Spilling its waters from the mountains of the South Island’s Lewis Pass, the Maruia River winds through a heavily forested valley and rural farmland before joining the Buller River near Murchison. Ease of access and convenient location combine with a spectacular and remote section of the river to make this trip a real gem. Both rafting and inflatable kayak options are available depending on group size and river levels, and for the keen angler, the Rainbow and Brown trout fishing is legendary giving you a great challenge and fun what ever your skill level. Don’t forget to bring the sandfly protection.
Fly fishing at its best on New Zealand’s rivers accessed by raft
Starts with packing expedition gear and driving to the put-in point. After rigging the rafts we‘re soon cruising through the beech forest looking for a good spot to break for a gourmet picnic lunch. In the afternoon the river becomes steeper and more confined and we shoot some of the bigger rapids of the trip, finally reaching our campsite with time to set up camp and relax or explore before evening sets in. Don’t forget though if you are out to catch some fish then you and your guide will constantly be on the lookout making sure that you are ready for the known areas where the bigger fish tend to live all year round.
Starts with a fresh, wholesome breakfast sets us on our way on the final day of our trip. With the gear packed it’s straight back into the action as we tackle the Maruia‘s white water once more. The rafts and kayaks bob and weave their way around boulders and through waves in the isolated valley, crystal clear pools between rapids giving us time to drift, relax and take in the scenery. We can stop in many places along the river for a wee fishing break in areas that getting, to on foot are impossible. We can even drift the craft in the middle of the river to fish towards the sides, usually unheard off in the fishing community on a river. As we ride the final rapids the valley starts to open again and the river converges with the road to take us to our waiting transport that will take us back to our private base in Murchison for a shower and probably a well earned cold beer.
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