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Ngaruroro River Access Points

This table details Fish & Game access points to Ngaruroro River. These will soon be shown on the Ngaruroro River Fishery Hawke's Bay Region access map.


Boyd's Airstrip

A regularly used, designated Department of Conservation (DOC) landing site for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters located in the Kaimanawa Forest Park on an old river terrace above the river. It is possible to fly into the Boyd and raft down the river to Kuripapango, but care is needed.


Other Landing Sites - Boyd to Kuripapango

A number of other designated landing sites for helicopters exist between Boyd's and Kuripapango, both within the Kaweka Forest Park and privately owned land managed by commercial operators. These include DOC Ngaawapurua, Omarukokere, Rocks Ahead, Kiwi Mouth, and Cameron Huts. The privately owned areas, together with their landing sites, are confined to the true right-hand side. Permission from the commercial operators is required to land or fish from these sites.



Access off the Napier-Taihape Road at several points at Kuripapango. Just before the road bridge, a picnic site gives access to the river, both upstream towards the Cameron hut with a number of river crossings, and downstream for approximately one kilometre. The driveway to DOC's Robson Lodge, alongside the Napier end of the bridge, provides good access to nearly 2kms of river downstream of this point. Another picnic area provides access to some pools on the other side of the bridge but slightly upstream. Access for rafts is also available at these points for the keen angler willing to raft out to below Whanawhana. s


Whanawhana Road

A 500 metre gravel road leads off Whanawhana Road and ends up alongside the Ngaruroro River. In this area the river has exited from the upper gorge section and is now an open braided river. Foot access in both directions and across the river is only limited by river flow and depth. Access to Whanawhana Road is via Matapiro Road which is off the Napier-Taihape Road.


Matapiro Road

One kilometre past the junction of Omapare Road, a private gravel track leads down to the river. Vehicle access is available with landowner permission. Please ring the adjacent landowner (Tony Connor, 06 874 3886 or son 06-874 3841) before using this access point.



200 metres along Kereru Road from Maraekakaho Road a metal access road leads off to the right to the river. This provides walking access both upstream and downstream of this point.


Ohiti Road

Approximately 4.5kms along Ohiti Road a gravel vehicle track leads to the river.


Fernhill Bridge (Omahu)

A Regional Council access track on the Napier and upstream side of the bridge passes back under the bridge and heads downstream.


Carrick Road

Another Regional Council access track provides good access, both upstream and downstream to the section of river between SH50 and the new motorway. Carrick Road is reached off Omahu Road via Twyford, Evans and Nicholl Roads.


Ormond Road

Access to the river is gained off Omahu Road and via Ormond Road.


Chesterhope Bridge (Pakowhai Road)

Regional Council access tracks at both ends of the bridge provide access to the section of the lower river.


River Mouth (Waitangi/Awatoto)

The Regional Council access at this point provides good access to the joint mouths of the Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri Rivers.

Tributary Access - Taruarau River

Napier - Taihape Road (Gentle Annie)

Most of the land in this area is privately owned and landowner permission is therefore required, apart from a 300m strip of public land upstream of the road bridge on the true left.


Comet Road

Drive to the end of Comet Road, within Kaweka Forest Park, and a DOC walking track heads steeply down to the Taruarau River 1.5 hours away. The return trip will take longer. For those keen to stay overnight, there is the option of tenting or Shute's Hut 20 minutes walk from the river.

Ohara/Poporangi Streams

Big Hill Road

Access of Kereru and Big Hill Road. The land at this point is privately owned and landowner permission will be required.


Mangleton Road

Public access for three kilometres up the Ohara Stream exists from the road bridge.

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