Fishing Locations and Access
The Wellington Region encompasses the area roughly from Waiouru, across to Norsewood and south to Cook Strait.
It includes four large river catchments: the Rangitikei, Manawatu, Ruamahanga, and Hutt which provide a very diverse range of opportunities for principally brown trout river fishing. The Rangitikei and Manawatu rivers have both significant brown and rainbow trout fisheries. The diversity of local angling opportunities ranges from spectacular wilderness backcountry streams in the Kaimanawa, Ruahine, or Tararua Forest Parks to highly productive rivers on the doorstep of urban centres of Wellington, Masterton, and Palmerston North.
Access in general is one of the key barriers to participation of anglers and hunters, especially when you want to explore new and different sites. Wellington Fish & Game have embarked on a project to improve access information, through production of a new series of information pamphlets and on the ground signage to denote angler access. In most situations we will be endeavouring to match up numbers on the access pamphlets to sign numbers on the ground-to confirm you are actually in the ‘right spot’.
Legal public access along many of the river and streams in the Wellington Fish & Game Region is often fragmented. There are several angler access pamphlets available that are a guide to show where anglers have unencumbered public access and where permission for landholders is required. These are provided for the main river systems and many of their tributaries. Public access is available over much of the lower Rangitikei downstream of the confluence with the Kauwhata but further upstream permission from landowners is generally required. On the Hutt River public access is readily available at various points downstream from the Akatarawa confluence.