Maerewhenua River is the second largest tributary of the Waitaki
River. It rises in Danseys Pass in the Kakanui Mountains and
flows northward to join the Waitaki at Duntroon. In the upper reaches
the river divides into two branches, the North and the South Branch.
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The best fishing is early
in the season in the upper reaches where the water is more stable
and you can walk to some deep pools in tussocky gorges. The
upper reaches divide into the North and South branches.
North Branch: Trout are more numerous in the
larger North Branch.
South Branch: Access is more difficult but if
a good flow is evident, you may come across the occasional large
adult trout that has remained there after spawning.
Fish numbers and size
There are moderate numbers
of brown and rainbow trout in the middle and upper reaches. The
Marewhenua holds some large trout with an occasional catch of 2.5
The lower reaches are shingly and there are limited
stocks of trout.
Fish can be spotted. A careful approach is needed
in bright summer conditions. Nymphing is generally succssful during
the day. But when mayfly hatches occur, they are all the trout will
The road from Duntroon to
Livingston and Danseys Pass follows the river. You need to walk
to reach the deep pools in the upper reaches.