The middle section of the Pelorus has a
number of glides and rapids flowing over a stone and gravel
base. The middle section is easy to fish as it flows over
open farmland allowing good unrestricted casting.
The section around Pelorus Bridge can get
a number of swimmers making fishing frustrating during the
The middle reaches below Pelorus Bridge
are easy fishing as the river flows through open land over
a rock and gravel bed
Fish numbers and size
Numbers are very high especially in the
middle and lower reaches where fish average around 0.5 to
Above the Pelorus Bridge the Maungatapu
road follows the river for several kilometers with a few access
See the Upper
Pelorus map and access details.
Downstream from the Pelorus Bridge the
main Blenheim / Nelson Highway follows the river for many
kilometres and has several well signposted access points for
See the Lower
Pelorus map and access
Otherwise it is necessary to seek permission
from landowners to cross their properties as the river can
be some distance from the road.