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 offfer 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

Six year-old lands huge brown trout

As an angler you’ve achieved something pretty special to land a 4.6kg (10.3lb) trout as a six year-old.


Fish & Game welcomes guilty verdicts for ‘poachers guilty of ‘trout slaughter’

Two Bay of Plenty men have been found guilty of poaching as many as 60 spawning trout from an isolated stream near Lake Rotoiti last winter


Lake Waikaremoana’s buoy back in business

A buoy that collects and sends out useful data has been anchored back out in the lake after a makeover.


Lake Aniwhenua - forest logging hazard notice

Timberlands advise that logging of forest on the western side of Lake Aniwhenua will take place over the next two months or so. Users of the lake are advised to be aware of this and avoid the western shoreline along the forest side in the vacinity of logging operations.