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:
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.Contact Zane Mirfin
Hi, I'm Hans Kreuer, your fly fishing guide based in Nelson. I have a passion for helping anglers of all abilities achieve their angling dreams, ensuring they have a great trip by working as hard as I can. I have a relaxed style and am able to draw upon decades of fly fishing experience, both overseas (and the last 13 years) here in New Zealand. I take pride in the hand crafted flies I tie to give my clients the edge, and give help where needed with casting and general river skills, to help turn chance into reality. I like a laugh on the river and even a beer later if that takes your fancy. Overnight camping and multi-day road trips are my favourites as they allow time for a bond between guide and client to form, and also to add variety to your valuable fishing time. Single day trips are also a great option with a myriad of rivers available within a short drive of my Nelson base.
I speak fluent German to compliment my English, and I hope you take the chance to team up with me in the amazing pursuit of the large Brown and Rainbow trout that abound here in what I regard as the best sight fishery in the world.Contact Hans Kreuer
Throughout Blair's 20 plus years of fly fishing and guiding he has gained an appreciation not only for the trout we pursue but for the magnificent country in which we live. Sharing anything from a delicate lowland mayfly hatch on the Motueka River to the roaring gorges and high country of the South Island, he is a bloke who can find humour in any situation.
From learner fishers to the most hardened trout bum, Blair is happy to formulate a plan with you to maximise your time in our extraordinary environment. Multi day trips traversing the back country by foot, chopper or 4wd is where he’s most at home and has a keen interest in botany and entomology. His flies have been published and the patterns he ties will give you a creative edge on the water.
You can contact Blair by clicking on the link below or call him on +64 27 264 9934
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 30+ years professional guiding experience are combined with a great sense of humour and the love of seeing people catch fish ! Peter guides out of Owen River Lodge.Contact Peter Flintoft
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.Contact Aaron Ford
Richard is a highly experienced flyfishing guide with over 40 years experience fishing and guiding in the Nelson and Marlborough regions. Richard has taken the study of entomology seriously to give you the upperhand when selecting one of his masterfully handcrafted flies. With a great love of flyfishing and understanding your needs, Richard will cleverly tailor make a perfect day for you on one of our famous rivers or secretly hidden streams. So whether you are a novice angler, or need some extra care or a seasoned fisherman, Richard will guide you with patience, sincerity and good humour to fulfil your fishing dreams.Contact Richard Booth
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.Contact Greg Gardiner
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 7892Contact John Gendall
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 1840Contact Boris Cech
Felix is the owner of Owen River Lodge which is located right on the Owen River, near Murchison. Felix established Owen River Lodge as a specialist, luxury 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 very best wild 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 9075Contact Felix Borenstein
David is a highly experienced fishing guide with over 25 years’ experience guiding in the Nelson/West coast region of New Zealand. David guides out of Owen River Lodge.Contact David Pike
Adam has been a keen angler, flytier and hunter for many years. Adam loves sight fishing, and getting his guests on to large wild brown trout. Adam guides out of Owen River LodgeContact Adam Peat
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 084Contact Anton Donaldson
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.You can contact Steve via his web site (click the link below) or call him on +64 3 52 66 751Contact Steve Perry
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.Contact Bill Woollcombe
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.Contact Stephen Greaney
Stefano Bonazza, Italian born, 25 years' experience in trophy hunting in back country rivers of Nelson, West Coast, North Canterbury, well known by the name “The Pizza Guy”, famous for catching Big Fish and baking giant Pizzas.
Guide for Atlantic salmon fishery in Kola peninsula Russia late 90s, started fishing the South Island back country rivers in the mid 90s, learned all the secrets from my Mentor and Master Boris. Stefano spends more than 120 days per season fishing and exploring over the last 10 years, and now all his experience and passion is to make happy fishermen and having good time out there. Stefano will cook nice food when camping out, organise Helicopter and transfers and 4x4 fishing trips to make your fishing experience unforgettable. For more information, visit his FB page, Stefano Fly Fishing Guide, or Call+64273269294 or email.Contact Stefano Bonazza
Tony has been providing visiting anglers to the Nelson, Marlborough and upper West Coast regions with a consistently high standard of guiding since 1980. He is the region’s most experienced fly-fishing guide and a Life Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association. Based in Richmond, close to Nelson City, Tony operates as an independent guide focussing on the excellent fly-fishing opportunities for the wild brown trout that the northern regions of the South Island are famous for.
Whether you are wanting to catch your first ever trout, stalk rising brownies on a dry fly or track down a trophy, Tony’s services include local-river day-trips, backcountry hike-ins, wilderness fly-outs and overnight campouts. Tony accepts bookings from 2-10 days duration, confirmed with a deposit. Single guide days are only available on a casual basis, depending upon other existing bookings.
If you're looking for a truly memorable angling experience that maximises your chances of success and helps lift your angling skills to a new level give Tony a call: Telephone + 64 27 473 2483
Check out Tony's Schedule of Available Dates on his website.Contact Tony Entwistle
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.Contact Paul van de Loo
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!Contact Scott Murray
You can contact Craig via telephone: +64 3 523 9199Contact Craig Simpson
Jim is from the Motueka region and has fished it’s most excellent river systems since his early years. “Its my back yard!” Now, having travelled extensively overseas, Jim has returned to raise a family and delights in showing visitors how wonderful our rivers are. “I specialise in stalking and spotting trout so the fish can be appreciated in their natural environment. I like to make a day on the river fun, educational and most importantly filled with wonderful memories.” Jim can cater for single or multiday trips- local or backcountry – fly or drive - easy or technical fishing. “Rocky River Fishing” is all about your day out so click on the Contact Me button to email me and we can work on a plan. Or give me a call +64 21 135 7408Contact Jim Perry
Doug has hunted and fished in and around the Murchison area for the past 16 years and has developed a vast knowledge of the Nelson/Marlborough, areas. He has Guided exclusively out of River Haven Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge in Murchison under mentor Scott "The Trout" Murray honing his skills in spotting, stalking and presenting the right opportunities for clients to fish for trophy Brown Trout. Doug strives to give his clients a highly memorable and safe fishing experience in and around the beautiful Upper South Island. His always uplifting attitude, great sense of humor, and immeasurable kindness, make him one of the most interesting and fun guides to spend time with! Doug is a brilliant teacher as well, both fishing and hunting. His patience and skill in teaching is difficult to describe, he has a way of putting you at ease from the get go! If given an opportunity to fish or hunt with this Kiwi, you’d be very sorry to miss out on a day of a lifetime! Spending time with the real deal, a “real Kiwi”, born and bred, you’ll learn things only read in books! ....spend time you’ll never regret!
Contact can be made through River Haven Lodge, Telephone: +64 3 523 9722,Contact Doug Corbett
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 9115Contact Mike Kirkpatrick
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 specialises in sight fishing for trophy Brown Trout. Telephone: + 64 273 059 613.Contact Lindsay White