Alan Baxter has been running this unique cruise for 18 years. After many years of fishing holidays in Wanaka, he moved to the iconic fishing spot in 1999 to operate a fish and cruise business on the lake. 18 years later and many satisfied clients of all ages from all corners of the world – and that passion is still there.
The cruise includes fly fishing, trolling or spinning, exploring the islands, the bush and beaches. Winter, spring, summer or autumn, Lake Wanaka is a magic part of the country to explore and enjoy. They supply all equipment needed for fishing, including sunscreen onboard for those hot summer days.
If you are taking a scenic walk, ensure to bring good walking footwear and a jacket for those cooler days. Wear warm clothing for winter fishing trips. Tea & coffee is also included onboard plus muffins & biscuits. Most importantly... don't forget your camera!
I've been waiting for 30 years for a trophy like this... what an amazing week hunting! We flew in to Queenstown and the scenery was to die for! To be greeted at the airport with open arms by Simon and his team David and Richard from Cardrona Outfitters was an amazing start. We then climbed in the truck and headed off, heading over the Crown Range to the Cardrona Valley was like flying in the mountains all over again! After settling in at the lodge it felt like a home away from home. That evening we started to hunt fallow deer in the hills of the Cardrona Valley, this included a lot of glassing but it was all worth it to harvest this beautiful buck just before dark. It was then back to Simon's lodge to be fed like a king!
Day two... I hunted my number one trophy - a bull elk! We found an amazing bull just on dark but it was too risky to take the shot.
Day three… Our plan came together and I took this amazing bull elk! 410 inches of antler - it was worth waiting for! Not only do I have some amazing trophies but I had the hunt and holiday of a life time! I also have some new friends - I'll be returning next season to hunt with Simon and Richard and the team at Cardrona Outfitters!