New Zealand Trips

South Island: 7 Day Fly Fishing Adventures 2018



Six days fishing – Seven Nights Accommodation – 1:2 Guide:Angler ratio – 4 anglers per group – all meals (dinners are a mix of home-cooked and restaurant) – all flies – all transport –

PRICE $4,590 AUD per person

DATES FOR JAN AND FEB 2019                          SPOTS LEFT

Week 1:   Sunday 13 JAN – Sunday 20 JAN            YES
Week 2:   Sunday 20 JAN – Sunday 27 JAN            YES
Week 3:   Sunday 27 JAN – Sunday 3 FEB              NO
Week 4:   Sunday 3 FEB – Sunday 10 FEB              NO
Week 5:   Sunday 10 FEB – Sunday 17 FEB            NO
Week 6:   Sunday 17 FEB – Sunday 24 FEB            YES


Peter with a typical South Island brown trout taken in early March 2017

We have been running our NZ trips for nearly twenty years now and it is probably our most popular offering. Staying seven nights deep in the heart of Southland ,and being fully guided by our team of full time professional guides, this trip represents extraordinary value and offers you the chance to fish some of the world’s best trout streams.

The trips begin and end on a Sunday at Queenstown airport. An inexpensive three hour flight from either Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane puts you on the ground in Queenstown where you will be met by one of our staff members. From there it is a 90 minute drive along the stunningly beautiful Lake Wakatipu and down the Mataura River valley to our base of operations; a working deer farm outside of Mossburn in the centre of New Zealand’s best trout fishing region.

Upon arrival you will choose a bed, drop off your gear and get ready to head out for a brief orientation session on the lawn. It is here that we check everyone’s gear and initiate first timers as to what to expect. Once this hour long session is complete, you can make the short stroll across the paddocks to fish the river for the evening rise. This is then followed by six full days of wonderful dry fly fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout.

Participants regularly catch fish up to 9lb in weight, with the average a solid 3+ lbs. Most of the rivers contain good numbers of large brown trout with daytime sight fishing the norm. By far the majority of fish are caught with dry flies. Glancing through our guide’s journals from recent years reveals that over 95% of all fish were taken on dry flies.

The Accommodation

The accommodation is comfortable and cozy but not upmarket; perfect for a group of keen fly fishers who only return home each evening to socialise, sleep, and recharge the batteries. The house is located on a working deer farm with the famous Aparima River running through it. From this base we have access to nearly twenty waters in the immediate area, and many more within a 60 minute drive. You can even walk out the back door and fish to 3-5lb browns before breakfast or of an evening, if you so choose!

The Food

Breakfasts are self-served and we provide a range of cereal, muesli, toast, eggs, and spreads, as well as tea, coffee and juices. Lunches consist of the heartiest of sandwiches, with the guarantee that no-one will go hungry! Dinners are a mixture of home cooked meals and visits to local restaurants and hotels. Desserts are of ice cream and fresh fruit when available.

For 2019 we have struck up an agreement with our hosts that they will provide our groups with a minimum of three home cooked dinners per week, with the remaining nights seeing us eat out at local hotels and restaurants.

This allows us, the guides, to focus on what we do best; making sure you have the best fishing experience possible.

Annella with a great fish taken in in February 2017.

The Rivers

Each week we fish a number of rivers, from the large, braided, flood-prone rivers of the valley floors; to the smaller tributaries that snake their way through the rich, pastoral areas of the region. There will be an opportunity to fish and experience a wide variety of waters; with the choice of which one to fish each day coming down to both the weather, and the preferences of our clients.

Perhaps our most asked questions is ‘Will I be able to cope with the demands placed on me?’ Our trips are for fly fishers of all ages and all skill levels. We pride ourselves on reading the needs of all trip participants and amending the pace to suit. If the pace is too great we can tone it down as required. Conversely, if you have a need to maximise that one single week of fly fishing for the year, or you’re just an angling ‘glutton’; we can ensure the maximum amount of time streamside.

Don’t be put off because you’ve read all the magazine articles and feel that you would not cope. We regularly take people of all ages and skill levels, from young teens to the two octogenarians who book each and every year! This year we even have two people who only recently completed our two day beginner workshop!

Your Skills

If you are concerned that you may not be ready for a trip like this, all we can say is please phone us for a chat. We can assist you to dramatically improve your skill level before you go, no matter whether you are new to it, or just need a little polish. We can also ensure that you are matched with someone at a similar level who has similar expectations. Further to this, our guides welcome fly fishers of all levels and will work hard to bring out your best.

Package Overview

Seven days starting and ending at Queenstown Airport on a Sunday. The trip price includes transport, accommodation, meals, flies and guiding. Alcohol, fishing licence and flights are the only things not included in the package price.

Bring a Friend

All trips are based on a guide ratio of 1:2.That is, there is a guide for every two fly fishers. For 2019, all of our weeks are set out as four anglers with two guides. This 1:2 ratio ensures that you get lots of quality time with an expert at your shoulder. While we can pair you up with someone of a similar age, fitness and skill level, nothing is better than sharing the experience with a good friend or family member.

For the record, most spots on our trips are taken by returning clients, some of whom have returned annually for well over a decade. Most book either in pairs or in small groups, with father/son/daughter pairings common. Please let us know if you are interested in more than one spot when you inquire.


We are licensed to guide in New Zealand by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation in Southland. We are also members of the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association of Australia (PFIGA). We legally work in New Zealand as Australians under the Closer Economic Agreement and are fully licensed and insured.

You’ve almost convinced me. Tell me more.

GVFFC has been operating since 1994 as a full time guide service and has been running New Zealand trips for nearly that entire time. Our guides are full-time professionals who live, eat and breathe fly fishing. We take trips to destinations all over the world and our staff are also casting instructors, drift boat guides and generally experienced in all aspects of fly fishing.

That aside, the key difference between us and most of the other guides out there, is that we treat our guided trips like we would our own personal trip. We do long hours when required, and don’t have to be back in time for 5.30pm cocktails (as many other lodges require). We don’t watch the clock or the petrol bowser when determining where to go on any given day. We go wherever the best fishing will be, with the only consideration being the wishes/needs of our clients.

Dinners are organised around the fishing, and not the other way around. Sometimes one group may choose to arrive home early, while the other stays out late. Generally we are in contact with the rest of the group and we all eat together of an evening. But it’s not a rule that we have to be anywhere at a particular time.

Our guides stay on the same property as the guests and often come back each night to socialise with the group. While most other guides are dropping clients back at their hotel or lodge at 6pm and then taking off home, we are still either out fishing, or back at the homestead enjoying a post-dinner drink and talking fishing.

After fishing in many of the world’s premier fly fishing locations with some of the best guides and lodges, we feel that we have a package that is unique to us.

Come and see why so many of our clients keep coming back year after year. Join us next summer for a week of great fishing, good food, and lots of laughs.

A few quotes from clients

Hi Guys,

My first NZ trip with the GVFFC team this year. Everything I hoped it would be and more. I can’t imagine a better package for an Aussie fly fisher wanting to experience Southland. The accommodation, company and quality of guiding was spot on. Many thanks to your team and I can’t wait to do it all again.


Hi Antony and co,

As a first time participant in a guided NZ tour I cannot speak highly enough of these GVFFC trips. The organisation and attention to detail is outstanding, and the trips represent fantastic value for money given the long hours we spent on the river with guides who are extremely knowledgeable, skilled, patient and supportive.

As a first timer I was made to feel very welcome, both from the guides and the other fishers in my group. We fished a different river each day which broadened our experiences of varying water and fishing conditions – I have learnt more in the past week with these guys than in the last 10 years.


Hi Antony,

I had a great time again. A lot of fun. I especially like the variety. I only recognised one place that I had fished during the previous two years. There seems no reason I would want to go to another part of the world since the experience in NZ is new every time. That said, there are many places I have been with you in NZ that I would be happy to see again. I look forward to a mix of old favourites and new challenges next year.

I really can’t think of anything I would ask to be changed. The accommodation, the food, the guides are all great. Everyone goes far beyond what is required. No-one seems to watch the clock or want to finish fishing after a fixed number of hours. All instruction is tailored perfectly to our fishing level and physical ability. All we need to do is ask and a patient, complete answer is available on any fishing topic. I also enjoy the company of the other fishermen. All blokes I would never have met otherwise. We are now firm friends.

We all appreciated the lengths that you went to so that we had a full week of fishing despite our error of booking before we realised that there was a Sunday to Sunday turn around. I promise to pay close attention from now on.

Please keep doing what you are doing.


Hi Antony,

Once again GVFFC provide a great weeks fishing in NZ. The effort that your team put in, far exceeded expectations. After six trips it only gets better.


Booking Timeline/Procedure

Expressions of Interest can be lodged at any time. Bookings will be taken as per the schedule outlined below. Submitting an expression of interest allows us to properly plan and gives first timers a real chance at getting a spot or two. If any of the dates interest you, please ‘Express an Interest’ right now!

FIRST ROUND OFFER: Those that went with us to NZ this year will be given first choice of the available dates for next summer’s trips on Monday 12th March 2018.

SECOND ROUND OFFER: On Monday March 19, 2018 – any remaining spots will be advertised via the website, emails, online forums and print advertising.

All bookings require a valid credit card as security. A $1000 AUD deposit made by credit card, cheque, EFT or cash will be due on July 1st. The balance is due no later than December 1st, 2018.

Our Cancellation Policy can be viewed here.

Trips Dates for Summer 2019

Please phone about the spots available even if they are listed as booked out, as we sometimes have cancellations/other options available. Trips will once again run Sunday to Sunday in 2019 due to the flight schedule determined by the various airlines. Direct flights mean cheaper tickets and less travelling time.

DATES FOR JAN AND FEB 2019                          SPOTS LEFT

Week 1:   Sunday 13 JAN – Sunday 20 JAN            YES
Week 2:   Sunday 20 JAN – Sunday 27 JAN            YES
Week 3:   Sunday 27 JAN – Sunday 3 FEB              YES
Week 4:   Sunday 3 FEB – Sunday 10 FEB              NO
Week 5:   Sunday 10 FEB – Sunday 17 FEB            NO
Week 6:   Sunday 17 FEB – Sunday 24 FEB            YES

Please phone us on FreeCall 1800 458 111 for more information.

Please note our Cancellation Policy before making a booking. ;-)


We have uploaded a selection of photos from last year for you to take a look at. These pics will give you a great idea of the sort of fishing done and the sort of places that we visit.