Expanding across the least populated region of the North Island are the splendid trout fishing rivers and lakes of Urewera National Park.

The most renowned however are the waters of Lake Waikaremoana. The park headquarters are located at the eastern end of the lake and provide ample facilities.

The Ruakituri River, flowing east from Urewera National Park, is most favoured by fishermen, who are aware of its location. A small road follows the Ruakituri River upstream to the Wairoa River at Te Reinga, home to marae accommodation. The Maori village provides beds, showers and flush toilets; bed linen may be rented and kitchen facilities are available, however your own food is required. It is important that you telephone prior to arrival.

Hawkes Bay and Napier also provide good fishing spots, depending on the time of year. Consult the visitor information centres in these locations.