Ngaruroro River

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The Ngaruroro River is located in the eastern North Island of New Zealand. It runs southeast from the Kaweka Range and then east before emptying into Hawke Bay 10 kilometres south of Napier.

This is a large, though wadeable, river has over 100km of fishable water. The lower and middle reaches usually fish well during the early months of the season with the middle and upper reaches giving better results later. Above the Napier-Taihape Road, the river gorges with deep sections and care should be taken. Rainbow trout predominate. Average weight is around 1kg but many larger and heavier fish are taken throughout the season. The upper reaches provide excellent sporting fish.

Access: The middle and lower reaches are easily accessed with plenty of public roads crossing it at various points. To access the upper reaches, take the Napier-Taihape Road to Kuripapango. Excellent wilderness fishing can be had from the top sections, which require either a walk in from Kuripapango or a flight into one of the many huts.

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