Ohinemuri river

Ohinemuri river

A major tributary to the Waihou. Drains from Kaimai- Mamaku and Coromandel ranges. The Ohinemuri river system offers great fishing opportunities with excellent access.

Local Knowledge

Great access and options are the richness of the Ohinemuri system. Draining the hills surrounding the town with a 'heart of gold', following SH2 through the rich mining history of the Karangahake gorge to Paeroa where not far away it meets the Waihou river. Reasonable populations of both rainbow and brown trout and a few interesting tributaries will keep an angler busy exploring away from the main system. Find current river flow info HERE

Be sure to get some ideas and view some of the attractive water to explore in the clips below.


Fishing tips by Rob Vaz

Autumn / May

  • This is a great system to fish with many options and is easily accessible.  Be prepared to see many campers, trampers, mountain bikers and the odd other angler. Give respect and space to all other members of the public and water users.

  • During these warmer months, if the algae growth is forever catching your nymphs, shorten the leader or just fish a dry fly only.

  • There are some seriously deep dark pools, be prepared to fish blind with a heavy bomb nymph. 

  • The upper reaches and tributaries flow over a lot of private land and working farms. Do the right thing, ask permission for access to some great water

  • The DOC camp at Dickies Flat is a great base. Central to most waters. Take a headlamp if walking downstream through the tunnel and check out the glow worms!

  • This is an awesome river to fish while other non-fishing members of your party explore the old gold mine tunnels, swing bridges, biking trails and some excellent places to eat and dine.

  • After a days fishing, catch a feed and cold drink at the Waikino Tavern, be prepared to travel back in time with local history and enjoy some great hospitality. https://www.waikinohotel.nz/

  • A mountain bike ridden through the Karangahake Gorge can open up access to a lot more water a lot faster than walking. There is a great track running all the way up to the town of Waihi

  • If short of time or wanting best fishing results. These best sections can be tricky to find and fish well without experienced local knowledge. Book a Pro Guide. New Zealand guides have fished these waters for years and will up your chances into success while offering a great Kiwi experience.

Pro Guides

Rob Fish Fly Fishing New Zealand

Rob Vaz

Auckland/Waikato Auckland/Waikato
Your Kiwi born fly fishing guide Rob Vaz is a mad keen angler based in the Central North Island. Guiding from Rotorua, Waikato and King Country, Turangi, Taupo regions. Rob offers not just a days guiding but an angling experience not to be forgotten, with plenty of humor and tuition when throwing the fly. Rob has over 20 years experience guiding in New Zealand. Rob has represented New Zealand competitively for over 15 years. Following success as the 2003 national fly fishing champion, Rob progressed to represent his country in two world championships in Slovakia and Slovenia and competed in Commonwealth and Oceania championships in Scotland, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Lodges

Manawa Ridge Luxury Eco Retreat

Manawa Ridge Luxury Eco Retreat is an artistic balance of recycled beams, mud brick, and straw bale walls which provide the housing for a luxury lodge filled with indulgent delights destine to please. The creation of hosts Willem and Carla van de Veen, Manawa Ridge offers the experience of a luxury lodge like no other in New Zealand. Perched on a hilltop on New Zealand’s Coromandel, the luxury lodge offers spectacular 360-degree views over Waihi Beach, the Pacific Ocean and Coromandel Coast. The hand-built eco-lodge offers breath-taking views from every room where guests will feel relaxed and inspired in equal measure.

http://www.manawaridge.co.nz/

Tackle Shops

Experiences

Waihi Bicycle Hire

Visiting the Ohinemuri river and want a bike to explore further and faster? From Bike Hire, Shuttle Services, and Tours, Waihi Bicycle Hire has everything you need to discover Waihi and Waihi Beach, plus experience the Hauraki Rail Trail. Take a leisurely cruise around the Martha Gold Mine Pit Rim Trail, explore the Old Reservoir Track at the Beach or ride to Anzac Bay with your family. Or ride the popular Hauraki Rail Trail from Waihi to the spectacular Karangahake Gorge and beyond - we can pick you up from your final destination to make your logistics easy. We have a great range of well-maintained e-Bikes, Avanti Discovery comfort bikes and regular mountain bikes which are all perfectly suited to the local rides. We also have trailers (for 0-3 year olds), or tag-alongs (for 4-6 year olds)..

https://www.waihibicyclehire.co.nz/about

Goldfields Heritage Railway

A perfect family distraction while someone wants to fish for a couple hours. Goldfields Railway Incorporated was established in 1980 to preserve the rail heritage of the area. Since then it has grown to operate a popular tourist railway between Waihi and Waikino and caters for families, kids - young or old - and groups.

https://www.waihirail.co.nz/

Karangahake Winery Estate

Located in a fantastic location for family adventures exploring or flyfishing for days of water within a short stroll. Boutique grape and fruit winery and fine dining restaurant nestled above the Ohinemuri River in the Karangahake Gorge.

http://forbiddenfruitwine.co.nz/

Eat

The Fall Retreat

A unique place to reconnect with nature, food and each other. We offer charming accommodation, unique experiences including cooking and gardening workshops, special events and weddings. Located in stunning Karangahake Gorge - escape to our peaceful haven!

http://www.fallsretreat.co.nz/

Waikino Hotel

Settle in for some post fishing refreshments of hearty food, cold beer, and local culture that is sure to raise an eyebrow or two. The Waikino Hotel story is one of fire and flood, excess and prohibition, but most of all, it's a story about connections. Connecting travelers and towns, the present with the past, and our community with each other. Experience the Waikino Hotel and connect with a piece of history. The Waikino Hotel is proudly family-owned and operated.

https://www.waikinohotel.nz/

Sleep

The Fall Retreat

A unique place to reconnect with nature, food and each other. We offer charming accommodation, unique experiences including cooking and gardening workshops, special events and weddings. Located in stunning Karangahake Gorge - escape to our peaceful haven!

http://www.fallsretreat.co.nz/

Waikino Hotel

Settle in for some post fishing refreshments of hearty food, cold beer, and local culture that is sure to raise an eyebrow or two. The Waikino Hotel story is one of fire and flood, excess and prohibition, but most of all, it's a story about connections. Connecting travelers and towns, the present with the past, and our community with each other. Experience the Waikino Hotel and connect with a piece of history. The Waikino Hotel is proudly family-owned and operated.

https://www.waikinohotel.nz/

Karangahake Winery Estate

Located in a fantastic location for family adventures exploring or flyfishing for days of water within a short stroll. Boutique grape and fruit winery and fine dining restaurant nestled above the Ohinemuri River in the Karangahake Gorge.

http://forbiddenfruitwine.co.nz/