The East Cape area is home to many types of fish including Shark, Marlin, Southern Yellowtail (Kingfish), Groper, Snapper, Terakihi, Bluenose and Tuna.  Mid to late Summer (February / March are best) is the ideal time to go after game fish.  Clear trout filled streams and lakes surrounded by native bush abound on the East Cape.


Ruakituri River Fly Fishing

Darcy Hamilton
P: 06 863 7192
M: 021 836 348

Having had 30 years fishing the Ruakituri River & Gisborne Rivers, Darcy is an expert fishing guide for Lake Waikaremona who knows both the local lakes and rivers well. He has also fished many other Hawkes Bay rivers and rivers around NZ. Darcy is also involved with other experienced local fishermen in the East Coast and wider Hawkes Bay area.


Tzer Fishing ChartersTzer Fishing Charters

Craig Miller
M: 0274835747

We are a full time fishing charter, operating all year around.  Tzer Charters will get you and your friends out into some seriously great fishing action.  Our boat Tzer, is a custom built White Pointer designed for comfort, fishability and safety.  We can accommodate parties of up to 6 angler’s, we focus on providing a range of tailored packages for deepwater fishing, jigging, game fish etc.  We encourage ladies to get into fishing by offering a ladies only package.  Please contact us for further details.


Fisheries Information

Waioeka River Fishery Catchment

Scenic beauty and a large area of fishable water are features of the Waioeka River and its tributaries. The Waioeka River flows in a northerly direction, from its source in the Huiarau Ranges to the outlet on the East Coast at Opotiki. The catchment offers a number of fishing opportunities, from wilderness fishing in the headwaters, to easily accessible stream fishing not far from the main road. Access to many parts of the river is easy, due to the close proximity of State Highway 2. While rainbow trout predominate, there are some brown trout present.

Ruakituri Fishery

The Ruakituri River is an internationally renowned trout fishery. Unmatched scenic beauty, large stretches of fishable water and the chance to catch magnificent trophy trout are all features of the river. The Ruakituri River has its source in the Te Urewera National Park on the eastern slopes of the Huiarau Range. The river flows in a south easterly direction for 70 km before joining with Hangaroa River at Te Reinga. Angling opportunities within the Ruakituri catchment range from wilderness fishing above the Waitangi Falls in Te Urewera National Park to easily accessible river fishing just off the Ruakituri and Papuni Roads. Both rainbow and brown trout are common, although only rainbow trout are present in the headwaters above Waitangi Falls.

Waikaremoana Lakes Fishery

Lake Waikaremoana is situated in the south east of Te Urewera National Park. It is the largest lake in the park, and was created by a giant land slide over 2000 years ago. Lake Kaitawa, Lake Whakamarino and Lake Waikaremoana and the nearby smaller Lake Waikareiti provide a number of different fishing opportunities for anglers. Trolling, stream mouth fishing, stalking shoreline brown trout or casting a fly for trophy rainbow trout are some of the options available on the different waterways. Camping, excellent track and boat ramp facilities make this part of Te Urewera National Park a must for anglers of all persuasions.

For Licence Information: 0800 LICENCE

Fishing Rules: 0800 4 RULES

To Report Illegal Fishing: 0800 4 POACHER

Troutline: 0800 876 885


MPI Fisheries Office – Gisborne

59 Awapuni Road


P: 06 869 0870


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