Guided fishing on the Hope River

The Hope River in Canterbury is a tributary of the Waiau River. It rises at the Hope Pass in the Southern Alps, and runs northeast through Lake Sumner Forest Park then south until it turns east along a large valley formed by the Hope Fault. It is joined by a major tributary, the Boyle River which flows south from the Lewis Pass some 12 kilometres above its confluence with the Waiau. The Waiau enters from a side valley and continues eastward along the Hope Fault’s valley before turning south through a gorge near Hanmer Springs.

The Hope River is one of the most consistent producers of large brown trout in the North Canterbury Region. Helicopters access is essential for the upper reaches which offers the classic NZ back-country fishing experience. A good river for overnight trips.

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