70 km or about 50 minutes drive
50 km or about 30 minutes drive from Blenheim
A very scenic
river that flows through bush and open land to join the Pelorous
near Canvastown. The river is usually very clear and runs over
a bed of stones and gravel between banks covered with low vegetation
The Wakamarina provides good
habitat for large fish though due to its propensity to flood
in spectacular fashion at times does not hold a large number
of fish. It flows from the hills over a bed of gravel and
stones and stays relatively cool in its upper reaches throughout
the year. It is made up of long glides punctuated by rapids
and some deep pools that flow under vegetation covered banks.
Because of the water clarity, fish are easy to spot. Wading
is mostly possible though some areas have vegetation along
both banks making casting difficult. The one area that does
hold excellent numbers of fish is the kilomtre just above
the confluence with the Pelorus
up to and around the historic old Trout
Hotel at Canvastown.
Mostly brown trout in this river though there are some larger
rainbow trout. This is also a major spawning river for the
Pelorous river system and so the best time to fish it is either
early or very late in the season.
Fish numbers and size
fish are low but this is made up for by their average size which
is from 3-4lb (1.5 - 2kg)
Ease of fishing
Moderate to easy.
of the Wakamarina with the Pelerous can be reached on a small
access road opposite the small Canvastown settlement. The
middle reaches can be accessed by taking the Wakamarina Rd.
The headwaters require some walking along defined tracks though
the river is very small through this section. Some access
points for anglers are signposted.