and Tourism Information
New Zealand travel and tourism information for Twizel and Aoraki
Mount Cook. Twizel NZ is an alpine village situated in the Mackenzie
District in the South Island of New Zealand. Twizel is the closest
town to Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier and setting for many
scenes from Lord of the Rings and many other movies. Twizel
is a fly fishing paradise with its many lakes and rivers brimming
with world record trout and salmon.
TROUT FISHING IN TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
FISHING IN TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
the home of world class fly fishing in New Zealand's South Island
- Mackenzie Basin. It has been said that there are enough streams
and rivers here to fish new water for 6 years or more. All Waters
hold both wild Rainbow and wild Brown Trout. The Mackenzie basin
offers a variety of fly Fishing water, from fast flowing mountain
streams to gentle chalk stream type water. Just 10 minutes from
Twizel you will find the Tekapo river, boasting the largest
population of fish per kilometer in the south island.
if like myself, the legs aren't quite like they used to be,
fishing the canals with your surfcaster or boat rod can be trully
satisfying with Rainbow Trout and Salmon up to 27 lb regularly
During the fishing season Twizel usually enjoys dry days with
temperatures in the mid 20C- 30C, however, it can experience
some cold, wet and windy days as well as heat-waves.
River and stream fishing, walking upstream, spotting and stalking
rainbows and browns, is a style of flyfishing often referred
to as "hunting" trout. Spotting trout in fast waters
or poor light conditions requires many years experience and
is a skill top New Zealand guides excel at. Whenever possible
the dry fly is used, however as 80% of trout feeding is on nymphs
near or on the river bed, logically weighted nymphs will have
a higher success rate.
The key to flyfishing success in New Zealand is accuracy and
presentation. Our true wild strain trout generally do not tolerate
sloppy casting. Both presentation and drift are essential and
it certainly makes for challenging and exciting fishing. Nearly
always we cast to visible trout and having guided and fished
extensively overseas I can say that there is nothing to compare
with this style of New Zealand flyfishing.
The Twizel area offers the anglers a variety of fishing opportunities
from spring creeks and gentle streams to larger rivers, all
well stocked with prime rainbow and brown trout. All this with
the world famous Southern Alps and Mt Cook as a backdrop. The
huge watershed of the Southern Alps provides sparkling,crystal
clear, cool waters, the perfect habitat for trout. The region
also has one of New Zealands most reliable climates.
INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS TROUT RIVERS
The Tekapo River is a braided river system that drains from Lake
Tekapo and flows 25 kilometers before entering Lake Benmore. The
best fishing is to found below the confluence of the Maryburn
and Gray Rivers, which are themselves both very high quality fisheries.
The Tekapo River holds one of New Zealand's highest numbers of
good sized Brown and Rainbow Trout. This river is willow lined
offering trout both shade and security. By New Zealand standards
this river has prolific numbers of both Mayfly and Caddis so the
visiting angler can expect some hatches through the day, especially
early and late in the season when water temperatures are lower.The
The Ahuriri River is very aesthetically pleasing, especially in
the upper headwaters. It is a meduim sized river rising in the
Southern Alps and flowing through tussock open country before
emptying (as does the Tekapo River) into Lake Benmore. The lower
section to 10 kilometers above the lake is not unlike the Tekapo
River with very high trout numbers of average size. Similar files
to those used on the Tekapo River are successful here. The upper
reaches are known for their trophy Brown Trout.Trout numbers are
not high however trout there are not only large but particularly
beautiful and usually in magnificent condition. These are very
wary fish as their size would suggest, but the skilled and patient
angler will be rewarded. Very exciting fishing can be had when
the cicadas are on the water in mid February to early March. Believe
me, nothing gets the adrenalin going more than the sight of a
large Brown rising from the depths of a crystal clear pool some
8 to 10 feet deep, to suck in a large 8-10 Terrestial pattern.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH
to March is my favourite time to be on the river. Fly hatches
are not as prolific here and the fish are more opportunist feeders,
so presentaion rather than fly pattern is the essential element.
What is the best time of the season? The beginning
of the season can be very good. Early November December the
fish are hungry and general in pretty good condition. The weather
however can be a bit wild, being close to the mountains Sunny
mornings followed by snow, not uncommon. January February the
caddis start hatching out in the high country, which can be
loads of fun. Good dry fly time. March April generally will
find you along on the rivers, Aprils is begging to get a bit
colder, but lovely mornings and warm afternoons, the weather
is more stable.
2) What to bring. The weather in the early
part of the season can often be unpredictable with sunny skies
in he morning followed by snow in the afternoon. Foul weather
gear a must. A second rod in the case of one breaking 4,5, and
6 are fine selection, though at times a heavy rod in the wind
can be best. Recommend having darker lines, the bright colors
very visible to fish.
3) The invasive alga didymo. Please log on
a read the information regarding the spreading of the alga.
Welcome to Bodhitrout
- Twizel, the home of world class fly fishing in
New Zealand's South Island - Mackenzie Basin. It
has been said that there are enough streams and
rivers here to fish new water for 6 years or more.
All Waters hold both wild Rainbow and wild Brown
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I believe that spotting
is the paramount requisite of guiding but also being
an astute tactician is a must in this day and age.
I am confident of my ability to get you on to fish
and have a no hook-up, no fee policy when guiding
1 person for a full day regardless of fishing ability.
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New Zealand is approximately 500 meters above sea level. Twizel
is surrounded by mountain ranges it has a very distinct climate.
Twizel is accessible from Christchurch through Burke's Pass,
from Queenstown through the Lindis Pass and from the East
Coast through the Waitaki Valley. Take a scenic flight from
Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook with views over the Southern Alps.
Mountain climbing is a major attraction here, with the challenge
of Mt Cook. Many ski options are available, including heli-skiing
and ski touring.