Martin Langlands offers a wide diversity of guided flyfishing opportunities out of Christchurch and the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. We will customize your trip for whether you want to target the famous South Island trophy brown trout where you will be stalking these fish in gin clear rivers, or if you want to fish for numbers of rainbow trout. You can literally do browns one day and rainbows the next. Martin prides himself on educating you on the finer aspects of Kiwi fishing, local history and the many cultures of New Zealand. Although, he is best known for hunting truly large brown trout and he knows where they live!

Typical Length of Stay

Martin Langland can accommodate trips and itineraries of any length, from single day trips to trips of more than 10 days. Due to the amount of travel required to reach New Zealand, we strongly recommend a fishing trip of at least a week. Day trips can easily be arranged if you find yourself visiting Christchurch for any amount of time.

Accommodations and Lodging

Martin works with many different lodging options, such as high end B & B’s, private farm stays with private river access, simple motels and backcountry cabins and camping. This is such a customized destinations that it is best to speak with a Yellow Dog representative to work out potential lodging and meal options for a trip with Langland’s Outfitting.

Fishing Information

Big New Zealand RainbowThe Canterbury region around Christchurch is home to numerous rivers that hold wild brown and rainbow trout that average 3 to 5 pounds. This area is perhaps best known for trophy brown trout – giant, magazine-cover fish that most people can only dream about! The area waters are crystal clear, so sight fishing is almost always the preferred angling technique. Patiently searching the rivers and stalking your prey is imperative for successful fishing in this area. Longer casts with a delicate presentation is key, and the standard approach is for your guide to spot your trout from above while you set up below the fish to present your fly. The excitement from your well-perched and camouflaged guide yelling, “Set mate!” as the trout takes your fly is hard to match. This is a true "team effort" and one of the more rewarding guide-client scenarios that you will experience.

The fly patterns fished in this area will be larger then your standard Western U.S. tailwater selection, and tippets can be heavier and stronger. As the number of false casts and presentations increase, however, the fish become more wary, meaning that changing up patterns between casts and making each and every cast count can be crucial. Your relationship with your guide (and the big fish that he'll show you!) will be what you remember most about your New Zealand trip. Martin Langlands and his team of guides have a true passion for their local waters and fishing environments, and they can easily accommodate most angling requests. The guides can pick you up at your Christchurch-area accommodations and put you in the middle of “trout country” in no time at all. The guided helicopter trips (a great option) will also put you on pristine rivers where zero footprints and large, willing trout are the norm. These “heli-trips” may be arranged on a daily basis or for multi-day camping ventures. While these helicopter trips make things easy, they are by no means required, as the guides are more than happy to hike far into the backcountry as a more economical way to enjoy pristine environments. Non-angler companions who like to hike can accompany the angler and guide for a memorable day in the backcountry. One might hike for an hour or more before turning around and hiking back, all the while searching for and sight fishing to holding trout.

Boats and Equipment

We always recommend you bring your own equipment whenever possible. For those that want to travel light, Martin Langlands does have fly rod outfits and waders available for rent. Please request loaner and rental gear prior to your arrival in New Zealand.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Breathtaking SceneryThe non-angling activities in New Zealand are almost too numerous to list! Some of the activities include trekking (hiking), sheep station tours, bunji-jumping, river jet boat tours, rafting, mountain and tour biking, bird watching, horseback riding, sea kayaking, surfing, fiordland tours, golf, tennis, beachcombing, sailing, shopping, vineyard tours and wine tasting, ecotourism, and visiting Maori cultural centers.

How To Get There

International travel via Quantus Air and Air New Zealand provide daily flights from LAX non-stop to Auckland, New Zealand on the North Island. These flights depart LAX in the evening and arrive into Auckland 14 hours later.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Due to crossing the International Date Line, you actually arrive two days later than when you departed. (You return a day earlier than when you depart New Zealand, however, technically arriving home before you depart!) From Auckland domestic flights to Christchurch leave hourly throughout the day for the three hour flight to the South Island. Expect total roundtrip airfare to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500 per person.

2012 Rates / Package Costs

Prices listed below are all per person and in US dollars. Rates may be lower depending on number of people in group. Please call Yellow Dog for pricing and details.

Length of Stay Budget Trip
(Backcountry Camping)
Mid-Range Trip
(Motels & B&B's)
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $1,995 $2,195 $2,995
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,595 $3,195 $4,395

Helicopter Fly Out Trips ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $620.00 - $820.00
Price is per day for one or two anglers

Christchurch Area Day Trips ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $450.00
Price is per day for one or two anglers

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Professional guided fishing
  • Flies, terminal tackle, and rental rods
  • Lunches, snacks, drinks, and ground transportation

*** For multi-day and week long packages, lodging and meals are also included.

What's Not Included

  • International travel to domestic base in New Zealand
  • Fishing license ($86 NZ,) and New Zealand departure tax ($25 NZ,)
  • Gratuities for guides.

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Beautiful New Zealand LandscapeTHE GUIDES
Martin Langlands - Martin has been involved with fly fishing on the South Island since 1985. He's worked in fly fishing retail, as a professional fly tier, and as a full-time, dedicated guide - something that meshes well with his keen interest in freshwater ecology and entomology. Over the year's, Martin has developed a number of innovative and unique fly patterns and fly fishing techniques specific to his home waters. His aims as a guide are to be innovative, informative, professional and friendly. Martin has been featured in a number of industry publications and fishing magazines, including the December 2005 issue of Fly Fisherman Magazine. Martin’s other interests include hiking, pre and post European New Zealand history, native plants, and New Zealand trout fly heritage.

Peter Langlands - At 32 years old, Peter is one of the most knowledgeable and energetic guides around. Peter has spent many hours fishing and guiding both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. During the summers, Peter guides full time. In the off-season, he works as a consultant for New Zealand Fish & Game and as an advisor to local government planners on salmonid fisheries issues. Peter's articles have appeared in numerous publications, including New Zealand Trout Fisher, New Zealand Fisherman, and Wilderness Magazine. His strong appreciation and background in science relating to entomology, ecology and fisheries is made apparent through his highly-productive days on the water. Peter’s other interests include sea–kayaking, mountain biking, conservation and photography.

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