Nestled in the heart of the North Island and dotted with 18 pristine lakes, three rivers and a multitude of streams, Rotorua is a place where natural wonders and angling excitement collide.
Top that off with abundant fishlife and a plethora of family-friendly activities, Rotorua stands as an irresistible destination for an unforgettable spring fishing escapade. And, with the fishing season opening on the 1st of October, now is the perfect time to get your gear ready, your fishing licenses sorted, and your Rotorua fishing guides and accommodation booked.
1. Lakes teeming with diversity
Rainbow and brown trout are just a couple examples of the thriving aquatic life waiting beneath the surface. Spring is the prime time to catch these species, as they become more active with the rising temperatures, making for an exciting and rewarding fishing experience for the whole family.
Seventeen of Rotorua’s 18 stunning lakes are accessible and offer distinct charm and angling opportunities. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tarawera (pictured above) to the tranquil shores of Lake Rotoiti, these lakes are home to an array of fish species ready to test your angling skills. Lake Rotorua has the highest catch rate, guaranteed, so if you’re keen to start strong, now you know where to go.
2. Family-friendly fishing excursionsOne of the best things about fishing in Rotorua is the opportunity to book family-friendly fishing excursions tailored to various skill levels. Knowledgeable local guides such as Cruise and Fish Rotorua operating on Lake Tarawera and Pure Cruise on Lake Rotoiti will lead you to the best spots and provide valuable insights into the art of angling, ensuring that every member of your family can cast a line with confidence. These guides don't just focus on fishing; they also enrich the experience with local history and culture, making the journey as educational as it is enjoyable.
If it’s fly fishing you’re after, local expert Julian Danby of Rotorua Trout Guide is your man.
3. Scenic beauty beyond compareSpring paints Rotorua in vibrant hues, transforming the landscape into a breath-taking masterpiece. The surrounding forests and lamb-dotted hills come alive, creating a stunning backdrop for all your escapades. Imagine casting your line into the shimmering waters of Lake Rotorua against the backdrop of lush forests. The scenery itself is reason enough to pack your bags and head to Rotorua.
4. Educational opportunities for young anglers
A family fishing trip to Rotorua is not just about catching fish; it's also an opportunity to teach your children about the wonders of nature and the importance of conservation. Engage young minds by explaining the delicate balance of ecosystems and the significance of responsible fishing practices. Rotorua’s guides often incorporate these lessons into their tours, providing an enriching experience that goes beyond a mere fishing adventure.
5. Adventure beyond fishingWhile fishing is undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to Rotorua, there’s more to explore here. Take your family on a journey to discover the region’s Māori heritage by visiting Te Puia, where you can witness geysers erupting and immerse yourselves in the Māori culture. The Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights offers a unique perspective as you stroll among towering trees on suspended bridges, providing a thrill for all ages. These diverse experiences ensure that every member of your family will have an unforgettable adventure.
6. Thermal delights and relaxation
Of course, Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal wonders, and no trip here would be complete without indulging in the region’s hot springs and spas. After a day of fishing, unwind in the healing waters in Polynesian Spa alongside Lake Rotorua, or the brand-new luxury Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa. The warm, mineral-rich waters will soothe your muscles and rejuvenate your spirits, leaving you ready for another day of angling adventures.
Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa is a family delight. Who wouldn’t fancy soaking in a steamy, natural, skin-soothing, outdoor, geothermal mud bath? Hell’s Gate is the only place in New Zealand where this is possible, so it’s a must-do when in Rotorua. Be sure to give yourself time to walk through the geothermal area as well, where you’ll see the largest mud volcano in the country, and the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
7. Family-friendly accommodationRotorua is not only famous for its fishing but also for its warm manaakitanga (hospitality). A wide range of family-friendly accommodation options are here to suit any preferences, from fun campgrounds and holiday parks, to cosy lakeside holiday homes, luxury lodges with panoramic views, and everything in between. Imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping and the tranquil waters just outside your window, ready to welcome your fishing adventures for the day.
For assistance finding the most suitable accommodation for your visit, our friendly experts at Rotorua isite Visitor Information Centre are here to help, at no charge to you.
8. Memories to last a lifetimeIn the heart of spring, Rotorua’s lakes mirror the rejuvenation of the season itself. A family fishing trip here is not just a vacation; it’s an opportunity to bond with your loved ones, create cherished memories, and instil a lifelong appreciation for nature. From the thrill of reeling in your first trout to the moments of awe-inspired silence in the presence of geothermal wonders, Rotorua promises an experience that will linger in your family’s hearts for years to come.
So, pack your gear, gather your loved ones, and set your sights on Rotorua for a springtime escape that will leave you hooked on its magic.