Build your package

Braided Rivers Fishing Guides treats no two fishing trips the same. Your salmon/trout fishing guide Ben Haywood takes into consideration your abilities, preferences and the weather conditions to custom-make a New Zealand fishing tour for you (and your mates, if you like).

Full Day Guided Fishing Trips

  • Experienced NZ fishing guide with a vast knowledge of the Canterbury High Country & West Coast, weather patterns & stream entomology
  • All transportation to and from fishing destinations each day
  • Use of top-quality fishing tackle including waders
  • A full packed lunch & non-alcoholic beverages

1 Angler NZD $700 per day
2 Anglers NZD $725 per day
3 Anglers NZD $750 per day

Weekend/Mid-Week Getaway

How would you like to spend your 2-day New Zealand fishing trip?

  • Go sight fishing for large trout in the remote, picturesque surroundings of the Canterbury High Country or West Coast regions.
  • Try salmon fishing in the braided rivers of Canterbury.
  • Choose to target trout of a lifetime in the Tekapo’s/Twizel’s Hydro Canals.

Prices include airport pickup (if needed), 1 night’s accommodation, transportation, all food and drink during the days’ fishing (excludes evening meals) and the use of top-quality fishing tackle.

NZD $1,600 for 1 angler, NZD $1,700 for 2 anglers, NZD$1,800 for 3 anglers

5-Day Bucket List Escape

What does your ultimate action-packed fishing week look like?

  • Stalk wild trout in the many remote and crystal-clear streams of the beautiful West Coast and/or Canterbury High Country regions OR
  • Go salmon fishing in the braided rivers of Canterbury OR
  • Chase monster trophy trout in the High Country Tekapo and Twizel Hydro Canals.

Prices include airport pickup (if needed), 4 nights’ accommodation, transportation, all food and drink during the days’ fishing (excludes evening meals) and the use of top quality fishing tackle.

NZD $4,200 for 1 angler, NZD $4,350 for 2 anglers, NZD $4,500 for 3 anglers

Fishing Licenses

Anglers must purchase a Fish and Game Fishing Licence before they begin fishing in New Zealand. Licences can be purchased directly through Fish and Game using their online system. Anglers must carry their fishing licence with them whenever they are fishing as random checks are frequent.

24-hour NZ fishing license: Child & Junior (under 18): NZD $20 ; Adult (18+): NZD $34

Full season non-resident (1 Oct – 30 Sep): Child & Junior (under 18): NZD $34 ; Adult (18+): NZD $180

Fancy a heli fishing safari?

Helicopter hire costs are an additional charge to Braided Rivers Fishing Guides’ fee, with hire costs calculated on overall flying time.


Emmert – California

Ben was an awesome guide and person to go fishing during my honeymoon in NZ. He is a guide who is passionate about his work and his knowledge about the area and techniques was top notch. Everything was taken care of from start to finish. All high quality gear and tackle was supplied along with…

Jaxvosloo – Hong Kong

Thanks Ben for one of the best fishing trips of my life. Catching a rainbow trout was a bucket list item and you came through despite how rusty I was at fly fishing.

Paul Rahman – Australia

Wow, we made the trip over to New Zealand hoping to catch a salmon each for the wall. I had mine by the first day and my mate by the second day. The trout fishing was just a bonus and was the best fishing we have had on some very large rainbows on tight skinny…

Trish Porter – Australia

Our day fly fishing for trout with Ben Haywood was absolutely wonderful. As novice fly fishers we were a little concerned we wouldn’t be up to the task but with Ben’s advice and assistance we soon felt comfortable and relaxed, and we were onto the fish in no time. Ben’s knowledge of the river system…

Mike Smith – Canada

My full day of fly fishing for rainbow trout with Ben Haywood was a dream fulfilled. Ben has superlative guiding skills as well as being incredibly patient and helpful. This allowed me to catch some large trout along one of his favourite streams. His uncanny knack of spotting fish in the water, and telling you…

Adam Borg – United States

I have never fished with anyone who is able to spot fish better than my guide Ben Haywood. He put me on multiple large rainbows in only a half day fishing trip. It was a first class experience and a fly fishing trip of a life time. Thank you Ben.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy

All guided fishing trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking. Deposits can be paid either by a bank transfer or via credit card using PayPal. The balance of payment is due for payment one month prior to the booked date(s) of the trip(s).

Braided Rivers Fishing Guides acknowledge they have no control over our changeable weather conditions, but it is rare to cancel bookings due to inclement weather. We endeavour to adapt fishing strategies to suit the conditions.

Braided Rivers Fishing Guides can accept no liability for any injuries, medical conditions, losses or claims of any kind or nature. For this reason, we strongly advise all international travellers purchase travel insurance.