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.


Tokoroa Take a Kid Fishing Competition

To be held at Lake Moana Nui November 2 to 4th. 

Lake Moana Nui is stocked by Fish & Game annually and it’s a great place for kids to fish with good walkways and playground equipment next to the lake. 

Kids can enter the competition at the lake on the day. You don’t have to attend all three days, the prize-giving is worth attending. 

For more information contact Cath MacPherson on 07-8867059, or 027-5034486, or check out the Tokoroa Sports Fishing Club's Facebook page.

Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game would like to thank Pure Fishing NZ for kindly supporting this event.


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

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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


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

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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 variety of take a kid fishing (TAKF) activities and competitions are being run by clubs and groups.

6 October                    Glenorchy Fishing Competition

2-3 November             Lake Hawea Hotel Fishing Competition

11 November              Lake Dunstan Family Fishing Competition

18 November              Upper Clutha Anglers TAKF at Lake Hawea

Late November           Lakes and Coastal Fishing Club TAKF, Lake Tewa Queenstown 

For information, contact or phone 03-4779076.


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.