Hawkes Bay & Gisborne

The Hawkes Bay / Gisborne region is the sunniest, warmest part of the North Island. The varied terrain provides spectacular scenery and offers a great diversity of fishing as rivers tumble east from the central mountain ranges to empty into the blue Pacific Ocean.

Bush clad Lakes Waikaremoana and Waikareiti provide spectacular boat and shoreline fishing for both brown and rainbow trout in the scenic Te Urewera National Park. Rivers originating within the park such as world renowned Ruakaturi, give anglers a chance to catch trout of trophy size in hugely varied catchments.

The Hawkes Bay / Gisborne region has some of the North Islands best headwater fisheries and rivers such as the Ngaruroro and Mohaka provide world class fishing, scenery and wildlife accessed by raft or helicopter. The pastoral, tree lined catchments of the Tukituki and Waipawa have some of the highest trout numbers of any New Zealand region.

Reliable weather, variety of water, quality trout and excellent wine make this a region a worthy destination for local and visiting anglers alike.

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

Gary Harlen

Gary is owner and operator of  WILD TROUT ADVENTURES.  Fondly known as Guru, by many of his repeat clients, Gary's focus is on " ACTION " - sighting, hooking and landing a number of Rainbow and Brown trout. " Hooking into and landing those ferociously fighting wild Rainbow and Brown trout on Hawke's Bay's many rivers and streams, is one of the best fly fishing moments an angler can experience."

Gary operates day and multi day packages specialising in lowland nymph and dry fly fishing.  We have found there is a high demand for lowland  fishing, where clients can get to experience high catch rates and lots of action, with an average fish size of 3 to 4lb with fish  6 to 7lbs not uncommon. With lowland fishing, no mountaineering skills are required,nor the endurance  of a marathon runner, just an average level of fitness. Wild Trout Adventures also offers upland fishing for the more adventurous and tuition for the novice. Telephone: + 64 27 2778 449       

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Grant Petherick

Grant Petherick has lived in Hawkes Bay all his life and has been flyfishing in the area and the central North Island for the past 45 years. He has spent 3 seasons guiding in Alaska but now splits his time between guiding in Hawkes Bay and guiding in and around the Taupo region. Hawkes Bay has over 20 rivers and streams ranging from spring creeks and free stone rivers on the plains, to wilderness streams accessed by helicopter in the Kaweka and Kaimanawa ranges. Fishing is available 12 months / year.Grant also specialises in personalized  tours to the many vineyards and wineries / restaurants  in the Hawkes Bay region. Telephone: +64 6 876 7467

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Miles Rushmer

You can reach Miles via telephone +64 21 371 265.

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