Fishing is a popular activity within the Waimakariri River Regional Park. Whether it's river run salmon or trout, surfcasting or trying your luck at whitebaiting, anglers can be seen throughout the park from the river mouth at Brooklands up as far as the Waimakariri Gorge.
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We provide the best fishing locations by GPS. You can find the coordinates by downloading this table.
Some sections of the park are closed to public vehicle access. If you have a current Fish & Game licence you can obtain a key to access the river for fishing with a vehicle. Breaches of the conditions of issue will result in confiscation of your key or refusal to supply a key for the following season.
The Fish & Game Key is for exclusive use under Fish & Game regulations. Use of the key to access Environment Canterbury Parks for whitebaiting and all other forms of non-acclimatised fishing is strictly prohibited.
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Wheelchair and blind anglers' fishing access
A wheelchair and blind anglers' fishing access platform is available at McIntoshs. Keys can be picked up from Blackwell's Department Store in Kaiapoi, providing access from 1 October until 30 September. Locks are changed annually and are for fishing access only. Users must hold a current fishing licence.
Breaches of the conditions of issue will result in confiscation of your key or refusal to supply a key for the following season.
While fishing keep an eye out for riverbed birds such as the wrybill (pictured here), black fronted tern, black billed gull and banded dotterel. These birds feed, nest and sleep at ground level.
Recreational users can cause unintentional damage and disturbance to the birds causing nest failure.
If you see birds sitting on the ground or behaving unusually, please leave the immediate area in case you're in breeding territory. It is also important to prevent dogs from chasing or scent-tracing riverbed birds. Read more about birdlife in the area in this brochure.