Fishing in the Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • The Marlborough Sounds

    20% of NZ's coastline

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Guide

Fishing

Cast for kawahai and salmon at the mouth of the Wairau River, or find trout in the tributaries of this beautiful braided river. Pull on your wetsuit to dive for crayfish and paua on Marlboroughs East Coast, in the currents of the Tory Channel and Port Underwood, or out of Okiwi and Elaine Bays to the west.

Go diving in secluded corners of the Queen Charlotte Sound or cast a line for blue cod and snapper in the Kenepuru and Pelorus. Some of Marlborough’s best sea fishing and diving is off d’Urville Island and French Pass, where fishing charters will ensure you find the right spots.

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Freshwater Fishing

There’s excellent fly fishing to be had in Marlborough, from catching kahawhai at The Diversion, to seeking trout and wild salmon in remote locations up and off the Wairau River.

The best way to find wily fish is to head out with one of Marlborough’s passionate fishing guides. If you’re keen to set off on your own, check out the New Zealand Fish and Game regulations.

The Wairau River is a wide braided river providing more than 140kms of untamed fishing heaven! Head to the upper reaches for some brilliant sight-fishing, or head down towards the lower reaches in anticipation of some sea-run brown trout or salmon. 

The Pelorus River is drop dead gorgeous, offering a large number of both brown and rainbow trout. The Pelorus can be a great spot for sight-fishing.

The Rai River is a small, easily accessible river perfect for dry fly and nymph fishing. This river holds large numbers of brown and rainbow trout.

For many more rivers and lakes to fish in Marlborough, and to check the regulations for each river and tributary, visit nzfishing.com here.

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