New Zealand

There were two reasons for going to New Zealand. Fishing and because I was flying over it, it seemed to be a shame not to visit.

I flew into the South Island, met my Dad, we hired a camper van and we set off. Since it was a fishing trip and we had both been there, we skipped most of the tourist things and focused on catching fish.

That said, the first day was just getting from Christchurch down into the fishing zone. We went down the coast and there are some amazingly scenic spots. The Moeraki Boulders are just bizarre, huge round stones just sitting on the beach. Apparently they form like pearls around imperfections in the sediment, then erode out of the cliffs to be slowly eroded away by the sea.

All the way down you go around a corner and find some deserted beach, spectacular cliff or amazing vista. If you go that way, take the scenic route.

We based ourselves in Gore for a few days and fished the Mataura. There was a side trip down to Invercargill (Discovering the beach at night with the wind blowing was an out of world experience) then back up through the middle of the South Island, stopping at various spots up the Mataura to fish before hitting the central lakes.

We tried our luck around Wanaka and Twizel, then meandered back to Christchurch. Nothing huge was caught. My biggest was a 1.7kg brown which is nice, but certainly not a huge fish. I got a total of 40 trout for the trip, all released. It was great fun though, I'll have to do it again.

I've stripped out the pictures of just fish. For those, you can see them here.


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Flying into the South Island
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Rakaia, salmon capital of NZ
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Dad on the Rangitata near Peel Forest
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Another zen moment on a Moeraki Boulder
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Just enjoying the time at Moeraki
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One of the Moeraki Boulders
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The Moeraki Boulders
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My Dad strolling down the beach in New Zealand
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Another Moeraki Boulder
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Boulder and driftwood
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The Moeraki Boulders
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Sun setting on the Moeraki Boulders
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Looking down the beach over the Moeraki Boulders
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Waikouaiti River, Karitane Harbour and Keritane
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Mushrooms in the caravan park at Gore
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A highland cow near Gore
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The Mataura River flowing over a coal seam
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I loved the way ferns take over things
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One of the tributaries to the Mataura
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They have trout in them here is the proof
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Something is watching me...
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Sun setting over the camper van while we fish
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The beach of Toetoes Bay
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Same beach, looking the other way
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Decaying shacks on Waituna Lagoon
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Sunset on the Mataura
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Sunset through the willows
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This is what New Zealand rivers are suppose to look like
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Upper reaches of the Mataura, near Athol
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Still on the Mataura
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Morning at Athol, yes, it was literally freezing
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Luckily the sun comes up and it starts to thaw out
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Our camper did have ice on it though
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Looking north up Lake Wakatipu
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Looking south down Lake Wakatipu
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Parachuters coming in to land near Queenstown
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Mouth of the Matukituki River on Lake Wanaka
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Dad at the mouth of the Matukituki River on Lake Wanaka
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Reflections at Lake Wanaka
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More reflections at Lake Wanaka
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Poplars at our Caravan park in Wanaka
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Lake Wanaka again and I'm pretty sure that's Mount Aspiring too
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And last one of Lake Wanaka, looking across Glendhu Bay
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Lake Hawea
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Lake Hawea and my Dad doing his Jesus impression
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Lake Ohau - you could surf on it
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Dad on Lake Ohau
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Lake Ohau, looking towards Mount Cook
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The stars (Notice the Southern Cross)
3:03pm 20th April 2012
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My Dad, getting frustrated at the fish on an arm of Lake Ruataniwha
4:47am 21st April 2012
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Spiderweb near Twizel
5:35am 21st April 2012
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Wairepo Arm of Lake Ruataniwha
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Rose hips, pretty, but the thorns are nightmarish
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We found a hedgehog! It was cute
3:05pm 21st April 2012
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The classic shot up Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook
5:16am 22nd April 2012
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Opuha Lake
10:13am 22nd April 2012
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