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World Famous Trout Fishery

The Ruakituri river offers approximately 70 kilometres of arguably the best rainbow and brown trout fishing in the world. There is no stocking and trout are completely wild, which when combined with the rugged river environment they live in, makes for world class fly fishing at its best.

The Ruakituri is an internationally renowned trout fishery. Unmatched scenic beauty, large stretches of fishable water and the chance to catch magnificent trophy trout are all features of the river. The Ruakituri River has its source in the Te Urewera National Park on the eastern slopes of the Huiarau Range. The river flows in a south easterly direction for 70 kilometres before joining with the Hangaroa River at Te Reinga. Both Rainbow and Brown trout are present however only rainbow trout are found in the headwaters above the Waitangi Falls.

Trout range in size from 2.5lb up to 7lb in the lower and middle reaches and average around 4.5lb. In the upper reaches trout range from 4lb up to 11lb and average 5lb


The river and its tributaries are open to fishing from 1st October until 30th June each year and only fly fishing is permitted throughout the river system. The daily bag limit is 8 trout below the Waitangi falls and 2 trout in the upper Ruakituri above the Waitangi falls. Below the Waitangi Falls the minimum size limit is 30cm. The upper Ruakituri River also has a slotted size limit to protect the trophy status of the fishery with only trout between 30 to 60cm in length which may be taken.

To protect this fantastic fishery we recommend that all anglers refrain from taking fish and practice catch and release. There is no doubt that this is a world class wild trout fishery and visiting anglers should protect it for future generations! Trout fishing guiding can be arranged but prior notice needs to be provided so bookings can be made well in advance.


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