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Fishing for trout on the Waiau, Henry and Ada Rivers and Lakes Guyon and Tennyson is available to all fishing licence holders. The fishing seasons are detailed in the latest Fish and Game Sports Fishing Regulations provided when you purchase a fishing licence. Licences are available from fishing/outdoor sports shops, Fish and Game Council offices and information/visitor centres.


Kayaking / Rafting

The upper Waiau River from Maling Pass to the Hope River confluence is reputed to be one of the best rivers for rafting and kayaking in the eastern South Island. Experience is essential for those not in a guided party.

There are four gorges graded 3–4 depending on river flow. The first gorge between Maling Pass and the Edwards River is the most challenging. The three gorges after the Edwards River confluence include the notorious 'Narrows'. The Edwards River confluence is the last exit point until the Waiau River runs alongside SH 7. There are limited access points for vehicles and some boat carrying will be necessary. For more information refer to Whitewater NZ's website.