Welcome to The Canterbury Angler’s Club

The Canterbury Angler’s Club has been catering for fishing activities in Canterbury since 1949. Our members participate in all forms of fishing including:

• Traditional trout and salmon – fly, spinning and lure fishing.
• Trolling and harling from boats.
• Surfcasting.
• Boat fishing at sea.
• Coarse fishing.

We are very focussed on involving family members, with concessions for family membership. We run a number of events that target both junior and family involvement.

Club Meetings

The Canterbury Anglers Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November) at 7.30 p.m. at the Waimairi Lions Club, 338 Avonhead Road, Avonhead, Christchurch 8042 (the cricket club/ tennis club entrance). Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Meetings usually feature a guest speaker, plus items from Club Members and cover topics related to all forms of fresh and saltwater fishing. Fly tying and rod building has also been featured.  A light supper is provided. We generally try to finish with a “how to” and “where to” go fishing session, useful for new and existing members alike.

Our August meeting features an auction of fishing, camping and general items and is used to raise funds for the Club’s hut maintenance and development programme. Items in the auction are generously donated by a number of commercial and retail firms plus donations of superfluous equipment by Club Members.

Club Huts

The Club owns three huts situated at Cass, Lake Clearwater and at the South Rakaia Huts settlement.  These facilities are all located close to noteworthy fishing spots. The huts are warm and comfortable, and are of a standard suitable for families as well as to fishing parties. Rental is to members only (but the member may include non-members in the party). Rental starts at $20.00 per night per adult or $50 per night to book the whole hut out. There are concessional rental rates for children and family parties.

Cass Hut.  – 1 double bed and 7 singles  $20 per night or $50 for total book out

Lake Clearwater. –   1 double bed and 7 singles  $ 20 per night or $50 for total book out

Rakaia River Mouth  –  2 double beds and 3 singles plus pull out double in lounge  $20 per night or  $100 per night total book out

Social Conscience

Canterbury Anglers’ have long been involved in conservation issues. The Club at present is involved in: Guardians of the Styx, the Cam River Working Party, and the review of Marine fishing regulations. The Club is keeping a watching brief on the proposals that are being promoted by Central Plains Water, to develop an irrigation scheme taking water from the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers, and the recent proposal to dam the Upper Hurunui River. Club Members are also proud of their involvement with stream enhancement programes.

In the past a number of our members have been elected to the council of North Canterbury Fish & Game.


The Club publishes a monthly newsletter (except for December & January) which summarizes guest speakers’ talks, contains notes on contentious issues, reviews Club trips and includes original items by Club Members.

“Warwick Burton with a fresh run salmon at the Rakaia Mouth”