Salmon fishing information and pricing
The Canterbury region is the premiere location for king salmon, with four of the best producing rivers within a 90 minute drive of Christchurch.
The king salmon established in New Zealand migrate into Canterbury rivers between the months of November through to April, with the peak run being from December through to March.
Fish size fluctuates from season to season ranging from 5 to 15 kilos (12-35lbs), with the average being around 6kg (15lb).
The preferred method of catching salmon is spinning with heavy tackle when they are most active, either in the early morning or late evening.
The salmon rivers in Canterbury are subject to changeable weather conditions and there are times when they are un-fishable. These conditions may require a change in fishing location and/or methods.
A comfortable 4WD is used to access the best fishing water. A jet boat or helicopter is available at additional cost.
Day trip rates (all pricing is NZD and is inclusive of GST)
A morning or evening session fishing for king salmon on the Rakaia or Waimakariri Rivers.
Access by 4WD.
Jet boat or helicopter available at additional costs.
Light snack and transport included.
Price: Morning or evening trips NZD $700
Full day NZD $1100