Rangitaiki River System

Rangitaiki River System

The Rangitaiki River covers an extensive area and offers a huge variety of fishing opportunities and supports an excellent trout fishery with both rainbows and browns. Sight fishing to large trout is a very real possibility.

Local Knowledge

Flowing North from the Napier-Taupo road(SH5) to the Pacific Ocean. Despite being modified by hydro dams and access limited by private forestry land, it offers many world class fly fishing opportunities. While Lake Aniwhenua contains some opportunities for mature fish in a peaceful lake setting, often it is the tributaries and headwaters that can be the attraction. These waters are very fragile as a fishery. Catch and release is recommended as well as resting previously fished water(and it's fish) for a significant period. 

Find current river flows HERE

Note: Early 2017 the area was devastated by major flooding, please remember this is a wild fishery and to practice catch and release to prioritise the sustainability of the fishery.  

Pro Guides

Rushmer Guiding

Miles Rushmer

Eastern Region Eastern Region
Rushmer Guiding specialises in fresh water and salt water fly fishing in the sunny Bay of Plenty. Miles Rushmer is the top provider of double figure trophy brown trout in New Zealand. Master guide Miles, offers a variety of services from highly visual clearwater sight-fishing for trophy trout in spring creeks (the ultimate fly fishing experience), lake or stream mouth fishing to saltwater fly fishing at the world famous Bay of Plenty reefs.

Cory Scott Fly Fishing

Cory Scott

Eastern Region Eastern Region
Cory grew up fly fishing under the tutelage of his grandfather on the streams of Southland and can recall catching his first trout aged 3, since those early beginnings he has immersed himself in the art of fooling trout on a fly developing into a backcountry addict leaving no stone unturned or no question on what lays beyond the next bend. Cory has been guiding for 18 years which he alternates between his job as a photographer with the two professions developing a symbiotic relationship. Cory has guided everyone from the complete novice to sporting professionals to rock stars and everyone in between, with his professional yet super friendly humorous approach being popular. When it comes to the East Cape/Te Urewera region there is no one that knows this region as intimately as Cory and on any given day he can be found either fishing by the road side or multi days hike back in the mountains that surround his region.


Treetops Lodge & Estate

Treetops Lodge offers the ultimate in world-class luxury accommodation in the heart of New Zealand’s unique forest and thermal wonderland, trout fishing mecca and cultural capital, Rotorua. The presence of four lakes and more than 60 rivers on the 2,500 acres estate makes Treetops an ideal fishing destination. Treetops offers world-class fly fishing with some of the country’s top guides. We have a diverse range of waters available to us and with your guide you will fish some of the most beautiful areas in the country boasting some of the best year-round brown and rainbow trout fishing in the world. For anglers wishing to enjoy boat and fly fishing in the Rotorua region, Treetops offers daily guided fishing ventures with experienced, professional guides, whether it be by 4WD or helicopter.
Treetops Lodge & Estate - Reception, Ngongotaha Valley, New Zealand


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