Rotorua & Bay of Plenty

The Rotorua / Bay of Plenty region is well known for the volcanic lakes and the river fishing it offers.

Anglers are spoilt for choice with fly fishing available on the many streams and rivers, such as the world famous Rangitaiki river or fish from a boat on one of the lakes the region boasts. Boat fishing can be a very productive method and often a few hours are all that is needed to get a good catch.

Fabled double figure (10lb+) rainbows are not an uncommon capture in the Rotorua lakes and are eagerly targeted by anglers during the later parts of the fishing year in autumn/fall.

The wildness region of the Urewera Mountains gives birth to some wonderful fishing rivers such as the Waiau. This is a very popular tourist area and offers a great all-year-round fishery.

All the members listed on this web site have the following vital accreditations:

  • Current  first aid certificate
  • DOC Concession to guide on the DOC estate
  • Audited Health & Safety Plan
  • Public liability insurance

Juergen Vorwerk

After my commercial law career in Europe, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2000. I enjoy the outdoors as well as fishing and did a 5 months course in outdoor skills including safety procedures and other skills.
I was a volunteer ranger for Fish&Game for some years and involved in NZ conservation work.I invite you to join me and experience New Zealand fresh water fishing at its best. You can contact Juergen via his email (click link below)  or telephone +64 21 235 5665.

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Peter Hill

Peter lives at the base of the Te Urewera National Park in the Galatea, Murupara region. With this being his home he has a wide knowledge of rivers and streams that are all under an hours drive. He has lived for fishing and hunting all his life, specializing in nymph and dry fly, also land based streamer fishing in lakes.
He can offer his clients the following:

  • Drive to upper tributaries to walk and  sight fish for good Rainbows and Browns with dry fly and nymph
  • Shore walk a beautiful Lake and streamer fish for smelting Rainbows
  • Float down the spectacular Rangitaiki River in  his certified raft and fish water that can not be accessed on foot and have a great wilderness experience with good numbers of wild trout. (This is a great option for the physically impaired)
  • Helicopter into very remote scenic Rivers in the heart of the Te Urewera National Park.

Peter has the ability and patience to teach all levels and abilities, whether it is fly or spin fishing.

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Murray Downie

Murray is internationally acclaimed for his services as a professional fishing guide for more than 22 years. Born in Murupara, he knows intimately the many rivers and streams located close to home. Murray specializes in upstream nymph fishing and dry fly. Here the rivers and fishing options are unlimited. Within minutes from his home you can be casting your fly. For those a little more adventurous, helicopter-fishing the surrounding back country streams is available. The heli-port is only 2 minutes up the road from his home. Raft fishing is also a favorite with some of his guests. Murray is New Zealand’s pro-staff representative for the Scott Fly Rod company. Lodge and motel accommodation is available locally

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Julian Danby

Julian Danby operates Rotorua Trout Guide Limited guiding services. Julian offers guided fly fishing trips to the fantastic streams and lake systems in abundance throughout the region. The world famous and highly regarded fisheries surrounding Rotorua  is a necessary part of any serious trout fisherman’s travel itinerary to New Zealand yet so often overlooked by overseas anglers. We specialise in chasing trophy brown trout in the local spring creeks, quality dry fly fishing, heli-fishing wilderness adventures and saltwater fly fishing for kingfish.Julian can be contacted on +64 27 339 7468 

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Simon Robertson

Simon Robertson of Rotorua Trout Safaris Ltd specialises in remote river and back country fly fishing, and together with his wife Cath, also operate Wildwood Lodge, offering Qualmark five star luxury lake edge accommodation. We offer fully inclusive fishing packages throughout the Central North Island utilising four wheel drive or helicopter from our on site helipad. Our well stocked tackle room, with exclusively Simms and Sage products is available to all guests.

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John Hamill

John has been offering guided fishing for rainbow and brown trout on the lakes, rivers and streams of the central North Island from Rotorua since 1996. Cruise and Fish Rotorua offer fly fishing options from ½ day to multi day backcountry Heli fishing.
For the serious fisho, family fun or a more relaxed mode to get a fishing fix there is a boat option on Rotorua's scenic Lake Tarawera. Try methods like jigging, fly fishing or trolling for these world famous rainbow trout. Finish your time on the lake with a soak in the thermal waters of Te Rata bay.
Whether you are a novice or experienced angler we have an option to access some of the best of the central North Island's fishing. Contact John at Cruise and Fish Rotorua. T: +64 21 951 959 or visit our website.

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Bryan Colman

Bryan Colman is a Trout Fishing Guide in the Rotorua Lakes District. He has been guiding since 1972 and recommends light tackle trolling on Lake Rotorua which has the greatest population of wild Rainbow Trout per acre of any lake in New Zealand. There are also numerous streams that offer excellent Fly Fishing with a dry fly, nymph, streamer or spinner. He offers full and half day options on fly fishing and light tackle trolling excursions. All tackle is supplied and courtesy transport is provided from your place of accommodation. All levels of experience catered for.Telephone:+ 64 7 348 7766

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