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Central South Island Fishing Conditions

The website links on this page are to graphs of rainfall, water levels and river flows on Environment Canterbury and hydro-electric power company websites.

Lake spills warning: 9th Jan 2009

Waitaki River users are being warned to prepare for a sudden rise in water levels.

Environment Canterbury was yesterday advising people who would be around the Waitaki River this weekend (10-11 January) to be ready for an increase in water levels, up to double, if Meridian Energy is forced to spill more water...

...further spilling could result in an increase of the flow in the lower Waitaki by up to 850 cubic metres per second. Currently the Waitaki River at Kurow is flowing at 460 cumecs....While the river can handle flows of this nature, Mr Henderson said there could be danger for people fishing around the river mouth...

...splliing is also likely to continue from lakes Benmore, Pukaki and Tekapo.

Waitaki Lakes Recreational Information

The Waitaki Lakes Recreational Information pamphlet includes sections on the lakes, safe boat navigation, camping, hydro power station statistics, wildlife and plants, local walks, and important contact information.

Download the pamphlet in pdf format at the Environment Canterbury website.

Weather forecasts and observations

For an up-to-date weather forecast:


River report

For up-to-date information on flooding, river flows and rainfall from Environment Canterbury either:

  • call the River Report on 0900 74837 (RIVER). There is a charge 0f 50 cents per minute (plus GST).
  • or find out how to get information using text messaging.


Graphs and a table from Environment Canterbury showing recent rainfall.


River flows

Graphs and a table from Environment Canterbury showing the current flow of rivers in the area.


Lake levels

Graphs from Meridian Energy showing current lake levels for:

  • Lake Tekapo
  • Lake Pukaki
  • Lake Ohau
  • Lake Benmore
  • Lake Aviemore
  • Lake Waitaki


Fish & Game reports

Central South Island Fish & Gane publishes:

- Weekly reports during the fishing season

- Monthly reports


Bluewater Resort

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Lake Clearwater

Timaru River

Bush Stream

Opihi River

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