The Mid Canterbury region is bounded by 2 major braided rivers, the Rakaia River and the Rangitata River.
These beautiful rivers contribute to irrigation and power schemes but also provide a playground with jetboating, white water rafting, fishing and just all round general beauty. There are also numerous high country lakes and tarns to explore in the high country in Methven’s backyard with an abundance of wildlife, walking tracks and mt biking adventures.
For an adrenalin-pumping experience you’ll never forget, jump aboard Discovery Jet and blast along the ever-changing Rakaia River. Discovery Jet is the the only certified commercial operator through Maritime NZ on the Rakaia Gorge.
You’ll need to hang on tight as your driver skillfully weaves the jet board through the intricate network of braided river channels, skimming along stony banks and through gushing opalescent blue waters rich with salmon and trout.
The scenic Rakaia River is considered by many as the best salmon fishing river in New Zealand. The Rakaia can boast to having the most consistent salmon runs of any of the NZ rivers. In New Zealand the main salmon fishing season runs from January to mid April. The Rakaia run peaks during February and March. Although the Rakaia is generally fished for salmon, it also contains sea-run brown trout and resident populations of rainbow trout (upriver) and of brown trout.
HIGH COUNTRY LAKES
Hakatere Conservation Park covers nearly 60,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussocklands, beech forest and sparkling clear rivers & lakes. Lakes Emma and Roundabout, accessible by 4WD, offer excellent fishing, while Lake Camp is popular with boaties, water skiers and fishermen. Lake Clearwater, with its small village of holiday homes, is popular for windsurfing, sailing, rowing and fishing. The Maori Lakes and Lake Heron also offer good fishing and are important wildlife refuges.