Southern Lakes District
Beginning with world famous Queenstown, this district is surrounded by majestic mountains and stunning scenery. Positioned by the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown offers a vast range of cruising and fishing experiences. As the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort, its also a well known destination for exhilarating hiking and biking trails in summer and access to four ski areas close by in winter. Plus, you can enjoy award-winning vineyards, art trails, world class golf courses, pampering at the many day spas or indulgence in some retail therapy throughout the year.
It’s also the stepping stone to the various Fiords magical cruising opportunities. Not too far away are the Lakes Wanaka, Tekapo and Glenorchy. Bear in mind Not all lakes are catered for by the commercial charter operators, but with a stay in this region and finding out about some of the private and smaller charters – you might just have to visit very soon and talk to the locals.
Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown
The third largest lake in new Zealand and fills a deep valley carved into the mountains. Surrounded mostly by tall mountains and a scattering of settlements around the shore. Offering year round fishing, the well stocked lake offers Brown, Rainbow and salmon.
In winter, Wanaka is well known for the fantastic snow skiing in the alpine areas surrounding the lake. But year round fishing for trout and salmon is also popular in the cold deep waters.
Lake Tekapo has prolific rainbow and brown trout with the opportunity of salmon. Local salmon hatcheries have released many smolt and this has led to some exceptional sizes being caught in the canals. The large hydro canals have a number of salmon farms and this is now a very popular area to fish, for some very big fish.