Salmon fishing

The Canterbury region is the oasis of salmon fishing in New Zealand. The long and unique braided rivers such as the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers provide anglers with endless kilometres of prime salmon water to explore.  The wild Chinook (King) Salmon averaging 15lb, begin entering the braided rivers in November, beginning their migrational run upriver. For many local anglers this signals the start of an obsession referred to as ‘salmon fever’.



Canterbury region of the South Island


  • Rakaia River
  • Rangitata River
  • Waimakariri River
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