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.

Rotorua Trout Season 2021 Review
January 2022

Dion James reflects on the freshwater season that’s been, before taking a look at what spring and summer might have in store for us…... Read More >

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 >

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 >

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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Railblaza Spooling Tool Review
May 2022

RailBlaza is a Kiwi company that has always been about innovation, especially around making fishing and boating an easier experience.... Read More >

Early Morning Landbased Fishing
May 2022

For landbased fisherman Peter Hwang, there is no better time to fish than first light... Read More >

Fishing Tips - Things NOT To Do!
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Grant Bittle suggests there are innumerable spoken and unspoken nuances in our beloved fishing and has outlined some of his ‘favourite’ angling niggles and their perpetrators.... Read More >

Kingfisher 510 Minicats: Stable, Spacious & Capable
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First impressions are important, and lasting. When NZ Fishing News’ Grant Dixon first stepped aboard the Kingfisher 510 Minicat, there were two words that sprung to... Read More >

Soft-baiting Profiles - Which One Are You?
May 2022

With any fishing method, a lot of trial and error is usually required before consistent results are achieved. Adam Clancey looks at the stages of soft-baiting,... Read More >