Fishing Timaru's rivers and streams

Popular fishing spots

Popular fishing spots include the nearby Opihi and Rangitata rivers.

Though you might want to grab an experienced guide before heading to more remote spots within Mount Cook National Park, or the MacKenzie basin catchment.

Local knowledge and experience goes a long way in this part of the world.

Timaru-based Glendeer Fly Fishing Guides offer guided fly fishing tours throughout the region.

Stravon Safaris, also based in Timaru, do the same.

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon is a salmon farm which sits on an untouched landscape with rivers of fresh flowing water for the King Salmon. Make sure you visit this store located on the shores of Lake Pukaki, and take in the stunning views of Mt Cook.

Timaru's whitebaiting season

Timaru’s whitebaiting season runs from August to November.

Popular whitebaiting rivers include the Orari, Opihi, Waitaki and Rakaia rivers.