Below the falls, the Marokopa River is
joined by the Tawarau (a major fishing river in its own right
and considerably larger). Directly below the falls the river
runs through a gorge and has a series of rapids containing
some interesting pocket water for the angler to explore.
After the confluence with the Tawarau
River, the Marokopa flows alongside the road and offers some
large pools and small rapids. The enticing presence of schools
of mullet have tempted many an angler who believes he is casting
to reasonably sized trout. Unfortunately these largely sea
water fish are not easy to catch by traditional fresh water
fishing methods and are best ignored. A number of sea
run trout are caught late in the season.
In the final four kilometres the river
becomes slow moving and tidal. Although large trout are resident,
this section has little scenic beauty and is best left to
the salt water angler and white baiter.
The water, which is never crystal clear,
becomes discoloured and takes several days to clear after
a fresh rainfall. Trout are easier to spot and fly fishing
is better when the river is low in summer (from late December).
This water is best
suited to spinner fishing. Nymph fishing using small
nymphs can be very effective throughout the season. In the
summer, drifting a dry fly through some pools can also produce
Kahawai fishing at the mouth
Over the past few years, there has been
a growing interest in targeting the hard-fighting kahawai
with light gear such as small spinners and flies. This is
usually done at the mouth of the river where the kahawai come
into the shallows chasing whitebait.
Take the road from Waitomo Caves to Te
Anga and Marokopa which leaves SH3 8km south of Otorohanga.
Between Te Anga and Marokopa township the road runs alongside
the Marokopa River, making access to the river easy. There
is also public access from Speedies Road.
See the access