Waitomo & Kawhia
The Marokopa is a relatively remote west coast river that is divided into two fisheries by the impressive Marokopa Falls. Below the falls there is about 3km of fishing, probably best suited for spin fishing. Above the falls there is about 10km of productive water. Both rainbow and brown trout are present. Access is from Te Anga Road via Waitomo Caves Road.
The Tawarau River enters the Marokopa River just below the Marokopa Falls. This river is remote with foot access only to the upper and middle reaches. The scenery is very impressive as the river has boulders, pools and rapids and flows through deep limestone gorges and dense forests. There is a good track alongside the river, and several suitable camping sites for a weekend trip. An upper tributary, the Mangaohae Stream is popular with local anglers.
A tributary of the Mokau River, the Mangaotaki River holds both rainbows and browns. Spin fishing is the most popular method but the upper reaches also holds good fly fishing waters. Access is off the Te Kuiti/New Plymouth highway or off the Upper Mangaotaki Road.
Entering the sea just south of Marokopa, the Awakino River is a picturesque river of rapids, boulders and native bush. Access to the river is excellent with SH3 running beside the lower reaches for 15km. Access to the middle reaches is via Gribbon Road, which runs parallel to the river for 8km. This section of the river above the bridge at Mahoenui is designated fly fishing only. Access to the upper reaches is via a DoC track from the end of Gribbon Road.