The Tokiahuru Stream rises on the southern flanks
of Mt Ruapehu and flows south-west to join the Whangaehu south of
Ohakune. It is a small spring fed creek and as such will often remain
clean and clear long after other rivers in the area have become
Rising on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu the river
flows alongside the Whangaehu Valley Road before joining the
The Tokiahuru is a small spring fed creek
that flows over farmland for most of its length. While there
are some open sections there are considerable stretches where
the river is crowded in by bankside vegetation, notably willow
trees that often meet in the stream making fishing impossible.
These unfishable sections however provide good safe places
for the fish and will usually be where they bolt to when hooked.
The river has a good constant flow and is easily waded. There
is usually a deeper channel down one bank where the fish will
be found. The fish which range up to 2 kg in weight rise freely
and will readily accept any well presented dry fly.
This is a great little river to have in mind when others
in the area have become discoloured and unfishable.
Fish numbers and size
The small river holds a good population
of both rainbow and brown trout and although there are many
small fish there seems to be some good sized fish as well.
The Whangaehu Valley Road (the road that
leads to Whanganui) provides good access especially from the
bridges that cross it. Most of the river crosses farmland and
so it is necessary to ask landowner permission to access some
areas though this is always readily given.
Both fly and spinner work well and this
is a beautiful dry fly water.
Keep tackle as light as you can. The river
does not require or even allow long casts so a small weight
4 or similat rod is ideal. Leaders need to be reasonably long
though as the water is clear and the fish will bolt for cover