Rotorua

Fishing the Rotorua Region

The Central Plateau of the North Island of New Zealand is well endowed with lakes and rivers. None more so than the area surrounding the town of Rotorua. Some 13 lakes and 5 rivers, all holding rainbow and/or brown trout, are within 40 minutes drive from the centre of town.

Trout fishing - Lake Tarawera
October 2014

As winter approaches, I get quite excited about the fishing that will be available over the next few months.... Read More >

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About Rotorua

Fishing Rotorua The Central Plateau of the North Island of New Zealand is well endowed with lakes and rivers. None more so than the area surrounding... Read More >

Lake Tarawera - fishing spots and best times to fish
December 2009

The Rotorua region boasts an impressive thirteen lakes, but Lake Tarawera is considered by many to be the best of them all..... Read More >

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Guide to Lake Rotoiti
October 2009

Mark Sherburn gives a guide to Lake Rotoiti’s fishing year... Read More >

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The Ngongataha Experience
November 2000

Upon looking back, there was no indicator and as I lifted the rod firmly the line suddenly came tight as the fish took off in the... Read More >

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Latest Articles

Catch Black Label Livies Review
October 2021

Deputy Editor Ethan Neville headed to the Far North with Catch Fishing owner John Donald to check out the brand new Black Label Livies soft-baits, and... Read More >

How to Dry Age Fish
October 2021

Bea Bagnall shares her method for dry aging fish & a delicious recipe for Creamy Lemon Snapper Fettuccine... Read More >

Hooks for Whole Fish and Strip Baits
October 2021

Mark Kitteridge discusses some hook options when using bait to target table fish, and also walks us through how to rig up basic dropper/ledger rigs.... Read More >

Why you need to check and clean your boat and gear
October 2021

From berthage to engine maintenance. Safety equipment to navigation. Food, water, and everything in between. If you’ve got a boat, there is a lot to think... Read More >

A Tribute to Trevally
October 2021

Trevally, in the opinion of Hayden Speed, are one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound in the ocean. Hayden loves to target trevally and as... Read More >