This is the long weekend you dream of.
What could be better than a few days fishing the crystal clear waters of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, and the Upper Waiau River?
The Stabicraft Marine Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic, held every Labour Weekend, is the perfect opportunity to soak up majestic views of Fiordland and the Te Anau Basin.
You can picture the serenity. Cast a line from shore, or bring the boat to get right out into the middle one of the beautiful lakes.
Families and fishing enthusiasts flock to the beautiful Fiordland region for a fantastic weekend of fishing, relaxing and revelling in all the lakeside towns have to offer.
It really is a fishing competition for the whole family - with both individual and family entries, adult, junior (12-17 years) and child (11 and under) anglers lining up to catch the heaviest fish.
The only decision you’ll really need to make is whether to smoke, pan fry or maybe even bake your delicious catch.
And of course every adult who catches a fish goes into the draw to win the grand prize – a Stabicraft 1550 fisher with a 4 stroke 60-hp Yamaha outboard and trailer package.
The rods and reels whip into action from 2pm on the Friday, and the competition winds up at 2pm on the Sunday, with the much anticipated prizegiving about an hour after that.
One of the highlights of the weekend is the Cruise Milford Take a Kid Fishing competition held at the picturesque McGregor’s Pond, next to the Whitestone River.
Kids’ eyes light up as they spot salmon gliding through the calm blue surface of the pond, and the adrenaline rushes as the fishing line tenses while they reel in their prized catch. Smaller fish are gently returned to the water to swim another day.
The kids love delving into their goodie bags packed with all sorts of treats - there might even be a chocolate fish hiding in there.
Smiles a mile wide aren’t restricted to the kids at the prizegiving on the Sunday - with an amazing array of awards and prizes on offer.
Take time to enjoy all that Fiordland (Ata Whenua - Shadowlands) has to offer.
It is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty, and as one of New Zealand’s oldest tourism drawcards, this rugged and remote region offers awe-inspiring landscapes and wide range of recreational activities.
It’s a world-class sightseeing destination and a must-do for anyone exploring New Zealand.