The owners Montrose supports an enhancement project together with New Zealand Fish and Game to protect the river systems fish stocks. The fish are born in Blackford stream, which is formed from the springs on Montrose and cascdes into the Rakaia River.
Many of the fish bred on Montrose are Chinok salmon. After 3 years at sea, the salmon return to the place where there were born and spawn into the stream. It's a magical experience to see them turn up the stream and follow their instincts; often just a meters away you can watch them in their natural environment. At the hatchery, we breed over 1,000,000 salmon, rainbow and brown trout annually which are released into the Rakaia River and surrounding alpine lakes - a small gift back to nature.
The 5 acre lake in front of your chalet can be likened to an open air aquarium filled with fish. You could try your luck fly fishing to hook the occasional brown trout or salmon which you can prepare for dinner with a nice bottle of NZ wine. On its river flats, Montrose has large paddocks where it keeps a variety of animals - sheep, cattle and deer. In December the hinds give birth to their fawns.
In autumn you may get lucky and see the impressive stags wandering across the foothills. Hear them roar in the distance with their large and impressive antlers. Our deer roan wild - just as nature intended.
Fish & Game
"Fish & Game considers Montrose a critical part of its strategy to maintain and enhance the trout and salmon fishery throughout North Canterbury. Without the ability to operate a hatchery in the pristine environment of the Upper Rakaia, the fishery would not enjoy the international reputation that it has.
The purity of the spring fed water coupled with a consistently stable temperature provides the ideal environment to operate a hatchery. The additional features of the large lakes on the property enable the hatchery to retain its trout broodstock for on-going use. The fact that there is a natural stream which links the property to the adjacent Rakaia River, means that returning salmon can be trapped and used for breeding – a vital part of the salmon hatchery operation
Fish & Game consider that the relationship with Montrose is a partnership and is hugely appreciative of both the financial and operational support which the owners have provided. Without this, the hatchery operation would not be sustainable."
Rod Cullinane - General Manager, North Canterbury Fish and Game Council