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Wild Trout Adventures

Gary Harlan

Gary Harlen, your Hawke’s Bay professional fly fishing guide enjoys show casing Hawke’s Bay rivers – increasingly becoming known by many of Gary’s clients, as New Zealand’s best kept secret.

An expert in fly fishing, Gary ensures each day is an action filled day - sighting, hooking and landing a number of the wild trout inhabiting these waters, with a 3 – 4lb average. Gary’s sighting ability is renowned, along with his knowledge, professional and relaxed approach, guaranteeing a memorable day. (Your guide Gary is a member of the NZPFGA)

Name Wild Trout Adventures
Contact Gary and Janice Harlen

1014 Plunket St


Contact details

Ph +64 06 878 8804
Mobile +64 027 657 1614



Please mention when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Wild Trout Adventures can take you to pools abundant with trout all in less than an hour's drive from Napier and Hastings. Some of the rivers and bac-country streams fished include the:

Tukituki River

Mohaka River

Waipawa River

Waipunga River

Tutaekuri River



Fishing options

With all packages, options for pick up and return times, length of time on the river, food preferences and desired fishing water, are discussed pre booking.

Note: A licence is an additional cost per client. Can advise  on enquiry, or visit

One day trips:
Fish the world famous Tukituki River, the wilder Mohaka River or one of our many other local rivers or tributaries. Snacks, picnic lunch and drinks. Cost: $650.00

Half day:  Morning, afternoon or evening fish. Snacks and drinks. Cost $400.00

Tuition:  Price on inquiry.

Guided trout fishing trips by raft

Multiday adventure packages
Customised to suit your requirements and experience, with the number of days and nights flexible. Catch the evening rise after a productive days fishing; savour a hearty dinner provided and cooked by your guide and stay in comfortable, relaxing accommodation close to the river. Price on enquiry


What's included
All trips are priced for one or two people and include:

  • Transfers from and to your local accommodation
  • Picnic lunches or snacks and drinks
  • All meals on multi-day adventures
  • All fishing equipment and gear included. (If you plan to bring your own gear, contact Gary for recommendations)
About your guides

Gary Harlen
Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association.

  • Specialises in dry fly-fishing, the pinnacle of trout fishing
  • Over 30 years knowledge and experience fly-fishing on Hawke’s Bay Rivers.
  • Possesses an extensive knowledge of trout behaviour, habitat and fly-fishing techniques; knowledge that invariably leads to a catch.
  • Offers tuition to school groups and local fishing club. Sponsors local charities and occasionally contributes articles to fishing magazines.
  • Is OSH certified - trained in CPR and first aid.
Client feedback

"With crystal clean, fast flowing waters and plentiful big trout, all you need is good weather to ensure a wonderful time. We went with Gary Harlen, who takes you to at least 4 different rivers (over 6 days) with lovely Maori names, such as the Ngaruroro, the Tuki Tuki, the Tutaekuri and the Waipawa. During the day, one encounters wild deer, wild turkeys, pheasants, geese, ducks, fantails, hawks, sea birds and of course, monster trout.. We saw trout, ranging from 8-12 lbs and hooked and hooked into a number of these.The ones we landed and released ranged from 3 lbs to 8 lbs. With tasty venison, lamb and fresh seafood, washed down with New Zealand Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, pleasant dreams and memories were ensured."
John    ( Australia)

"It has taken well over ten guided trips to New Zealand to find the best Fly - fishing Guide. Just minutes to the river each day! Gary is a great guide, companion and cook, master fish spotter and takes more time to advise on better skills, different techniques and local conditions. I came away with improved skills, more knowledge, my best fish, more confidence and a very strong desire to come back."

"I have fished with many guides throughout the world and have found Gary to be one of the best. His techniques of spotting and stalking Hawke's Bay large wild Brown and Rainbow Trout are something amazing. Gary's expertise and wealth of local knowledge guarantee you a most memorable day of fishing. Fly fishing with Gary is an unforgettable experience."
Ted Peterson, Maine, USA

"In my many years of fishing, I have yet to meet a guide with fish spotting ability like Gary. His nymphing techniques are a revelation...
He is the consummate professional in everything he does... and he is a great cook!"

Bob Higgins, skipper/owner of MV Reremoana, Lake Tarawera

Indicative costs
as at 1 Dec 2017

Daily guiding rate
NZ$650.00 GST inclusive
- Includes transfers from/to your local accommodation
- Includes picnic lunch, all equipment and gear if required
- Excludes fishing licence(s)
Maximum of two people per guide.
Multi-day adventure packages
From NZ$900.00 per day GST inclusive.
- Includes transport, accommodation, meals, gear, equipment and guiding
- Excludes fishing licence(s)

Maximum of two people per guide.



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