Fishing Locations and Access
The Eastern Region runs from Wairoa in the south, across to the Rangitaiki River headwaters and up through Huka Falls and Lake Maraetai on the Waikato River.
The region continues along the Kaimai ranges to finally reach its northern most point at the top of Tauranga Harbour. A huge range of fishing opportunities are available throughout the region.
Te Urewera National Park, in the east of the region, provides spectacular wilderness fishing in both lakes and rivers. Lake Waikaremoana has exceptional summer fisheries for brown trout along the shoreline and rainbow trout for boat anglers. Spawning runs in the autumn also provide opportunities for fly fishing in the later part of the season. World renowned wilderness fishing can be experienced in rivers such as the Ruakituri and the neighbouring Waiau River, which has one of the highest catch rates of these mountain rivers.
The Bay of Plenty has a large number of spectacular river fisheries from the Waioeka River in the east, through the Rangitaiki, Tarawera and Kaituna catchments to the Ngamuwahine River in the west. These rivers have excellent fly and spin-fishing only a few hours drive apart. Lakes such as Aniwhenua also provide excellent family fishing experiences and great shoreline fishing.
The Rotorua lakes are the region's central feature providing a diverse range of experiences. With 13 fishable lakes in the district, and four different trout species, there are a range of boat and shoreline fishing opportunities, enough to interest any angler. Both shoreline fly and spin fishing can be very successful, and the boat fishing over the summer provides action and fun for all the family.
Lake Rotorua has one of the highest catch rates of fish in New Zealand, with excellent boat and winter stream fishing for rainbows, while some monster browns entice those looking for larger fish. Lake Okareka also keeps anglers busy with high numbers of good quality trout catchable throughout the year. The trophy lakes - Tarawera, Otakaina and Rotoiti - regularly produce fish weighing over 5kg. Anglers wanting to get away from the crowds should find lakes Rotoma and Rotoehu to their liking. Lakes Rotomahana and Tikitapu also have their own special charm and local devotees, while Lake Rerewhakaaitu attracts shore-based anglers with good numbers of quality fish. The opportunity to catch tiger trout at Lake Rotoma, and brook char in Tikitapu, are an added bonus. Smaller lakes such as Okaro, Ngahewa and Ngapouri with secluded bays and rising trout attract the more adventurous who want to get off the beaten track.
Access & Signage Programme:
An intensive signage and tracking programme has been undertaken in conjunction with the Angler Access information brochures we have produced, to profile fishing areas throughout the region. Angler tracks have been created on more popular waterways like the Ngongotaha Stream and in the Rangitaiki catchment. We urge anglers to keep an eye out for our access signs throughout the region to take advantage of the great number of special areas that are available.
(New version 2013) All of the hot spots on and around Lake Rotorua including the tributary streams. Includes map showing trolling runs.
NEW version 2014. An overview of all of the regions lakes their access and how to fish. Includes map
“fishing for success”. Handy 8 page beginners guide to successful boat fishing for trout including jigging, the thermocline and lure selection.
Shows areas available to fishers during the winter season. With map.
NEW Version 2014, covers most of the main access points and tributaries. Includes map. Pdf 2.6Mb
covers the Wairoa catchment including Waiau, Waikaremaona, Ruakituri and Hangaroa rivers with map
Information on trout fishing around Tauranga, includes area map and Lake McLaren map
Covers most of the main access points and tributaries and fishing tips. Includes map.
This pamphlet covers the Waioeka River
That part of the Waikato that falls in the Eastern Fish and Game region. Access and fishing tips. Includes map.