Waiwhenua Farmstay offers guided trout fishing & unguided farm walks
Trout Fishing with Local Residential Guide
The Tutaekauri River offers the angler top-quality fishing for a large population of rainbow trout some of which reach very large sizes. Predominantly rainbow trout but with some brown trout the fish average around 1.5 kg though many fish in the 2-3 kg range, particularly in the upper reaches. There can be a good run of sea-run brown trout in the lower reaches some of which also reach impressive sizes.
We recommend the use of a fishing guide for those unfamiliar with the river. We do offer our local guided service . His knowledge of the river and techniques are invaluable. Prior bookings are essential for this activity. Rates are below for the different options offered. No past experience necessary however this is not suitable for young children due to the requirement of river crossings.
Guided Fishing Packages
- Half day $350 plus Free Rod and tackle hire * Morning or afternoon/evening session - up to two anglers
- Full day $550 plus Free Rod and tackle hire * Up to two anglers
* Free Rod hire - angler will be responsible for any damage or loss of tackle
Guided Fishing and Fishing Cabin Accommodation Package
- 2 nights Accommodation at the River Cabin plus 1 full day guided fishing- 6-7 hours $650* - up to two anglers
- 2 nights Accommodation at the River Cabin plus one half day guided fishing- 3-4 hours $550* - up to two anglers
*Rod hire - angler will be responsible for any damage or loss of tackle
We can also offer free access to the river for those wanting to tackle it alone. This is accessed through the River Side Park. Access is only available for those who choose to stay at the River Park. No public access at any other time.
All anglers are required to hold a current NZ Fishing License which can be obtained from NZ Fish and Game website or a local tackle store.
River Park Walks
Woolshed Walk - Walk back up the main farm track you drove down to reach River Park until you reach the green & red woolshed on your right-hand side which was built in the early 1900's. You may see some of the workings going on in the woolshed or sheep yards on the day. Please be keep an eye out of stock & vehicles.
Trig Tank Walk - You can either continue on from the Woolshed Walk or drive. Turn right to head back up River Road and past the two cottages on your left-hand side. Continue for another 500 meters until you see a tank on top of a hill on your right-hand side. Enter through the gate at the bottom of the hill that has a red wooden sign stating "walk up to tank". This has amazing views of the farm and surrounding area. In the evenings you can experience the beautiful sunset over the mountains range.
Peninsula Walk - Next to the closest gate to River Park there is another gate with a red sign stating "No Vehicles". Walk through here and across the creek. Continue heading up the track through another gate - this is the Peninsula paddock. Continue walking up the track until you reach the top. You will notice this is an area we have milled pine trees out of. Take a walk around this flat paddock and look at the amazing views of the river and the high river banks on the right-hand side - for the best view, walk to the far end of this flat paddock. On the left-hand side, you will see the beautiful native bush throughout the gorge.