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Heralded as an angler’s paradise, Central Otago offers the fishing enthusiast world-class opportunities to indulge in the quiet pleasures offered by their favourite past-time.

The region provides a fantastic variety of fishing opportunities in a place where vast mountain vistas are usually the backdrop. Central Otago’s rivers boast excellent fishing in places where safe, easy access is readily available for the family outing. There are also plenty of spots for the more adventurous who like to get off the beaten track in search of the more discreet fishing location.

Explore the region’s waterways yourself or take advantage of the knowledge of a local fishing guide to lure you to the best locations. Fish the Clutha River, a system that provides a wonderful array of fishing experiences. On Lake Dunstan – the lake formed by the damming of the Clutha in 1993 - try out any number of fishing techniques - trolling, spinning, harling or fly-fishing – in the hope of catching the big one.

Surrounded by a rugged, windswept landscape, or sitting amidst vast rock tors are small lakes formed for irrigation such as Lake Onslow and Poolburn. These are unique regional fishing spots and firm favourites with local anglers.

In late January and early February the cicada hatch takes place, a happening not to be missed.

If you wish to access a water way across private property please ask permission first and remember to carry your fishing licence at all times and check your regulation guide before wetting a line.

For details on regional fishing spots see

Central Otago Fishing Spots

Hunting in Central Otago

The rolling hills and valleys of Central Otago give you the chance to hunt for a range of animals.

Find out details on hunting areas and permits for Central Otago at a local Department of Conservation office, or online at

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