headwaters to Murupara.
In the upper reaches before the river
crosses SH 5, the river is small and generally overgrown and
therefore difficult to fish.
Downstream from SH 5 there is 25 kilometres
of excellent, very highly regarded water where the river flows
through the Kaingaroa Forest and over a shingle and stone
bed. The water is generally slow flowing and is usually tinged
light brown, making fish difficult to spot. There are some
areas of faster water and riffles.
Although this section provides excellent
spinner water most fisherman prefer to use the fly, particulary
dry flies and nymphs. Fish in this section rise freely throughout
the day and there is also excellent nymph fishing. Over the
summer period from October to March, during the caddis and
mayfly hatches in particular, the fishing can be very good.
Fish numbers and size
Large numbers of both rainbow and brown
trout around 2 kg, with many reaching impressive sizes (up
to 5 kg), may be found in the upper reaches.
From SH5, take River Road. Then turn into
the Eastern Boundary Road which gives access down to the small
settlement of Te Awa.
The stretch from Te Awa camp to the upper
limit at Otamatea is largely accessible and has an unsealed
road running close by.
See the Upper Rangitaiki access
map and access points 26-29 in the list of access
Kaingaroa Forest access and permits
Angler access into the Kaingaroa Forest
is via Pekepeke Road and Kiorenui Road at Murupara.
To fish or camp in Kaingaroa Forest, first
get a permit from:
Independent Security Consultants, 66 Tarewa
Phone: 07 347 8880
You will need to supply your vehicle and
fishing licence details.
If you are thinking of fishing the areas
that require a forestry permit, it pays to ring Independent
Security Consultants first to make sure the area is open,
as the fire risk can be high in the summer months.
Camping is permitted only at Te Awa and
depending on fire danger. Only gas fires may be used. Anglers
must be very mindful of not starting fires during the dry
There are several major tributaries along
the upper reaches of the Rangitaiki River. These include the
Otamatea River, Otangimoana stream, the Wheao
River (Rangitaiki Canal) and the Flaxy Lakes.