Get off the Beaten Track and Experience the best of NZ’s Wild and Largely Unspoilt Wilderness Fly Fishing

Let a highly-experienced NZ fly fishing guide take you to pristine rivers and streams within the High Country of Canterbury and the West Coast of the South Island – all with complimentary pick up and return to Christchurch.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Escapes delivers authentic Christchurch trout fishing charters. There are many opportunities to spot, stalk and cast to large wild trout in crystal-clear spring creeks, small remote freestone rivers or on alpine lakes. New Zealand Fly Fishing Escapes will take you off the beaten track to access more remote waters and experience some of NZ’s wild and unspoilt wilderness fishing. Every fishing trip provides ample opportunities to experience NZ fly fishing at its best. All fishing trips are tailored to the needs and experience of each individual client and are guaranteed to be a great day out in some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery.

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Christchurch fishing escape with Ben



The region of Canterbury is New Zealand’s main destination for salmon fishing trips, and the top 4 plentiful rivers are less than 90 minutes from Christchurch International Airport. Salmon fishing guide Ben Haywood specialises in catching wild Chinook (king) Salmon on light spin tackle averaging between 5kg (12lb) and 11kg (25lb) from the unique braided rivers of Canterbury, New Zealand. The Chinook Salmon that migrate from the Pacific Ocean into Canterbury’s braided rivers are caught from December to the end of March. After capturing a salmon on your guided fishing trip you can choose to release the fish. Alternatively, arrangements can be made to have it smoked and vacuum-packed by a commercial operator.


World Class


The magnificent Canterbury High Country and West Coast regions of the South Island are a trout fishing paradise for anglers with its abundance of premium trout fishing water. Based in the city of Christchurch, your trout guide Ben Haywood is centrally located to access Canterbury’s best fly fishing locations. As a highly experienced fly fishing guide, Ben will introduce you to unforgettable trout fishing, breath-taking scenery and off-the-beaten-track adventures. Testament to the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the Canterbury High Country, several scenes for the movie ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe were filmed there. These locations can be visited first-hand on a guided fishing trip through this ‘Narnia-like’ landscape.



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“My full day of fly fishing for rainbow trout with Ben Haywood was a dream fulfilled. Ben has superlative guiding skills as well as being incredibly patient and helpful. This allowed me to catch some large trout along one of his favourite streams.”

Mike Smith – Canada

“I have never worked with a guide more dedicated than Ben. He was willing to start early and fish until late evening in order to give the best fishing experience ever! He really knows the rivers and how to put you on the fish.”

Dave Brown - Colorado

“Our day fly fishing for trout with Ben Haywood was absolutely wonderful. As novice fly fishers we were a little concerned we wouldn’t be up to the task but with Ben’s advice and assistance we soon felt comfortable and relaxed, and we were onto the fish in no time.”

Trish Porter - Australia

“Our experience with Ben was second to none. Our group contained three fishermen of varying experience, yet Ben was still able to find locations and fish to suit each members needs. As overseas visitors, Ben was able to broaden our knowledge of the whole region and show us some spectacular locations.”

Dean Falvey - Australia
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