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. 

Kids fish out dates

Sunday 9th September 2018

Sunday 7th October 2018

Sunday 11th November 2018


This year’s first two ‘take a kid trout fishing’ events will be held on Saturday, October 27, at Opunake Lake and at Lake Ngangana near Waitara.

The Opunake event is being run by the Opunake Surfcasting & Angling Club in conjunction with Fish & Game NZ, Elite Farm Solutions, RD1/Farm Source, More FM, 4Square 45 and Collins Sports Centre. 

The Lake Ngangana event is being run by the Inglewood Rod, Gun & Recreation Club. Children will also be able to fish for 250 good-sized rainbow trout corralled in a holding net. Lake Ngangana is located at the end of Joll Street next to the Taranaki Kart Club track.

You must pre-book - for further information click here

Or contact Allen Stancliff, Fish and Game Officer

Mob: 027- 263 9152

South Island

North Canterbury

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


Beginner Adults Fishing Classes

Two hour theory class, evenings of Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th September

1.5hrs fishing at the Southern Reservoir, Saturday 8th September

Take a Kid Fishing dates

Saturday 22nd & Saturday 29th September 2018

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

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.