Custom-Built Australia and New Zealand Fishing Vacation

Plan your custom fishing vacation in Australia and New Zealand! Discover one-of-a-kind fishing adventures, from catching barramundi in the outback to fly fishing for trout in New Zealand’s remote glacial streams.

This Custom-Built Australia and New Zealand Fishing Vacation was designed for some of our good mates who were true fishing enthusiasts. This was a bucket list fishing trip to Australia and New Zealand, so we packed in as much fishing as possible! We filled their itinerary with remote fishing expeditions in the wilderness of Australia, as well as world-class glacier stream fishing in New Zealand. With a breathtaking variety of natural scenery and fishing challenges, this was truly the vacation of a lifetime!

First for their Custom-Built Australia and New Zealand Fishing Vacation, we sent them to Broome in far Western Australia for deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean. They also experienced one of the world’s best sunsets with a camel ride on the famous Cable Beach. They dreamed of chasing barramundi in crocodile-infested waters, so we sent them to the remote Kimberley region in the heart of the Western outback for some unique fishing excursions in the local rivers. Their last Australia stop was Sydney, where they were treated to a privately guided tour of the city. They loved visiting the famous Fish Markets and seeing fishmongers bidding on the catch of the day.

Continuing their Custom-Built Australia and New Zealand Fishing Vacation, they flew to New Zealand for more than a week of fishing in remote lakes, rivers, and streams. They were able to visit some of the best areas in the world for catching large brown and rainbow trout. They enjoyed privately guided fishing excursions in the glacier-fed streams of Fiordland, in sunny Abel Tasman National Park, and many more gorgeous local fishing spots. One of their favorite days was spent with a fantastic guide who specialized in upstream sight fishing. In the evenings, they relaxed and talked over the highlights of their fishing adventures in the comfort of wonderful wilderness lodges.

Having enjoyed a huge variety of fishing challenges and natural attractions, they returned home more than satisfied, with some magnificent stories to share with their friends back home!

Suggested Itinerary

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, featuring 14 miles of soft white sand and some of the world’s best sunsets.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Day 2 – 3
The next 2 days are yours to spend at your leisure. We recommend taking a fishing charter from Broome for exceptional deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean. You can expect to catch coral trout, blue bone, mackerel, red emperor, crimson snapper, sailfish, blue line emperor, and many more tasty species. For a more exclusive experience, we can arrange a helicopter to take you to remote fishing locations where you can spend the entire day fishing this rich corner of the ocean.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Day 4
It’s a flight and a bumpy 4WD transfer today out to the heart of the outback, near the Bungle Bungle Ranges in the Kimberley region. Here, you’ll do some remote river fishing in hopes of catching the elusive barramundi. Mangrove jack, threadfin salmon, black bream, and catfish may also be on the menu if you’re lucky. This evening, there’s time to explore your wild outback surrounds or simply rest on the verandah with a cool drink enjoying views over the idyllic Bindoola Creek.
El Questro Homestead

Day 5 – 6
The next 2 days are at your leisure in the remote El Questro Wilderness Park, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. You can explore more of the local fishing spots in hopes of landing a barra, where you’ll also be treated to spectacular natural landscapes and wildlife viewing. Horseback riding, sunset tours, helicopter excursions to secluded waterfalls, and more remote nature adventures are also available.
El Questro Homestead

Day 7
Enjoy a 4WD transfer to the airstrip for a scenic flight of the East Kimberley. See this breathtaking landscape from above, taking in Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine, 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.
The Grace Hotel

Day 8
Today, enjoy a private, full-day tour of Sydney with an itinerary tailored to your interests. Rise early to visit the famous Sydney Fish Markets and enjoy a private tour of this city staple. The markets, where fishmongers for all the best restaurants bid on the catch of the day, are a delight for fish-lovers, and you’ll find a wide variety of fresh Australian oysters that make for a fun seafood sampler. Then your private tour can continue on to whatever you’d most like to see in Sydney: gourmet restaurants, wine tasting, Sydney highlights, historic neighborhoods, and much more.
The Grace Hotel

Day 9
A private transfer takes you to the airport, where you’ll catch a flight to Queenstown in the heart of New Zealand’s magnificent 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. Enjoy beautiful views over Lake Te Anau while sipping on world-renowned New Zealand wines.
Fiordland Lodge

Day 10
It’s time for some incredible fly fishing today! 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 among stunning scenery on remote rivers (optional heli flights from the lodge can bring you 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.
Fiordland Lodge

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 meals. 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.
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Day 12
You have 2 options today. We can provide a full-day private guide for more fishing, this time for brown trout and/or Quinnat salmon, or you can enjoy a private guide to explore the rest of the lodge’s remote wilderness offerings if you need a day off! You could head to the beach and see the wild Tasman Sea coast, journeying past dunes, waterfalls, rocky islands, and caves and keeping an eye out for New Zealand fur seals. Then you’ll canoe the lakes to look for black swan, fernbirds, and cormorants in an amazing floating forest. Whatever you do today, you’ll be treated to absolutely beautiful New Zealand scenery—even if you choose to observe it from the comfort of your lodge with a glass of red and a good book.
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Day 13
It’s a very scenic drive past windswept beaches and wave-ravished cliffs up to the central West Coast today. Your home for the next 2 nights is 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 and Hokitika (home of New Zealand jade jewelry).
Lake Brunner Lodge

Day 14
Enjoy world-class wilderness fly fishing with a private guide. Lake Brunner is one of the 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 brown trout; here, 3-pound fish are considered average and trophy-sized browns can be 8 lbs or more. Tonight, unwind with another delicious home cooked meal and a fireplace to keep you warm.
Lake Brunner Lodge

Day 15
A few hours’ drive along the dramatic Buller Gorge brings you to the Tasman region, where your fishing lodge awaits. Abel Tasman National Park is the sunniest region in the country and is known for its beaches, sculpted granite cliffs, and world-renowned Abel Tasman Coast Track where you can hike on beaches for days. Your goal, however, is to stalk and sight-cast in clear waters for brown trout. Stay in a specialist fly fishing lodge where you’ll be spoiled with warm Kiwi hospitality.
Owen River Lodge

Day 16
Enjoy more fly fishing today! Your private guide will take you to crystal clear waters and some of the dozens of nearby 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 can visit relatively gentle, easy-access rivers or more adventurous back country streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness. Your guide will 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 this evening with a gourmet dinner prepared by your hosts.
Owen River Lodge

Day 17
Make a short drive to the Nelson airport and take 2 short flights to Taupo, where your hosts will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your cozy chalet at a mountain lodge on the North Island. Tongariro Lodge was established in 1982 by legendary angler and guide Tony Hayes and has earned an excellent reputation for gourmet dining, the finest accommodation, quality outdoor activities, and the most experienced fly fishing guides in New Zealand. The lodge lies at the doorstep of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the most spectacular one-day walk in the world.
Tongariro Lodge

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 40 rivers and 4 lakes in the region, depending on the weather and time of year. You can access rivers on foot, by car, by 4WD, by helicopter (try an overnight camping trip!), or by raft.
Tongariro Lodge

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

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Based on
19 day stay
2 travelers

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