Fly Fishing with Dean Whaanga

Guiding the mid and lower South Island

Over 30 years fishing experience

Introducing Dean Whaanga - your Southland Fly Fishing Guide;

Dean Whaanga;

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Dean Whaanga - a southern legend!


Dean Whaanga, is an internationally recognised New Zealand fishing guide of the Otago/Southland/Fiordland regions.

He has fished a wide variety of waters throughout the South Island.

With over 30 years fishing experience he brings an intimate knowledge of the Fairlie, Mackenzie, Southland, Otago and Fiordland waterways to your trip.

He guarantees fishing, even when the weather is unkind.



Dean's playground Dean's main emphasis is client satisfaction and safety.

Whether you're a beginner or expert, Dean offers you the opportunity to experience a fishing trip of a lifetime. He can  provide for all your needs and specialises in fishing trips of two to twenty days always keeping in mind his client's fishing preferences and New Zealand's prevailing weather patterns.

Dean provides fly fishing tuition for rivers, lakes,still waters and streams.


Dean is a member of the NZPFGA and is endorsed by Orvis


The South Island of New Zealand is the pinnacle of New Zealand trout fishing.

As you will discover, the southern South Island has fly-fishing that is equal to or better than the best New Zealand has to offer


"I learned more about the trout than I have in 65 years of fishing, how I wish I had met you many years ago, you would have changed my whole fishing life..."             John Campbell



Dean Whaanga Fly Fishing' s headquarters are located in Riversdale, Southland


Where Dean and his partner Fiona have established the Mataura River Lodge, ideal lodgings from where to base your fishing adventure in New Zealand's beautiful South Island.


Fly Fishing Southland, Fiordland and north to Fairlie,

The Maniototo is a timeless land of peace and tranquillity, its vast open spaces demanding a slow and measured pace from the traveller. The visitor soon forgets the city life, as they absorb the sprawling vistas and the sense of history evoked by the goldfields of long ago.

With its ice-cold winters and dry hot summers, the Maniototo is a challenging place in which to live. But, with its well-kept pastures and winding roads seemingly leading to nowhere, many people have made this valley their home.


Vastly experienced, Dean's knownledge of the fishery is unrivaled, let him help you by sharing a lifetime of experience, ensuring your success!


"Dean provides a relaxed guiding service in the South Island of NZ. I have been guided by him on an annual basis for at least 8 years now and intend to keep doing so until I pop my clogs.
He has an incredible ability to spot fish in the rivers and streams that we visit. His knowledge regarding fishing is vast and he shares it generously.

The after fishing socialising and post mortems are good fun too as well as being instructive. In short, being guided by Dean is a fantastic way to recharge one's batteries in the splendour of the rural and wilderness areas of New Zealand."
Nigel Harwood
Dunedin NZ


"Dean is the most knowledgeable, conscientious, and understanding Guide I have ever fished with. His spotting ability is amazing."
Logan and Doe Schirmer


"Dean has been a great fishing guide for me for the past 9 years"
Robert Main


"We look forward to many more "priceless" moments with you over the coming years. Your fishing buddies."
Nubs and Carol Fratt, Oro Valley, Arizona.


"When you fish with Dean Whaanga, you become so immersed into the area and culture that you begin to believe that you live there, not just visiting."
Kay L Kontour


"The spectacular rivers, scenery and tremendous fish that I caught made for a wonderful experience. Thanks so very much."


"We will be returning in 2 years and I will look forward to seeing you and fishing with you again. I will recommend you to anyone I meet planning a trip to NZ, all the best."


Contact Dean today, and start planning your trip of a lifetime;


Mobile:   027 491 2585

Dean Whaanga Fly Fishing

Mataura River Lodge


New Zealand.

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