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Fish South Island New Zealand
February 10 - February 20
Since my trip to Riversdale, near Gore in Southland New Zealand, in February earlier this year, I have agreed a fantastic package with host John de Vreeze, who lives in Albury, and has been travelling to Southland the past 26 years, every year. So he knows the place pretty well.
John was an outstanding host and went out of his way to make me feel comfortable, and was a most willing sharer of his good fishing spots and knowledge of fishing of the area. In the main this covered the Mataura River, Waikaia River, the confluence of these two outstanding rivers; which is a ten minute drive from where John stays in his own cottage at Riversdale. He stays in the heart of this wonderful fishery. There are many other rivers and lakes that are within stones throw from Riversdale. My favourites were the back waters and spring creeks. Gore is some 35 Km’s away and Queenstown is around 130Km’s to Riversdale.
So here is the deal!!!!
We will be planning groups of 5 fly fishers per planned 10 day trip. This could be fine tuned if the group of 5 wanted to stay a bit longer or shorter.
John’s fee will be $120 per day; which will cover accommodation, all meals (prepared by John) and John will guide you to the sites and fish with one or two people each day; so you all get the benefit of Johns fishing knowledge and techniques for the area.
You just have to arrange your flight there and back to Queenstown, plus hire a vehicle to get you to Riversdale and back to Queenstown. Ideally the 5 members on the trip hire one vehicle to reduce costs. John has a vehicle that can take one passenger.
So your 10 day trip will cost you approximately $2,050 all up.
ie. 10 days @ $120 per day = $1,200 + flight around $700 return plus vehicle hire around $150 each + petrol!!!! Flight and hire vehicle to be arranged by yourself. Ideally team up with your other 4 in the group.
What an absolute bargain to fish this outstanding region.