Altitude Fly Fishing

Based in: New Zealand 🇳🇿


Experience unparalleled fly fishing in New Zealand's Lower North Island with Altitude Fly Fishing. The region, marked by stunning, rugged mountains, offers a plethora of exquisite trout waters waiting to be explored. From lowland rivers teeming with rainbow and brown trout to remote, picturesque spring-fed streams housing larger, albeit fewer, fish, these waters have been Johnny's playground for over two decades.

Prime Backcountry Opportunities

Located between two mountain ranges, Altitude Fly Fishing gives you access to some of the world's premium backcountry locations. Opt for hiking or helicopter access to maximize your fishing time and reach rarely fished, remote rivers. Our backcountry offers incredible scenery, larger fish, and ample sight-fishing opportunities for those with good fitness and fishing skills. New Zealand's wild, mountainous landscape, clear waters, and lush forests create an ideal habitat for large trout.

Wilderness Overnight Experience

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of the New Zealand wilderness with comfortable riverside camping in tents or backcountry huts. These quaint retreats offer respite after a stimulating day in the demanding trout wilderness.

Lower North Island Fly Fishing

Based in Palmerston North, a variety of fishing waters are within a short 20-90 minute drive, including the Manawatu, Rangitikei, Mangatainoka, and Ruamahanga River systems. The city offers accommodation for every budget. Reach out for recommendations.

Taupo & Tongariro Fly Fishing

Experience winter angling at its finest on Lake Taupo and surrounding rivers. Throughout the year, the fisheries here hold substantial numbers of both brown trout and rainbow trout but peaking from June to October during the annual spawning run.

Learning and Refining Skills

Lake Taupo region provides an exceptional venue to learn fly fishing or hone your existing skills. Gain expertise in Czech Nymphing, single or double-handed spey, and indicator style nymphing, and elevate your fly fishing experience.

Altitude Fly Fishing

Prime Backcountry fishing (hiking or heli)
Overnight experiences available
Learn and refine a wide range of fly fishing techniques
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Altitude Fly Fishing offers unforgettable fly fishing experiences in New Zealand's Lower North Island, with opportunities to explore diverse trout waters. This includes stunning lowland rivers, remote spring-fed streams, and world-renowned Lake Taupo, catering to both novices and seasoned anglers.

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Go fly fishing in these locations

Altitude Fly Fishing can take you fly fishing in many more locations, but these are the ones that are featured on FlyFish Circle:

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Tongariro River

Big trout in a big river


Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout

Expert advice for these species

Altitude Fly Fishing is an expert when it comes to fly fishing for these species:

Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout