NZ Rookies Part 2
If you want to plan your trip staying at these kind of camping sites it should not be a problem. You find them quite frequently. You are not allowed to go camping anywhere., but if you ask the landowner it is normally no problem. If you go camping without asking you should consider the risk of being chased away. I have never experienced this though. Sometimes it is difficult to know who to ask and you might arrive late in the evening. Just be careful and don’t disturb anyone. You should also always try to ask before you walk across someones land, on your way to the waters.
People are normally friendly and willing to show you the best way. In many “known” fishing places there are “Fishing Access” signs. They show you where to reach the water. Then you have the right to walk along the river or lake you want to fish. If there aren’t any signs that tells you differently.
I really recommend bringing a tent and staying outdoors. At camping sites if you pay, but definitively also along the rivers you want to fish, as long as you don’t have any houses in sight and don’t disturb anyone. I have never experienced anyone being offended and wanting me to leave. If you want to hike far up along a river, the daylight hours might be to few. Then camping is the only solution. Here are no dangerous animals (except some rare spider). This also invites to go camping. The feeling of lying in your sleeping bag far away from civilization with a nice day of fishing behind you, and with another one waiting tomorrow, is hard to beat. Of course you don’t leave any trace when it is time to head back.
The Islands offer thousands of waters for flyfishermen. How to know where to begin? Of course there is a solution to this “problem” as well.