Waitomo & Kawhia
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The limestone rock that creates the world-famous Waitomo caves also provides the Waitomo District with some outstanding trout rivers. Here you will find a variety of trout fishing opportunities in rivers that flow through the dramatic limestone landscapes that are unique to this district. Some Waitomo rivers provide ideal fishing waters for the novice angler with good access and clear banks, and high trout populations. Other rivers are less accessible but they provide a classic backcountry fishing experience for the more energetic angler.
While many of these waters can be fished on a day trip from Hamilton, there are camping sites alongside most rivers. Motel and backpacker accommodation is available in Te Kuiti and at Waitomo Village.
Also described in this pamphlet are two rivers that flow into Kawhia Harbour. Both rivers hold low trout populations but they are attractive rivers to fish especially for anglers looking for new waters to explore.
For current angling regulations please check the “Sports Fishing Guide”, provided free when you purchase a fishing licence.
In this section:
Upper Rivers & Streams
Oparau River An attractive small river that meanders across open farmland with an extensive length of fishable water that is especially...