The tight, willow clad banks of the Waimarino
Image: DOC


Entering Lake Taupō about 10 km north of Tūrangi, this very small stream is made up of shallow pools and runs which can offer exceptional fishing for spawning rainbows.

Fishing seasons: lower reaches: 1 July to 30 June; mid-upper reaches - 1 December to 31 May

The Waimarino rises in the western side of the Kaimanawa Range and flows down to Lake Taupō through native and exotic forest. Its small size and discreet pools mean accuracy is at a premium - you'll have to carefully place your flies close to snags. During the winter spawning runs these snags can provide sanctuary to a tremendous number of fish, offering spectacular sport for anglers willing to take on the challenge.

The upper reaches provide highly enjoyable dry fly fishing in the summer for those anglers who are prepared to make an effort to walk upriver. For those who take the time to get to know it, the Waimarino is often a favourite stream for a secluded afternoon fishing.


The mouth and lower river are readily accessible from the SH1 bridge.

The mid sections can be accessed by driving upstream from SH1 bridge on the rough 4WD track on the southern bank of the river. There is also a rough 4WD track at the road end at Korohe which provides access about 2 km further upstream.

To access the upper river, anglers must walk upriver from one of the points mentioned above. There is no public road access upriver, as it runs through private exotic forest. 


Being a small river the Waimarino can be fished with lighter tackle, but keeping large fish out of snags often necessitates using heavier tackle. An 8 weight is appropriate for this reason. Nymphing is the most popular technique used on the river, although it can also fish very well on the dry fly in summer.

Check in with a local tackle shop for the latest advice.

Hazards to watch for

  • River is extensively enclosed by bush with some deeper pools.
  • River mouth is mostly shallow but has a steep drop-off accessible at low lake levels.
  • Tracks are limited, wading is required.


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