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


Waikato comp Dylan with Dad Steven FarrarKilwell Lower Waikato River Trout Contest

Saturday to Saturday, October 6th to 13th 2018

Entry: Adults (18-plus) $35, Juniors (17 & under) $15

Fishing Area: Waikato River only from below Karapiro
Dam to Waikato Heads.

28 main prizes including heaviest rainbow and heaviest brown, a total of more than $6,000 in fishing packages.

To enter, go to Sweetman’s Reel Fishin’:

Or phone 07-8287 462, ask for Sharon or Margaret.



Kids fish out Ngongotaha2Has your kid caught their first fish? Here’s your chance to give your child this thrilling experience – with help from experts.

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. 

Kids fish out dates

Sunday 7th October 2018

Sunday 11th November 2018

Fish for Gold!Fish For Gold main Banner Sept18 2

Anglers are again being given the opportunity to ‘fish for gold’ at the start of the new trout season on October 1 – with prizes totalling nearly $18,000 up for grabs.

Fish & Game has unveiled details of the new 2018 Fish for Gold promotion, where anglers have the chance to catch trout carrying special orange-coloured tags – one of these being a prize of $10,000.

The event gets underway on Opening Day, Monday October 1, 2018, and runs for 14 days until Sunday October 14.

For information, click here


The region is holding children’s events at Lake Ngangana near Waitara and at Opunake Lake on October 27, and at the Scout den pool on the Patea River in the heart of Stratford on December 8.

Kids fish out dates

Saturday 27 October 2018

Saturday 8 December 2018

For more information click here, or email

South Island

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Take a Kid Fishing event is on Sunday 14th October 2018, 9am-1pm at the Childrens Fishing Lakes at the Groynes.


Take a Kid Fishing dates

Saturday 22nd September 2018 & Saturday 29th September 2018

For all you need to know about this event click here.

Central South Island

FGNZ CSI KidsFishingDay13A  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 2018 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 (2018). Fish & Game has reared 300 fish for the event, which were donated by Sanfords.