Located in the top of the South Island, Nelson’s varied geography captures everything from long golden beaches, rivers and lakes to untouched forests and rugged mountains and offers some of the best fly fishing in New Zealand.


Nelson has a reputation for some of the best river fishing in the world. The region offers huge variety, ranging from small, intimate rivers to iconic freestone rivers and stunning lakes in the nelson lakes district. Enjoy fly fishing for trout on numerous streams and rivers, with over 30 waters accessible by road.

Top Fish Species

  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon

Best time to Fish

Fly fishing season typically opens from the beginning of October and runs until the end of April; Fishing in the lakes is open all year round apart from some restricted areas.

Other Activities

  • Sailing and kayaking
  • Walking and hiking

Getting there

Nelson is located at the top of the South Island. It is easily accessible by road, plane or taking the Interislander ferry to Picton and then a 2 hour scenic drive through to Nelson.


Nelson has a variety of accommodation options from luxury to budget.