North Canterbury

Ashley River

35km north of Christchurch on SH1. Access off SH1 or through the Waikuku Beach settlement. Best fishing in winter and spring. Fishing during the evening by casting into pools where the river flows up against bank-side willows.

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Lower Selwyn River

30km southwest of Christchurch. Drive to Lincoln and then towards the Selwyn Huts. Access either at Coes Ford or through the Selwyn Huts settlement. Once again, fishing in the evening and into the night, with spin fishing  or natural bait.

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Hurunui River

80km north of Christchurch on SH 7. Access off the SH7 bridge just beyond the historic Hurunui Pub. Fishing well throughout the day with spin fishing and fly fsihing suitable  anytime the river is clear.

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Further Information

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Local Guides

Shane Johnston
Steve Gerard
Chappie Chapman
Kevin Payne
Nigel Birt
Phil Stephenson
Liam Taylor
Allan Kircher
Serge Bonnafoux

Local Contact

North Canterbury Fish & Game Council
Tel: 03 366 9191