Angling events 2018-19

Events including childrens' fishing days are held by Fish & Game across New Zealand to support and encourage fishing participation. See below for current event information.

North Island


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Fish & Game’s ‘kids fish out’ days are on again.

This fun opportunity is run by the Rotorua Anglers Association who show children six to 14 years of age how to catch a fish. The fish out days are held at a special pond at Fish & Game’s Ngongotaha hatchery in Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua.

The days are so popular that pre-booking is essential!

Click here for more information. 

Click here to book for the October event

Beginner's guide to boat fishing

Eastern Fish & Game staff will be running a free boat fishing talk at Lake Tarawera this summer.

The talk is designed to cover the basics of successful boat fishing for trout and allow an insight into the trout, its habits and habitats, food and the seasonal changes that affect its behavior.

It's a no nonsense, non-technical talk and best of all it's totally free – just turn up and find yourself a spot at Stoney Point (a foldout chair, hat, sun screen and drink might be handy if hot, raincoat if it’s wet).

Start Time: 10am, all welcome, no bookings required!
Duration: about 2 hours
More information: contact: Mark Sherburn, 021- 244 1774, 07 357 5501

Kids fish out dates

Sunday 11th November 2018


This year’s first take a kid trout fishing event will be held on Saturday October 27 at Lake Ngangana, which is located adjacent to the Taranaki Kart Club track near Waitara.

This event is being run with help from the Inglewood Rod, Gun & Recreation Club and children will be able to fish for 250 good-sized rainbow trout corralled in a holding net. 

To reduce waiting times, anglers are asked to book a 15 minute time-slot by visiting or phoning the Taranaki Hunting & Fishing store in Ocean View Parade, Moturoa (06 757 2255).

A release of 250 two year-old rainbow trout will also be made into Opunake Lake in late October, but there will be no organised event this year.

The final kids’ trout fishing day will be held on Saturday December 15 at the Scout Den pool in Stratford’s King Edward Park.

Kids fish out dates

Saturday 27 October 2018

Saturday 15 December 2018

For more information click here, or email

South Island

North Canterbury

Take a Kid Fishing event is on Sunday 14th October, 9am-1pm at the Childrens Fishing Lakes at the Groynes.

Central South Island

A  kids fish out day is planned for Loch Cameron in early November, dates to be confirmed.


There will be a series of events in the region starting in November and running through into the new year to finish in autumn 2019.


A childrens' fishing event will be held at McGregor Pond,  Te Anau, on the Friday afternoon and Saturday of Labour Weekend. Fish & Game has reared 300 fish for the event, which were donated by Sanfords.