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St. Arnaud Base / Nelson Lakes National Park Fishing

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Our St. Arnaud base is what made Zane a great guide in the eyes of many anglers. The many fabulous rivers to every point of the compass always give so many fishing options, whatever the weather, season, or water flow. Best of all, St. Arnaud is only about a one hour drive from Nelson Airport.

Situated on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, source of the mighty Buller River, the village of St. Arnaud is located between the higher rainfall area of the West Coast and the drier climate of the east Coast. Being located near the headwaters of the Motueka, Wairau, Buller, and their numerous tributaries ensures a wonderland of fishing opportunity.

Being the local St. Arnaud fishing experts since 1985, means we know the fishing resource better than anyone and we can fish very different water types each day from the one base.

You can also fish some of the purest sight fishing rivers in the world with Zane within Nelson Lakes National Park. The Travers, Sabine, and D’Urville rivers flow into Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa, and are world class sight-fishing destinations.
 We offer a flexible schedule and can go early and stay late. We are the most cost-effective and flexible guiding option to fish these rivers. Go early with us.

The Wairau river is similarly fabled water offering more than 100km of fine Marlborough fly fishing water. With large free-rising trout from alpine headwaters to the sea, near the famous wine town of Blenheim.

NZ$1195 per day for guiding, vehicle transport, streamside lunch & refreshments. 

“I often dream of those incredible three days and those huge browns” Gordon Dawson, Scotland, UK, 2010.