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Your next fly fishing adventure awaits

Fun, flexible and relaxed fly fishing trips along the Waitaki River

Whether you’re just getting into fly fishing or you’re a seasoned angler, you’ll have a cracking good day out with Fly Fishing Waitaki

The aim of the day is fun and inspiration not necessarily the number or size of fish caught. Enjoy easy-walking along braided rivers to undisturbed fishing spots with clean gravels and good drop-offs for site casting. Delight in good numbers of wild rainbow and brown trout. Soak up the quiet atmosphere, expansive skies and comforting mountain scenery. You haven’t truly experienced North Otago until you’ve fished the Waitaki River and its pristine hydro lakes – an area that spans more than 100 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. 

Get in touch today to book the best dates. 

What’s included in your fly fishing day?

Day tours from Oamaru include:

Pick up and drop off

Rods, reels, lines, tippets and flies

Riverside picnic lunch (please advise any dietary preferences when booking)


Full Day Trip Price: from $600 for one person. Two people per trip max. 

The Catchment 

Maerewhenua River


Locally famous for its swimming holes, the Maerewhenua is the second largest tributary of the lower Waitaki River. It rises in Danseys Pass in the Kakanui Mountains and flows northward to join the Waitaki at Duntroon. The best fishing is early in the season in the upper reaches where the water is more stable and you can trek to deep pools in tussocky gorges. 

Ahuriri River


The Ahuriri is a laced river that flows from Mt Huxley and between Lakes Ohau and Hawea into Lake Benmore near Omarama. Veteran anglers love to fish for trophy trout in the upper reaches, but the middle and lower reaches offer good-sized brown and rainbow trout and the willow trees, tussocks and purple lupin flats make for a beautiful sight.

Hakataramea River


Known as the “Haka”, the Hakataramea is the major tributary of the Waitaki River. A hill-fed river, it offers small stream style fishing. It rises in the MacKenzie Country and flows southward to join the Waitaki at Hakataramea. You’ll find plenty of brown trout here as well as stonking rainbow trout at certain times during the season.