Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay is found on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Blessed with over 2200 hours of sunshine a year, wide rivers that run into the Pacific Ocean and abundance of world class vineyards - Hawkes Bay is one of the greatest fishing and wine regions in the world.

With over 35 years experience in fishing Hawkes Bay's rivers and over 25 years experience in the wine industry we can offer fly fishing & wine tours, taylor made to your individual needs, giving you exclusive access to the finest fishing and wine that New Zealand has to offer.


Fly Fishing

At the age of 12, I first cast a fly into the rivers of Hawkes Bay. Now, 35 years later, I am still fishing those same rivers and delight in sharing my experiences with visiting anglers. My professional guiding began in 1986 and I have been a member of the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association for the last decade. Working 3 seasons in Alaska and guiding guests of Poronui Lodge and Tongariro Lodge have added to my experience. I was Jim Teeny's guide when he produced his video "Fly Fishing for Salmon"

Locally, I have featured in the NZ program "Gone Fishing", appeared on "Magic Streams Down-under"... a 12 series video on fly fishing in NZ, and was one of the invited authors in the NZ publication " Masters on Flyfishing"  

"With over 30 rivers and streams, stocked with brown and rainbow trout, Hawkes Bay is one of the most under-rated fishing areas in the North Island of New Zealand."

Many anglers may not be familiar with Hawkes Bay, but if you have fished the North Island by helicopter, chances are you have fished here already. Guides from Taupo frquently fly their clients to Hawkes Bay rivers...check out the location map and you will see places such as the Ngaruroro, Mohaka, Rangitikei are right here in Hawkes Bay. There are also many more streams you won't read about that provide excellent fishing. A few days spent exploring these could be the highlight of your visit.

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Since the early 1980s I have been passionate about wine and over the years I have met many of the region's top winemakers, viticulturalists and winery owners. My experience in the industry includes operating a successful specialist wine shop, facilitating the sale of prime Gimblett Gravels vineyards, brokering bulk and bottled wine, and consulting on New Zealand and international wine lists for some of the country's top resorts.

"Wines from Hawkes Bay have scored more 90+ ratings in Wine Spectator than any other New Zealand District."

The people I have met and connections I have made mean that clients are guaranteed to meet influential  winemakers, viticulturists and local personalities. You will taste wines not generally available to the public and sample current vintages direct from the barrel or tank. Your personalised tour will reflect your wine preferences and interests, and will give you a far more insightful view into the local industry than would generally be possible.  

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