Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition

2022 Competition update:

In line with other big events and due to uncertainty of being in Orange level re Covid 19, number of people allowed in the hall and sponsors finding it difficult to bring products into the country. It is with much heartfelt the decision has been made to postpone the Rakaia River Fishing Competition for 2022.


However we will be running a photo competition on our Facebook starting tomorrow and ending on the 27th February 2022. Three categories with each categories prizes been a free entry into our 2023 fishing competition.

Rakaia River Fishing Promotions have been running a salmon fishing competition since 1983 which makes us the most successful fresh water fishing competition and the only salmon fishing competition in New Zealand

Category One First Prize


Murray Smith of Ashburton

Cheque and Online Banking Entry Forms Available.

Sponsors for 2021 Fishing Competition

Airborne Honey

Amazing Baits

Arthur Cates

Ashby & Co

Ashburton Hunting and Fishing

Ballingers Hunting & Fishing


Bern Sports

Boag’s Contracting

Brittian & Wynyard (Coleman and Diawa)

Canterbury Lure Fishing Club

Canterbury Motorcycles, Rakaia

Charles Takeaways (M Robson)

Composit Developments

Cridge Seeds

Farmlands Co-operative

Fishermans Loft

FMG Insurance

Gray Engineering

Goldpine Industries

Gould Motorcycles Timaru & Suzuki NZ

Gulf Oil

Harveys Bakehouse

Keig Brothers Plasterers

Ken & Sue Lee

Konnect Fastening Systems

Mary Hood

Mid Canterbury Freight

Millwood Nursery

Mountain River Venison

New World Rolleston

Nth Canterbury Fish & Game

North Canterbury Hunting & Fishing

Noel Leeming Moorehouse Ave

Noel Leeming Northlands

NZ Lifestyles & Motorcycles

NZ Camera, the Hub, Hornby

Outdoor Access

Outdoor Adventure Sports

PGG Wrightson Rakaia

Philip Wareing

Pluck’s Engineering


Railway Tavern, Rakaia

Rakaia Automotive

Rakaia Hair Studio

Rakaia Four Square

Rakaia Health, Post & Photo

Rakaia Mobil

Rakaia River Fishing PromotionsRakaia River Holiday Park

Rakaia Service Centre

Rakaia Motor Cycle Service Centre

Rosco Auto Dismantlers

Ross McDonald Electrical  Ruralco

Salmon Tales

(Shimano) Douglas Johnson & Co


Spark Business Canterbury

St Ita’s Guest House, Rakaia

Street Insurance

South Rakaia Hotel

Templeton Butchery

TePirita Hedge Trimming &Contracting Ltd

Thirsty Liquor Rakaia


Traeger BBQ – Sportive NZ Ltd

Wide Span Sheds

Wired Automotive Ltd

Wondercast Fishing Tackle


Win a Prize to the Value of $1,000, Just enter before Friday the 7th February.

The competition has grown from something that was very competitive to something that is more participative. This means that you do not need to be the best fisherman to win a prize just participating is enough and our aim is for all to enjoy themselves regardless of ability. The major prize is in fact a draw among all the competitors all you have to do is be present to claim it at the prizegiving.

2020 Prize Winners.

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The original intention

Originally the intention of the local businesses that were the instigators was to promote and grow their businesses, but over time our focus has moved to helping defend our precious river and its fishery from demise. There are numerous threats such as intensified agriculture, human and natural interference in the ocean environment and climate change. Some we can do something about others not – but we have to try.