Notable Waters: Tongariro and Waitahanui Rivers

This expansive crater lake, together with its inflowing streams is one of the world’s most outstanding trout fisheries.

The Taupo fishery is an exclusive zone administered by the Department of Conservation and anglers require a special licence to fish here.

The fishery includes Lake Taupo and all the rivers and streams flowing into the lake as well as Lakes Otamangakau, Rotoaira, Karutau and Moawhango and the Waikato River down to Huka Falls. Fishing methods tend to reflect seasonal patterns here. Lake trolling and river mouth fly-fishing are the norm in spring and summer. By mid-summer warmer water drives the trout deeper and downriggers and lead lines are needed. When spawning migrations begin in autumn, anglers revert to fly fishing in the rivers with weighted flies, and this river running bonanza continues to September.

The Tongariro is a world-famous river, where trout lurk in deep water pools, hugging the shadows and eyeing the surface eddies for passing flies and nymphs. Some of these pools are now the stuff of legends. The Major Jones, Red Hut, and Hydro pools are classic fishing spots with well-earned reputations.

Turangi township, situated on the Tongariro River, proclaims itself as the ‘Trout Fishing Capital of the World’. The town has excellent fishing lodges with facilities for cleaning, smoking, freezing and vacuum packing. Restaurants will cook your trout catches for dinner. The Tongariro Trout Hatchery is just south of the town and has a public underwater viewing chamber.

The Waitahanui is so popular that the solid wall of regular anglers at the river mouth is known colloquially as ‘The Picket Fence’. The Hinemaiaia stream (also known as the Hatepe) bustles down through heavy undergrowth and requires skilful nymphing to lure these vigorous fighting fish and ‘strike gold’. The Tauranga-Taupo River fish respond well to either nymph or fly lures and especially dry flies in summer when post-spawning fish become avid feeders.

Guided fly-fishing and lake trolling trips can be arranged with a number of professional guides in Taupo, Turangi and Poronui Station. Heli fishing and 4WD trips to remote wilderness rivers such as the Mohaka, Ngaruroro, Rangitikei and Ripia are also available.

Freshwater Fisheries: Information on Rivers, Lakes, Ponds & Reservoirs

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Southland

    Notable Waters: Mataura and Oreti Rivers - This region encompassing Fiordland and Southland has a deserved worldwide reputation as one of New Zealand’s premier brown trout fisheries.

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    Otago

    Notable Waters: Clutha and Hunter Rivers - This region extends from the Shag River down to The Catlins and inland to the Mt Aspiring National Park. It offers some of the best trout and salmon angling experiences to be found in New Zealand.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Central South Island

    Notable Waters: Rangitata and Opihi Rivers - The Central region extends from the Rakaia River down to Moeraki and contains renowned chinook salmon, brown and rainbow trout fisheries.

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    West Coast

    Notable Waters: Karamea and Hokitika Rivers - This region extends some 800 kms from Karamea to Haast covering 2 million hectares of pristine wilderness.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    North Canterbury

    Notable Waters: Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers - This outstanding sports fishing region extends from the Waiau River in the north to the Rakaia River south of Christchurch.

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    Nelson – Marlborough

    Notable Waters: Motueka and Buller Rivers - This region boasts the sunniest climate in New Zealand and also some of the best brown trout fishing rivers in the South Island.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Taupo

    Notable Waters: Tongariro and Waitahanui Rivers - This expansive crater lake, together with its inflowing streams is one of the world’s most outstanding trout fisheries.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Wellington

    Notable Waters: Hutt and Rangitikei Rivers - Our capital city is built on a magnificent harbour surrounded by the rugged Rimutaka and Tararua mountain ranges. These ranges spawn gushing river torrents that spill out onto the plains as very productive freshwater fisheries.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Hawke’s Bay

    Notable Waters: Lake Tutira and the Tukituki River - This sun-drenched region embraces a number of significant rivers flowing east from the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Ranges.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Taranaki

    Notable Waters: Waingongoro and Manganuioteao Rivers - Taranaki offers a wide diversity of fishing experiences on pleasant streams and lakes that have virtually no angling pressure.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Eastern Region

    Notable Waters: Lake Tarawera and Ruakituri River - This vast region extends from Tauranga Harbour down to Huka Falls on the Waikato River and across to Wairoa and Gisborne.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Auckland – Waikato

    Notable Waters: Waipa and Whakapapa Rivers - This fascinating region includes the Coromandel Peninsula and King Country districts and offers a huge diversity of natural lake, hydro lake, river and remote stream fisheries. There is enough variety and challenge here to satisfy the most discerning angler.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Northland

    Notable Waters: Kai Iwi Lakes, Waipapa River - New Zealand’s most northerly trout fishing region extends from Wellsford to Cape Reinga and embraces an area of scenic beauty and rich colonial history.

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    Angler's regional guide to enable you to plan a great fishing holiday itinerary. Our trout and salmon fisheries are rated among the best in the world. Every year thousands of Kiwis and overseas visitors experience the wonderful angling opportunities afforded by our pristine lakes, rivers and streams.

  • New Zealand Freshwater Fisheries

    Freshwater Fisheries

    New Zealand is a freshwater angler’s dream location. Our trout and salmon fisheries are rated among the best in the world. Every year thousands of Kiwis and overseas visitors experience the wonderful angling opportunities afforded by our pristine lakes, rivers and streams.

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