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

Fish & Game warns of deadline for '$10,000 trout' entries

Anglers and their families have been reminded that time is running out to enter Fish for Gold – and try and hook a green-tagged trout worth $10,000 in one of three Rotorua lakes


Eastern Reel Life Sep 2016

The promise of a new trout fishing season is almost upon us at time of writing in the count down to Opening Day.


Count down underway to Rotorua lakes trout opening

More than a thousand anglers are expected to turn out for the start of the new fishing season on the Rotorua lakes (October 1, 2016) with the season start falling on the weekend this year.


Fish for Gold – a green tag 10k trout!

Anglers young and old are invited to “join in the excitement” of trying to catch a fish worth $10,000 as the new trout fishing season gets underway! Fish for Gold starts on Opening Day 1 October and runs for nine days until Sunday October 9, 2016.