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nzfishing.com news: March 2011

The effect of the Christchurch Earthquake

We at nzfishing.com are saddened by the devastating earthquake in Christchurch last month. We would like to inform anyone planning a fishing trip to New Zealand however that the earthquake was centred on the city of Christchurch and little or no damage has been experienced in areas outside the city. All fishing lodges, accommodation and guides are operating as normal. Christchurch airport is open to international flights and although there is little accommodation within the central city area, the rest of the country remains unaffected.

Finding accommodation in Christchurch

As Christchurch is the main entry point to the South Island, people are inquiring as to where best to stay while there. Pepper's Clearwater Resort is open and has the added advantages of being close to the airport and having some superb spring creek fishing and a number of great lakes right within its grounds - all well stocked with wild trout. Peppers Clearwater Resort is a great starting location on arrival as well as being ideal for the last few days before leaving. And do take advantage of the superb restaurant which is beside a lake allowing you to watch the large trout rise as you eat your meals.

We welcome our Tony Houpt to nzfishing.com

We are delighted to announce that champion angler Tony Houpt has joined our team at nzfishing.com. Tony is a member of the Sports Fly Fishing New Zealand and has represented New Zealand as a member of the national fly fishing team the Silver Flies on several occasions.

Tony has a history in the finance sector and this added to his wealth of angling experience makes him ideal to work with us to take nzfishing.com to the next stage. Expect to see some major changes and exciting developments over the next few months.

The fishing seasons in New Zealand

While the months between October and April are regarded as the peak seasons for fishing in New Zealand, there remains great fishing thoughout the year. In fact some areas experience the best angling conditions in the cooler months. So do not put away your rods (and especially not your waders) as the winter approaches. There is still plenty happening and plenty of places to go that offer superb fishing opportunities. Did you know for instance that all fishing regions around New Zealand have waters open all year and that there are 134 open waters during winter in the North Island alone? For a brief summary see the section on Winter fishing.

Doug Stevens

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