Fishing Locations and Access

Fish & Game New Zealand’s Taranaki region offers a wide variety of freshwater fishing experiences in a scenic and uncrowded environment.

Even the most popular Taranaki fisheries have a low level of angling use by national standards.

Anglers can sight fish for brown trout in small streams on Mt. Taranaki, target the evening rise on large boulder-strewn rivers in the Ruapehu area, or go boat fishing on lakes near Whanganui.

Many trout fisheries have their source within the Egmont or Tongariro National Parks and good water quality provides the basis for the region’s trout fishing.

Taranaki ringplain waterways provide good sight fishing opportunities for large brown trout, particularly in the upper reaches of streams.

Rainbow trout fishing is also available at lakes Mangamahoe and Ratapiko and in the Waingongoro River between Eltham and the sea.

Whanganui has several lakes that provide fishing for perch and rainbow trout within a few minutes of the city. Ruapehu district rivers support some of the most productive fisheries in the region.

Below the map are sections on how to fish the Taranaki Ringplain, the Whanganui and Ruapehu fisheries.


Taranaki Fishing Spots