a serious angler's river and much of it provides extremely
testing conditions to fish for the large brown trout that
live in the boisterous waters.
The river runs through some remote mountain
valleys and the upper gorge is steep and rugged. Although
it sometimes opens out allowing access for the angler, mostly
the river runs through steep-faced gorges and unwadeable stretches.
It is not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted. However
for experienced and fit anglers, the Waingaro provides a truly
memorable fishing experience.
The lower reaches offer relatively easier
but still challenging fishing in clear water, fast rapids
and deep pools as the river near its confluence with the much
more sedate Takaka river.