Located in the central North Island, the spiritual home of many NZ Maori, with many geysers and mud pools.
Rotorua is the home of Te Arawa Maori, offering genuine warmth of welcome and manaakitanga (hospitality) to all those interested in their culture. Rotorua is blessed with a huge variety of geothermal activity including being use by maori for cooking. Also home to Mount Tarawera which erupted recently (1886) covering much of the local area in lava.
Rotorua is blessed with 11 stunning lakes and 3 major river systems. The trout fishing in this area is legendary. A number of professional guides and charters will put you on the spot.
Lake Rotoiti, as one of the group of Rotorua lakes, is long and deep. Steep sheltering cliffs covered with native bush belie a colourful past. Early Kauri logging still show with the occasional dam remnants. The fishing season starts October 1 and you can catch by trolling, harling, jigging and fly. Some impressive fish here in plentiful numbers. Consistently stocked and managed by Eastern Fish&Game.
Lake Rotorua is the largest of the Rotorua lakes and provides anglers with excellent trout, both Rainbow and Brown, throughout the year. There are a number of options for chartering, and also a old world paddle steamer for those merely after a gentle cruise, out to Mokoia Island, a place of significant Maori folklore. Consistently stocked and managed by Eastern Fish&Game.
Lake Okataina is largely uninhabited with only one launch ramp and adjacent Okataina Lodge. Prolific large fish, caught in the early morning and at dusk, generally better in calm conditions. Consistently stocked and managed by Eastern Fish&Game.
Fished here many times since childhood. Like most lakes it’s about the time of day, generally early morning of late afternoon. Jigging quite successful over at Whitecliffs although trolling the inlets early evening can also yield substantial fish of good condition. Consistently stocked and managed by Eastern Fish&Game.