A trip to New Zealand is a magical experience but it has substantial cost of trip planning & travel time, as well as considerable financial cost. You can search the internet for countless hours and not get answers that you are looking for and still not get a feel of what each region offers. We have traveled to New Zealand the past 13 years for 2 – 3 months each year. We have extensive experience and expertise as a foreigner, what to expect, what the cautions are, what you need to know to have a plan A – Z to maximize your time.
We get countless emails each year asking for trip planning help because people know our expertise & vast experience. We have faithfully & diligently provided information to help anglers plan details of travel & fishing in New Zealand. We spend extensive time reading and replying to each person based on their desires and preferences. We’ve provided extensive information to a lot of people who have enjoyed incredible trips. It’s an involved process. We refer $70 to $200K in bookings annually to NZ Professional Guide Association members without their knowing, without collecting any commission. We do not want to bog our life down collecting commissions nor do we want to tie ourselves to any company – we simply want to share our love & joy of New Zealand and help you do the same.
If you would like our assistance in planning your travels to the S Island of New Zealand, we now offer a flat, one-time consultation of $150 Canadian. Given the cost of travel, the difficulty in finding specific information from experienced fly fishers, and that our media has likely inspired & led you to making inquiry of us about New Zealand, and that this consulting fee is likely less than 1% of your travel – there is great value in this process. Our advice is likely to confirm some of what you have read & discovered on your own and likely to raise a few things you hadn’t considered.
Given that you will have a series of questions, we provide opportunity to email upwards of 30 questions specific to your trip. Most people lead with about 15 questions, receive our reply, then come back with 5 or 10 more to clarify or continue conversation.
Some of your questions that we can help you with include (the following from an international tourist’s perspective): vehicle/camper-van/4×4 rentals; driving information; camping locations; hotel & holiday park information; regional fishing information (not river/watershed specific); monthly weather & water plans; weather trends & cycles and how to observe river flow reports in order escape them; what water types offer what type of fishing; fly fishing gear & equipment selection; flies – leader – tippet considerations; what some of the sites are for non-fishing companions; approving & dispelling John Kent’s book; considerations to accommodations; why you need to hire a guide & who to hire regionally; if the fabled mouse years are predicted; arriving in New Zealand & how to deal with Biosecurity; where fly shops are located; how to do further in-depth trip planning; where heli charters are available; regional freedom camping restrictions; Dept of Conservation information for DoC lands; hut locations; dealing with sandflies; food considerations; seasonal influxes of tourists and general times to travel; more.
HOW IT WORKS: If you would like help with the above &/or other thoughts & considerations, our fee is $150 and payable via PayPal. Please email us with your intention. We’ll email you a funds request. Once we receive your funds we will reply. You email us your plans and questions and we reply based on our experiences.
We look forward to assisting your trip to the South Island of New Zealand! For those who have emailed us for help but are not willing to respect our time & value, sorry that we’re not a match but have a wonderful trip!
~ Dave & Amelia Jensen