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Anglers will be affected by a plan to reduce vehicle access to Lake Otamangakau near Turangi from December.

Date:  23 November 2017

Anglers along with other users of Lake Otamangakau near Turangi will need to adapt to imminent changes that will reduce vehicle access to the area commonly known as the ‘north arm’ of the lake. 

The Taupo Fishery management team have been notified by the Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust of their intention to put a gate across Access Road No. 4, on the western side of the lake. Access onto the forest lands is being changed to manage health and safety concerns.

While access to boat ramps will not be affected, there will be impacts on people attempting to access Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust land to the north of Lake Otamangakau dam. Restricted access is expected to take effect from early December and will particularly impact on anglers who previously enjoyed the convenience of remote camping beside the lake – including many visiting and international anglers.

Taupo Fishery Manager Dave Conley recognises the recreational value of access to the north arm of the lake and is working hard to find solutions for anglers.

"We should acknowledge and thank the Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust for previously allowing access, as anglers have enjoyed many years of excellent fishing and camping as a result. The northern arm of the lake offers anglers the opportunity to experience wilderness camping, while still having access to their vehicles and the convenience of a short drive to Turangi."

"We understand the need for the changes to access policy, and are currently working with Genesis Energy, Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust and local hapu to find solutions that will enable anglers to have a similar wilderness camping experience without accessing private forestry land. A 'site visit' last week presented an opportunity to explore how these ideas could work on the ground," Dave added.

Discussions with stakeholders are currently underway, but in the meantime anglers may have to make some changes to their plans for the summer, as lasting solutions may be some months away.

For further information about forestry operations and access to forestry land contact NZ Forest Managers Ltd – +64 7 836 8757


Peter Shepherd, Community Ranger
Mobile: +64 27 499 5516

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