Eastern Region


The Rotorua Lakes provide fishing choices galore – 13 lakes offer a wide range of fishing opportunities – whether you’re a seasoned fly fisher or a complete novice.

Many of the lakes have a world-class reputation and most are easily accessed, under an hour’s drive from downtown Rotorua.  The so-called trophy lakes – Tarawera, Okataina and Rotoiti – can all produce fish of prize-winning size.  

The biggest, Lake Rotorua, has one of the best catch rates in the district due to high natural spawning and it’s open year round. But some of the smaller lakes with their own, more secluded charm include Rotoma, Rotomahana and Rerewhakaaitu.

Rainbow trout are most common in Rotorua’s lakes, but there are also brown trout, tiger trout (lake Rotoma only), and brook trout.

The Eastern region - which runs out to and includes East Cape - has lots to offer the keen game bird hunter as well, with an abundance of lakes, estuaries, rivers, and wetlands - providing habitat for mallard, Paradise shelduck and other species. The season for upland game birds including pheasants and quail, runs right through until almost the end of August.

To learn more about what our great region has to offer anglers and hunters, continue to scroll through the links to the right and you’ll find plenty of information to help you. See the menu to the right for navigation options.

Eastern Region Fish & Game invites readers to call for tips and information on 07- 357 5501. We are always keen to help those who are interested in creating new wetlands or enhance existing ones. We can offer advice on consent processes, planting, fencing and funding.


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Eastern Region News

Eastern Both Barrels May 2016

Hunters - get a permit to hunt in Crown-owned wetlands    


Anglers urged to ‘have a say’ on proposed changes to trout fishing rules

Fish & Game officers are appealing for anglers to have their say on some proposed changes to the regional rules that surround trout fishing.


Praise for duck hunters following joint Police and Fish & Game ranging

Fish & Game officers say it was pleasing to turn up very few offences by game bird hunters in a wide-ranging joint operation with Police officers in the Eastern Fish & Game Region.


Last chance to have your say - angling rules 2016/17

The Eastern Fish and Game Council has outlined nine submissions received to date for potential changes to current angling regulations for the coming 2016-17 season, beginning 1 October.