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Waimakariri High Country Lakes Fishing

See the North Canterbury regulations for the regulations that apply to each river.

All these waters except Lake Blackwater which opens on the 10th Dec open to fishing on the first Saturday of November each year. Some also have a winter fishing season from 1 June - 31 August.


Lake Sarah

Travel approximately 2km past Lake Grasmere on SH73 and turn right into a gravel road. The lake is a five minute drive along this road.


Lake Grasmere

Description: Contains rainbow and bronw trout averaging between 1 and 2 kg. Trout can be spotted along the shoreline in good conditions, but as the shoreline is generally swampy fishing can be challenging but productive. Read more about Lake Grasmere

Access: Turn into a paddock marked with a Wildlife Refuge sign about 3 kilometres west of Lake Pearson on SH73. Drive down the track and park at the lake edge.


Lake Pearson

A number of small tracks lead off SH73 down to parking areas at the edge of the lake.


Lake Hawdon

Continue down the shingle road beyond Lake Sarah. Just after crossing the railway line for the fourth time, a track can be seen on the right hand side. Vehicle access is no longer permitted and a fifteen minute walk is required to reach the lake.


Lake Marymere

Continue along the road past the Lake Hawdon track for 700m and another track will come into view on the right. Once again, vehicle access is no longer permitted and a fifteen minute walk is required to reach the lake.


Lake Blackwater

This lake lies on Flock Hill Station and is a one-hour walk from the road which leads to Lakes Hawdon and Marymere. Anglers must obtain permission to use the track from the station. (Note this lake has a very limited opening season - see regulations)


Lake Letitia

Cross the Mt White Bridge over the Waimakariri River just past the Cass township, travel downstream on the shingle road for about an hour until reaching Mt White Station Homestead. The lake is at the end of the road just past the station cookshop.

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