UnReel is the only fishing charter permitted to operate down the crystal clear fresh waters of the Kawarau River.

Queenstown River Fishing Tour

About the Trip

Explore the magnificent rivers of Queenstown.

unReel Fishing is the only fishing charter permitted to operate down the crystal clear fresh waters of the Kawarau River.

Travel down the river on a custom-made jet boat specially designed for jet boat river fishing. Here you will experience a mixture of casting off the jet boat and river banks using soft baits or hard body lures.

Your local guide will give you a demonstration for first timers - you’ll be reeling them in the big ones in no time!

‘Eagle One’ our custom made Platform jet boat will take you down the Kawarau River to all the fishing hot spots. ‘Eagle one’ was designed in Canada using the well known “eagle’ hull. The Kawarau river is the only river that flows out of Lake Wakatipu. ‘Eagle One’ is in full Maritime NZ safety authority. All safety equipment and fishing equipment is on-board and lifejackets are supplied.

Once down the river you will be doing a mixture of spin fishing from the jet boat as well as from the beach - there may also be times where you are casting while drifting down the river from the jet boat. You will mainly be catching Brown and Rainbow trout. We are lucky enough that the River is open all year for Fishing and we are the only Fishing charter able to operate down the Kawarau river.

The Kawarau river has a high volume water flow with slow moving surface, shallow braided sections with deep pools which hold good numbers and trophy sized trout.

The fishing gear is all fully supplied and you will be using an eggbeater style Spin Rod with braided line and a fluorocarbon leader with a mixture of either soft plastics, rapalas and spoons.

Trip Information


Trips are a minimum 3 hours long (note: Private Fishing Charters are available upon request).

Pick Up Point

Location: Frankton Marina (view map)
(Important note: Your skipper will confirm exact location at the marina prior to your trip as we will normally be communicating via email/phone beforehand.)

Time: as per request



  • Fishing gear
  • Safety equipment
  • Safety and fishing training
  • Catch and release
  • or Keep your fish if you wish (these will cleaned and bagged onboard ready to take with you)
  • Life Jackets must be worn at all times


  • Fishing License - you can purchase a fishing license on the Fish & Game websitefishandgame.org.nz/licences/ or onboard, at the start of you unReel Fishing experience.
  • More than welcome to bring any refreshments onboard with you

Booking schedule

If you would like to make a booking please call or text 027 617 9976

3 Hour Fishing Experience is subject to a minimum of 2 adults or equivalent value to confirm.


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Let’s go fishing.

Fishing is an activity that is dependent on weather conditions, making it difficult to confirm trips until the day itself. Due to this, we usually do not require payment prior to your experience. Please fill in the form below and we will be in touch soon to confirm the finer details of your unReel Fishing Trip.

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