legendary 1926 book Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado, New Zealand lit a fire under New Zealand fly fishing that burns brightly to this day. Guide Zane Mirfin has kept the reality of big trout caught in wild places alive for visiting anglers since 1985, and at 48 years old, is fit, strong, and ready to go.Based in Nelson, Zane has great knowledge of the South Island fishery and knows where the best trout swim and how to catch them. Co-author of two fly fishing books Brown Trout Heaven – Fly Fishing New Zealand’s South Island and The Last Best Place – Images of New Zealand Fly Fishing, Zane is well known for his journalistic contributions to NZ fishing magazines and newspapers.

Zane offers some of the best year-round range of fishing opportunities in the business. Enjoy fishing local rivers from proven bases or challenge yourself with helicopter access, raft fishing, angling road trips, wilderness camp-outs, or sight fishing the saltwater sandflats of Golden Bay for Yellowtail Kingfish.Zane operates a commercially registered boat MNZ134307 for trout and up to 30 species of saltwater fish.Strike now and experience true fishing adventure.

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Stephen Greaney

Stephen Greaney is a fishing guide based out of Motueka, near the city of Nelson located at the top of the South Island. Steve specialises in the abundance of brown trout located in the many rivers the area has to offer. With 15 years experience on local and backcountry rivers he is very keen to teach beginners and enjoys the big days in the river. Accommodation available. 

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Craig Simpson

You can contact Craig via telephone: +64 3 523 9199

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Scott Murray

Scott Murray, better known as Scott “The Trout” around the world, has become famous in his own right as a renowned brown trout Fly Fishing Guide.  Scott has fished in several other countries and has been featured on several TV shows, including two ESPN Shows.  He was also on the front cover of both “Fly Rod & Reel” and “Fly Fisherman” in America.  He leads River Haven’s team of Guides, considered to be one of the friendliest, most experienced in New Zealand.  Twenty-two of his many years of experience, have been spent guiding on the upper South Island!  His high return client base speaks for itself, as his personality, attitude, skills, patience and knowledge bring back clients year after year. His natural skill, combined with years of spending time with both learners and seasoned anglers, and his understanding their expectations and skill level, helps him give his clients the most memorable fly fishing holiday ever!   He has a unique instinct to read the fishery, as well as his client’s desires and combines them to create an amazing time for those that fish with him.  Scott and his lovely wife, Leya built River Haven Lodge on the banks of the Mangles River, to accommodate those with the same passion for fishing and the outdoors.  As every minute of your NZ holiday is precious, don’t waste a second of it; get the Guide that will make your dreams come true!

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Boris Cech

The ultimate fly fishing challenge - stalking the ever elusive New Zealand brown trout. Boris Cech of Kehu Guiding - an established fly fishing guiding service, with professional dedicated guides who are passionate about providing you with an outstanding fishing experience. Landing a ten pounder is possible on any day! Wilderness camp-outs are a highlight of our guiding service. An angling adventure, fly fishing remote rivers where New Zealand's large wily browns reside. Here the scenery is breathtaking and the fly fishing fantastic.Telephone + 64 3 521 1840

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Peter Flintoft

Pete has been a professional fishing guide in the Murchison region since 1988. Pete loves teaching beginners the fine art of fly fishing; his relaxed style and 25+ years professional guiding experience are combined with a great sense of humour and the love of seeing people catch fish !

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Lindsay White

Lindsay has been a full time professional trout fishing guide in the Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast regions since 1985. He is based near Murchison.From this location it is possible to fish 30 different rivers or streams via 4WD vehicle and a further 21 wilderness or back country rivers via helicopter.The trout in most of these rivers average in the 4lb to 5lb range.Lindsay specializes in sight fishing for trophy Brown Trout. Telephone: + 64 3 523 9114

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Greg Gardiner

Let Greg be your guide along the world famous Brown Trout rivers of the upper South Island of New Zealand. Taking in the rivers of the Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Hanmer regions. Greg over the last 8 years has built up an extensive knowledge of the better fish producing rivers in these regions, and combined with an attitude that what you want as an angler comes first will make your trip a very memorable one indeed. Greg prefers to do a multi day tour starting in Christchurch and working up through to Nelson taking in different rivers on the way. He is also quite happy to work the other way i.e. picking up in Nelson and working down to Christchurch. He believes this method gives greater flexibility as well as a good variety of different environments in which to fish. Greg and his family own a piece of farmland in Murchison (1.5 hours from Nelson) which is right on the bank of the Maruia river (the Maruia is a well known trout river in the top of the south island with plenty of 3-5lb Brown Trout). They have a modest 3 bedroom farmhouse on the property, which means you can stay close to the action.

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David Pike

David is a highly experienced guide with over 20 years’ experience guiding in the Nelson/West coast region.  David guides out of Owen River Lodge.

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Bill Woollcombe

Bill is a flyfishing guide of 14 years standing. based in the wine region of Marlborough. Bill is able to offer both the novice of more advanced fisher an unforgetable and rewarding adventure, from browns to rainbows in the pictureesque landscape while in Marlborough. Mainly sight fishing, nymphing and dry fly where conditions are suitable. Bill can supply all equipment including rods, waders and is first aid certified. Bill can arrange accomodation options from 5 star to the more boutique style accomodation which Marlborough offers. Landline +64-3-578-9360 and Mobile +64-27-499-2976.

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Hans Kreuer

Hans is an experienced and knowledgeable fly fisherman, based in Nelson, who has travelled all over the world fly fishing. He offers a range of fishing options throughout the South Island. Trips can be tailored to suit your needs. Tuition is also offered if required.  

For more information telephone me +64 3 547 2947

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Jules Evans

Jules can be contacted on +64 27 9450404 julesfish1@gmail.com

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Richard Booth

You can contact Richard via his website or telephone: +64 27 474 4131

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Paul van de Loo

Enjoy great days of fishing with a professional guide committed to making your fishing expectations a REALITY! Paul is a passionate, highly experienced professional fly fishing guide, since 1990, fishing in New Zealand, Alaska, British Columbia, USA, Europe, Scandinavia, and Australia. Being based in the Murchison area allows Paul to plan your Brown Trout fly fishing experience in the Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, and North Canterbury fish and game regions with ease. As a professional fly fishing guide Paul can give you every assurance that your fishing experience will be conducted in a professional manner at all times, honouring our fishing etiquette, working with respect for you and the environment. His craft has been developed over the years by spending time with both novice and seasoned fly fishers, listening to their expectations, observing their techniques, and working with them to achieve the most rewarding fly fishing experience.

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Steve Perry

Steve is based at Motueka near Nelson the nation’s sunshine and geographic center. Specialising in stalking and sight fishing for brown trout, Steve guides the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast regions including the Motueka, Buller and Wairau rivers and tributaries. Catering for all levels of angler experience, Steve strives to provide a high quality, safe and memorable angling experience for all visitors to our beautiful region. Quality equipment is supplied. Available for half, full and multi day bookings. Wilderness heli fishing and camp out options available.

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Felix Borenstein

Felix is the General Manager and owner of Owen River Lodge which is located right on the Owen River - near Murchison. Felix established Owen River Lodge as a specialist fly fishing lodge in 2003, the lodge is centrally located, with easy access to the Nelson/ Marlborough and West Coast fisheries. This location places the lodge right in the middle of some of the best brown trout fishing in the world. Our guests enjoy fly fishing on numerous blue-ribbon streams and rivers, with over 30 waters accessible by road (most within 1 hour's drive), and countless others by helicopter. Telephone + 64 3 523 9075

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Tony Entwistle

I have been guiding fulltime since 1980. As one of New Zealand's most experienced fly-fishing guides, I have an in-depth knowledge of the tremendous variety of fishing options available in the upper South Island and work hard to provide a high standard of service for both skilled and novice anglers. My base is in Richmond, but I guide on most waters throughout the Nelson, Marlborough, upper West Coast and North Canterbury regions.

Working as an independent guide, my services include local-river and extended road trips, backcountry helicopter fly-outs and wilderness campouts, principally fishing dry-fly or weighted nymphs and catching both average (3.5lb) and trophy (10lb+) brown trout. I am a Life Member and past-President of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and served on the Association Executive for many years. My commitment is to provide you with a quality angling experience that will improve your chances of success and help lift your angling skills to a new level. Telephone + 64 27 473 2483

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