The upper Rangitaiki River is within the Kaiangaroa Forest and a Fletcher Challenge Forest access permit is required.
The Otamatea and Dry Fly creeks can be accessed from Eastern Boundary Road and this also provides access to the upper river and Te Awa camping ground. The mid-river and Waihua and Mangamako Streams can be accessed from Galatea Road off SH 30.
All tributary rivers and streams of the Rangitaiki river are open to fly fishing from October till the end of June. There are many of them with most head waters originating in Te Urewera and Whirinaki Forest Parks.
They traverse some of the most scenic land in the country. Natural, native flora and fauna provide the perfect backdrop for these pristine gin-clear waters. Some streams are strictly seasonal, but others hold resident trout all year.
Flaxy Lakes and Canals
The Rangitaiki Canal is accessed off Kiorenui Road and from the canal Bush Road runs up to Flaxy Lake and Flaxy Canal. This area provides very good summer fishing with fly and spoon to brown and rainbow trout.
The Whirinaki River is the most favoured fishing location for many anglers in the area, with beautiful surroundings and excellent fishing opportunities. The Whirinaki can be accessed from Ngatimanawa Road and the bridge on Whirinaki Road. There is a truck that runs alongside the river through most of this section. Access to higher reaches is via SH 38, Okuia Road, Minginui Road and River Road. A number of signed access points run off all these roads and the river contains high densities of both brown and rainbow trout in a scenic bush setting.
The Horomanga is unique in that it involves fishing for large fish in a small stream. It can be accessed from bridges on Galatea and Troutbeck Roads, and also from the Te Urewera Park boundary at the end of the gravel road on the south side of the Troutbeck Road bridge. The Horomanga provide excellent late-season nymphing fishing for spawning runs from Lake Aniwhenua.
This is one of North Island’s most productive lakes, with many trophy fish caught. There is a boat ramp and free camping area for lake Aniwhenua at the end of Black Road. A track runs up the eastern side of the lake from this camping area. Small boats can also be launched at access points off Rabbit Bridge on Kopuriki Road. Aniwhenua provides good rainbow and brown trout to shoreline fly and spoon or stalking fish from drifting boats.
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