Sports and the Outdoors in Motueka

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Sports and the Outdoors

You won't lack for places to land some whopping brown trout. Fishing season here runs from October to April. Fly-fishing excursions to local rivers and remote backcountry areas, involving hiking or helicopter trips, give plenty of excitement to visiting anglers. Daily guiding rates are generally around NZ$850 and include lunches, drinks, and 4WD transportation. (Helicopter access is additional.) Best areas to base yourself for trout fishing are: St. Arnaud, Motueka, Murchison, or at one of the dedicated though pricey fly-fishing lodges in country areas, close to these towns.

Strike Adventure Fishing. Zane Mirfin is one of New Zealand's most experienced fly-fishing guides. His company, Strike Adventure, takes clients to the best spots throughout Nelson and Marlborough, as well as the West Coast and North Canterbury. 03/541–0020. www.strikeadventure.com.

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