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

Teacher sees science in action at Fish & Game

Rotorua primary school teacher Brigitta Nieuwboer is back in the classroom at St Mary’s School with new insights into how best to lead the teaching of science in schools.


FREE Boat Fishing 'How to'

Want to ramp up your success rate? Or simply do it a little better? Then why not come along to our FREE boat fishing tuition morning at Tarawera in early January, 2016.


Fish & Game applauds renewed access to Waikaremoana facilities

Fish and Game Eastern Region and anglers are delighted with recent news from the Te Urewera – Lake Waikaremoana region just prior to the busy festive holiday season.


Eastern Reel Life Dec 2015

As the holidays get into top gear, anglers visiting the Rotorua lakes aren’t short of fish to catch.