Fishing: Custom-Built Australia & New Zealand

This trip was designed for many of our fishing types from enthusiasts to experts to novices. We combined the experience of glacier stream fishing in New Zealand with remote fishing expeditions to the wilderness in Australia. You can fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout in New Zealand and Tasmania or stalk the barramundi in crocodile infested waters in Australia. You troll for deep-sea fish, hand-line cast for river and lake fish, or stalk and capture by fly-fishing. Suggested length on this vacation is 19 days, but we custom build all of the fishing vacations, so it could be more or fewer days based on your needs.

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Starting at $11099 per person
Suggested Length 19 days
Our Reference D173
Destinations

Day 1
Arrive in Broome in far Western Australia today for the start of your fishing adventure. You’ll head out to a resort on Cable Beach, home of glorious deep sea fishing. Your resort is right off the beach, comprising 14 miles of soft white sand and since it’s facing West, you’ll love watching sunsets each evening. The town of Broome was founded based on the region’s pearling history but today it attracts a variety of vacationers coming for many justifiable reasons.
4.5-star resort at Cable Beach

Days 2-3
Deep sea fishing! Your two full-day small group deep sea fishing excursions will be on the fastest reef fishing boats in Broome, meaning less time traveling out to the fish and more time catching them! You can expect to catch coral trout, blue bone, mackerel, red emperor, cobia, sailfish, blue line emperor, and many more tasty species. Gourmet lunch, snacks, soft drink and water are included.
4.5-resort at Cable Beach

Day 4
It’s a flight and a bumpy four-wheel drive transfer today out to the heart of the Outback outside Kununurra, near the Bungle Bungle Ranges in the Kimberley region. Here, you’ll do some remote river fishing in the country’s best fishing locations to track down the elusive Barramundi. This evening, there’s time to explore the Homestead surrounds or simply rest on the verandah with a cool drink enjoying views over the idyllic Bindoola Creek. All guests are provided their own Adventure Schedule detailing their activities for the ensuing four days. Dinner tonight is in the Dusty Bar & Grill, enjoying authentic Kimberley entertainment.
4.5-star homestead outside Kununurra

Day 5
Start with a half-day over-water adventure, exploring the mighty Pentecost River and west arm of the Cambridge Gulf. Guests are welcomed aboard a marine craft to begin their hunt for barramundi or simply to take in the raw beauty of the Kimberley’s prolific wildlife. Departure times may vary in accordance to the changing tides, ensuring the best chance of a successful fishing trip. After lunch and a relaxing siesta it is time to take an invigorating dip in the rock pools beneath the enchanting Bindoola Falls. Relax and enjoy while having a yarn with your Guide, returning in time to refresh and change for dinner. After dinner, guests are often treated to bush poetry recitals, live local entertainment along with nightly campfire entertainment of any number of local and authentic varieties.
4.5-star homestead outside Kununurra

Day 6
This morning is at leisure. Why not try a scenic two hour horse ride? Guests may also elect to simply relax by the pool and enjoy the grounds of the Station. Today’s afternoon activity is an exciting “rock-hopping” bush walk that leads guests into the Bindoola Gorge to reveal the thriving aquatic ecosystem beneath ancient sandstone cliffs. Upon returning to their room guests have time to relax and refresh ahead of their exquisite Champagne Sunset Tour at the private Lookout. Guides will regale guests with historical anecdotes and geological information as they take in the breathtaking view over the majestic Cockburn Range. Guests are often mesmerized as the final glimpse of the sun sinks into the horizon. Depending on the time of year, you may also have the option of trying your hand at cattle mustering today!
4.5-star homestead outside Kununurra

Day 7
Guests are welcome to meet the Indigenous trainees during and after breakfast. A 4WD safari vehicle transfers guests to the airstrip for their scenic flight of the East Kimberley including Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and Purnululu National Park and the world heritage listed Bungle Bungle Range prior to your arrival into Kununurra. Then fly to Sydney for a couple of nights exploring a world entirely apart from Western Australia. Cosmopolitan and well landscaped, Sydney is a feast for the eyes with plenty to offer even the most ardent outdoors enthusiast. The location of your hotel can’t be beat, as it’s within walking distance of everything you’d ever want to do in Sydney.
4-star hotel in downtown Sydney

Day 8
An early morning start will take you by private transfer to Sydney’s iconic Fish Markets. A guided private tour of the markets, including fishmongers for all the best restaurants bidding on the catch of the day, is a delight for fish-lovers. The relaxed food & wine tour continues to the rest of the best of the city’s foodie scene, including the stops along Queen Street, Woollahra, and gourmet luncheon at the award-winning Catalina’s in Rose Bay. Optional upgrade: Enjoy a scenic seaplane flight from Rose Bay over the city today, or a scenic helicopter flight tonight.
4-star hotel in downtown Sydney

Day 9
A private transfer takes you to the airport and a flight to Queenstown in the heart of New Zealand’s Fiordland. Pick up your automatic rental car and drive about 2.5 hours south to Te Anau, where your fishing lodge awaits. Fiordland is renowned for its fly fishing, and your timber lodge shows it, with trophies on the walls and even a metal fish chandelier in the shared living room! Relax around the fireplace in winter or go for a short hike in the summer… this is your home for two nights.
5-star lodge outside Te Anau

Day 10
Fly fishing! The crystal clear unpolluted waters near your remote lodge are managed as a wild fishery producing good stock of large Brown and Rainbow Trout. Your private guide specializes in upstream sight fishing. Experience true wilderness fishing amongst stunning scenery on remote rivers (optional heli flights from the lodge to even more remote areas). You can also try back country fishing on rolling New Zealand farmland. Tonight, enjoy a multi-course meal to delight the taste buds.
5-star lodge outside Te Anau

Day 11
Drive a few hours today over the scenic Haast Pass and past several swimmable waterfalls (our favorite is Fantail Falls) to the southern West Coast, home of another remote wilderness lodge with stunning hiking, marine life, birdlife, and delicious home cooked breakfasts and dinners. More of a safari lodge than a hotel, the focus here is on getting you out into nature during the day and providing cozy, comfortable accommodations at night. All rooms have a deck area where you can view the lovely waters passing by.
4-star lodge at Lake Moeraki

Day 12
You have two options today. We can provide a full-day private guide for rod & reel river and lake fishing for Brown Trout and/or Quinnat Salmon, or you can enjoy a private guide to see the rest of what the lodge’s surroundings have to offer if you need a day off! For example, you could head to the beach and see the wild Tasman seacoast past dunes, waterfalls, rocky islands and caves — spotting the world’s smallest dolphin species and New Zealand fur seals. Then you’ll canoe the lakes to look for black swan, fern bird and cormorants in an amazing floating forest. In the afternoon, if you choose not to do a full day of fishing, you can either explore a historic gold miners’ trail or head through the rainforest to a remote beach, home to the Fiordland Crested Penguin (in season). Perhaps try feeding the giant eels of the Moeraki Valley this evening before dinner… the determination of these carnivores is an inspiration!
4-star lodge at Lake Moeraki

Day 13
It’s a very scenic drive past windswept beaches and wave-ravished cliffs up to the central West Coast today to a purpose-built fishing lodge on 13,500 acres of lakefront land, fringed by some of the oldest podocarp rainforest in the world and a world-class angler’s heaven. Nearby are the dramatic Pancake Rocks, Greymouth (end-point of the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch), Hokitika (home of New Zealand jade jewelry) and Arthur’s Pass (in the great Southern Alps).
4.5-star lodge in Mitchells

Day 14
Fly fishing! Your private guide will take you to world-class wilderness fly fishing, known for over 100 years. Early guides to New Zealand fishing named this lodge as one of the two best destinations from which to chase the challenging brown trout. Choose from 11 lakes and 30 streams and rivers within an hour of the lodge. Enjoy secluded bays on glacial mirror lakes and remote forest-edged mountain streams. The closest lake is well stocked with notoriously harder fishing brown trout, where 3-pound fish are considered average and trophy-sized browns can be 8 lbs or more. Tonight, another delicious home-cooked meal and a fireplace to keep you warm.
4.5-star lodge in Mitchells

Day 15
A few hours inland along the dramatic Buller Gorge bring you to the Tasman region, where your fishing lodge is only fifty minutes from Nelson, close to Nelson Lakes National Park, Motueka and Murchison. Abel Tasman National Park is the sunniest region in the country and is known for its beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-renowned Abel Tasman Coast Track where you can hike on beaches for days. Your goal, however, is to stalk and site-cast in clear waters for brown trout. (Or we can arrange different options for you, of course!)
4.5-star lodge near Motueka River

Day 16
Fly fishing! Your private guide today will take you to crystal clear waters and some of dozens of rivers and streams where, believe it or not, the trout is even larger than at your previous lodge at an average of 4-5 lbs. You will experience relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers or more adventurous back country streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness. The location also allows rivers from a widely different catchment systems enabling your guide to pick the most appropriate destination according to the various flow rates at that particular time of year. The Motueka River has been known to have 100-500 trout per kilometer and some of the cleanest water in New Zealand! Relax again this evening to a gourmet dinner prepared by your hosts.
4.5-star lodge near Motueka River

Day 17
Drive to the Nelson airport and take two short hop flights to Taupo, where your hosts will meet you at the airport and transfer you about 35 minutes to your one-bedroom chalet at a mountain lodge on the North Island. Located on the Tongariro River on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, your luxury lodge accommodation and gourmet dining supports a unique fishing lodge atmosphere. Your lodge is at the doorstep of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the most spectacular one-day walk in the world.
4.5-star lodge on the Tongariro River

Day 18
Once again, it’s a day of fly fishing! This location on the North Island of New Zealand offers the most diverse range of rainbow and brown trout fly fishing opportunities in New Zealand. Try the Tongariro River, which is the most famous fly fishing river in New Zealand. Every year over 50,000 prime conditioned trout migrate up the river from Lake Taupo, providing truly amazing year-round fly fishing opportunities. Your private guide will take you to the best of forty rivers and four lakes in the region, given the weather and time of year. You can access rivers on foot, by car, by 4WD, by helicopter (try an overnight fishing camping trip!) or by raft. Relax to another delicious gourmet dinner tonight.
4.5-star lodge on the Tongariro River

Day 19
Having provided the best opportunities for catching over 10-pound trout, barramundi, mackerel, and more, you’ll have fly-fished, trolled, and hand-line cast your hearts out on this fishing trip of a lifetime. Board a short flight from Taupo to Auckland, and then from Auckland home today.

  • Private airport transfers
  • 8 days rental car
  • 3 nights Cable Beach
  • 3 nights Kununurra
  • 2 nights Sydney
  • 2 nights Te Anau
  • 2 nights Lake Moeraki
  • 2 nights Mitchells
  • 2 nights Motueka
  • 2 nights Tongariro River
  • 2 days deep sea fishing
  • Barramundi river fishing
  • Guided swimming in waterfalls
  • Nightly entertainment in Kununurra
  • Guided bush walk in Outback
  • Champagne sunset tour in Outback
  • Private tour of Sydney Fish Market
  • Food and wine tour of Sydney
  • Private guided fly fishing Te Anau
  • Private guided fishing Lake Moeraki
  • Private guided fly fishing Mitchells
  • Private guided fly fishing Motueka
  • Private guided fly fishing Taupo
  • 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 13 dinners
  • 24-hour local assistance for all your needs in each country
  • Australia visa processing for US citizens

For another rare fly-fishing experience, arrange a private heli fly-fishing experience in order to access these unique and rugged areas in New Zealand.
-Ellen, Down Under Endeavours