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Drift Boat Fly Fishing New Zealand

We operate a jet powered drift boat on south island rivers and lakes.

At 5m long and nearly 2m wide our boat is built for purpose and the ideal way to access water that you’ve only dreamed of…

Drift Boat

Drift boat fly-fishing is ideal for those looking for an alternative to big days walking and river wading.

During the course of a drift boat expedition fishing can be done from the boat while drifting or with an anchor down to position the boat in the perfect location (excellent for spey and wet line fishing or spin fishing) or to give you access to disembark the drift boat and stalk and fish an inaccessible bank.

The boat is designed to drift down the river with the current and the rower or guide controlling the speed but he best thing is that it is a drift boat powered with an outboard motor and jet foot which enables us to navigate very shallow water. This lets us start and finish from the same point with no hassle of relocating vehicles. It gives us the ability to power up and run the boat back upstream to then fish a different side of the river or even re- fish a particular section accessing water that is difficult or even impossible otherwise.

Drifting in the boat
Drift Boat fishing on the oars

1 Day Expeditions – Clutha River (or nearby still waters if that is your preference or river conditions are not suitable)

Cost: NZD 1095.00

Price includes: 1 days guided drift boat fishing, safety and risk management, DoC concessions, 4WD transport and GST.

NB.  The guide is shared between two anglers.

Note: Price does not include: petrol, food, fishing licenses, or gratuities. Clients are required to pay for fuel and food.

Please note: If you are not bringing your own fishing equipment there is a daily charge of NZD 50.00 per angler for waders, boots, rods and reels.

Season: The season runs from 1st Oct to 30th each year.

Fishing licenses are not included as part of our Queenstown fly fishing expeditions. This is because many customers are fishing in other places through out NZ have already purchased a full season license. Therefore, we do not wish to penalize you by including it in our pricing structure.

Anchored up
Working from the shore

2 Day Expeditions – Waiau or Waitaki River (weather dependent)

Cost: NZD 2190.00

Price includes: 2 days guided drift boat fishing, safety and risk management, DoC concessions, 4WD transport and GST.

NB.  The guide is shared between two anglers.

Note: Price does not include: petrol, food, accommodation, fishing licenses, or gratuities. Clients are required to pay for fuel, food and accommodations.

Please note: If you are not bringing your own fishing equipment there is a daily charge of NZD 50.00 per angler for waders, boots, rods and reels.

Season: The 2022 season runs from 1st Oct 2021 to 31st May 2023

Fishing licenses are not included as part of our Queenstown fly fishing expeditions. This is because many customers are fishing in other places through out NZ have already purchased a full season license. Therefore, we do not wish to penalize you by including it in our pricing structure.

  • You will need to organize your accommodation (and for your guide), we can certainly head you in the right direction. It’s best to leave this as flexi as possible so we can work the weather to our advantage by choosing to go to either the Waiau or the Waitaki. It is quite common if the weather is not playing game in the Te Anau region the weather in the Waitaki will be great and it works vice versa! Please feel free to reach out to us for accommodation options in these areas.
Drift Boat 2 day
Fun times from the drift boat

Multi Day Expeditions

Floating down some of the iconic and legendary South Island rivers, working the otherwise inaccessible edge water of many lakes and estuaries all with a knowledgeable guide will offer you access not only to great scenery, but great fishing as well, places that most anglers will never get to see. The drift boat is a great way to experience our magnificent rivers & lakes.

Multi Day drift boat adventures
Multi day drift boat expeditions

We offer extended and multi day trips such as our Southland Explorer but using the boat. These trips are based on the Southland Explorer and Roadie Expeditions plus we take the boat along. The charge per day is NZD 1095.00 per day. Please get in contact with us for more information for multi day drift boat expeditions.

Awesome drift boat water
Awesome drift boat water

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Our guides are members of New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association and qualified skippers under Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).

The boat is Maritime New Zealand certified.

NB. We promote catch and release on all our expeditions.