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- Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
That's planning ahead! You'll have a ball. Make sure to pack a registered EPIRB just in case. Be firm and polite if you meet some Heli-anglers. Better to cut a deal and everyone stay slightly less happy than ruining your day completely. Kiwi anglers are generally pretty chill peeps.I’m planning four week on the SI for 2024, not too interested in helos as I’m in good shape so happy to hike and camp my way up to headwaters and it’s the adventure rather than just getting there for me, although the frustration of getting jumped by a helicopter half way through a 10hr hike is said to be horrendous!
We'll have a lot more pressure on the sensitive backcountry areas in 2024 so the search for clean water is important. The helicopter guys will tell you if anyone is in and fishing if you call them. They want the best for everyone too.