The Rotorua Lakes District is a fisher’s paradise for anyone keen to hook a prize rainbow or brown trout from one of our 13 fishable lakes, and several rivers and streams.
According to New Zealand Fishing World, some of the biggest wild fish to be found in the country are in two of Rotorua's little city streams, and “will test the ability of the very best anglers on the planet.”
Fully licensed guides and vessels will take you to their favourite spots, or you can go it alone (but then who will be your witness of the one that got away?).
Ngongotaha Trout Hatchery is perfect for families. Admission is only $3 per child and they're 100% guaranteed to land a fish!
If you’re up for better fishing stories, take things up a notch by getting delivered by helicopter into the middle of nowhere to a remote river that’s nearly impossible to reach any other way.
Fish & Game Eastern Region manages the trout fishery of the region including the world-famous Rotorua lakes.
Cruise and Fish Rotorua offers boat charters and fly fishing from Rotorua. The cruise and fish charter option is on Lake Tarawera or fly fish other lakes, rivers and streams around the region. Check out the options for a great time to remember while in Rotorua.
One of the smaller lakes in the Rotorua region, Lake Ōkāreka remains off the beaten path, tucked away off the main road accessing lakes Tikitapu and Tarawera.
Lake Rotoiti is one of the three largest lakes in the Rotorua region. Surrounded by lush native bush, it also features glow worm caves and a secluded hot pool complex.
Lake Tikitapu, affectionately known as Blue Lake, is a local favourite and well known to regular visitors to Rotorua.
One of the largest lakes in New Zealand, the picturesque Lake Tarawera (meaning ‘burnt spear’), is a firm favourite with boaties, and famous for the size and condition of its rainbow trout.