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November 1 to April 30


6 anglers per week


Brown Trout

Reefton is a small town of about 1000 people on New Zealand’s West Coast region, some 80 km northeast of Greymouth, in the valley of the Inangahua River.

Brown Trout. On rare occasion, rainbow trout.

EARLY SEASON- November December
MID SEASON- December through March

There are no set arrival and departure turn around days. We are flexible to accommodate your schedule.

Built to recreate the Golden Days of Reefton’s Gold Rush era of the 1870’s, the accommodations consist of one and two bedroom fully contained apartment style units. These apartment units are very roomy and come with kitchens, bathrooms, LCD TV’s with Sky. Bluetooth for iPad, etc. and central heating for cosy winter warmth and double glazing windows and doors. There is daily maid service and the apartments are located right in the heart of Reefton and within just a short walk to all our favorite pubs and restaurants.

6 rods per week


Reefton is an excellent location to base from when fishing New Zealand’s south island because of its proximity to some of the best rivers in the country. There are 15 different river systems within a 40 minute drive from the town centre, making Reefton a no brainer for those who love to site cast to big Brown Trout. To be sure, this is not a place where anglers should expect luxury accommodation and gourmet meals. We have other locations on the south island that offer these in spades! What this location does have, aside from excellent access to many superb rivers, is a unique small town New Zealand vibe, with comfortable and roomy accommodations with several friendly pubs and restaurants nearby.

Another strong aspect to the Reefton area is the strong diversity of rivers that can be helicopter accessed. Remote, isolated and holding trophy Brown Trout, these “chopper day trips” offer the kind of beautiful water and environments that New Zealand has become world famous for.

Just about every size and type of river can be found within an hours’ drive from the hotel. Large rivers like the Buller, run for over 100 kilometers and offer an excellent mixed bag of long scenic runs broken up by deep productive pools. With gin clear water and stunning scenery, The Buller holds very good number of fish in the 3-4 pound range.

For those who like smaller and more intimate rivers, options like the Clarke River will thrill even the most jaded of “been there, done that” anglers. The Clarke is a small and isolated river that cuts through a lovely valley to join the headwaters of the Grey River. It holds fish in the five pound range, with larger fish being fairly common. The highly productive upper sections of this river are all but impossible to reach without the use of a helicopter.

Perhaps our favorite river in the entire area is the Rough. The scenery is straight out of Jurassic Park and is absolutely breathtaking. Tea colored and fast moving, the Rough River flows over a rock, gravel and boulder bed. While its lower sections can be reached by car, the Middle and Upper sections are heli access only. While this river holds some very big fish, it’s not for everyone. You need to be fit and a relatively experienced trout angler to really be able to take advantage of all that the Rough has to offer.

The Reefton area has something for every passionate trout enthusiast. This is Dry Fly country and while nymphing is productively utilized, your guide will reach for a dry more often than not when a trout has been spotted. It is a true Mecca for trout lovers who enjoy site casting to their fish.

This part of New Zealand is strictly a walk and wade fishing environment. SUV’s will take anglers to the river or stream the guide has selected to fish that day. We use the services of local “chopper” companies in the Reefton and Hokitika that specialize in Heli-Fishing. The helicopter you’ll fly in will vary, based on the number of anglers/guide and the location you choose.

Robinson R44 - up to 3 passengers (including guide) + pilot
Hughes/MacDonald Douglas 500 - up to 4 passengers (including guide) + pilot
Eurocopter EC130/Squirrel - up to 6 passengers (including guide) + pilot

Reefton is located in the north west section of the south island, roughly a 3 hour drive from the northern gateway town of Nelson. The majority of flights coming in to New Zealand from the US and Canada arrive in Auckland, which is located on the north island. And fortunately, there are numerous flights per day to Nelson from Auckland and Wellington. Guests coming in from Auckland
will have to fly to Wellington first and then on to Nelson, as there are no direct flights to Nelson from Auckland. Once you arrive at the airport in Nelson, we will have a comfortable air conditioned shuttle waiting to drive you down to Reefton.

If you are coming up to Reefton through Christchurch, it’s about a 4 hour drive and will have a shuttle service waiting
to pick you up as soon as you clear customs to drive you directly to Reefton.

Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.



Please note that if you are coming in from Christchurch, that there is an additional $125 USD per person cost to cover the additional cost of the shuttle to Reefton.


U.S., Canadian and EU members must have a passport that is valid for 3 months beyond intended stay as well as tickets and documents for return or onward travel.
No Visa required for stays of up to three months

RATES FOR 2021/22

Double occupancy in the room and shared guide

$7,150 USD 7 nights with 6 days of guided fishing

Includes 3 helicopter fly outs

Single occupancy in the room and shared guide

$7,650 USD 7 nights with 6 days of guided fishing

Includes 3 helicopter fly outs