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Waiteti Stream

The Waiteti stream is a small picturesque water that provides excellent fishing especially during the winter spawning runs where large numbers of trout move in from Lake Rotorua.

Fish type, number and
Both rainbow and brown trout are present with the numbers in the stream increasing dramatically during the winter months when large fish enter the stream to spawn. During the spawning runs the river holds many very large fish.
Situation The Waiteti Stream rises in the hills to the west of Rotorua and flows east to enter Lake Rotorua in the township of Ngongotaha. It is a very picturesque river and provides excellent fishing throughout the year especially downstream from the Ngongotaha Road Bridge. All the tributaries of the Waiteti stream are closed waters. When a stealthy approach is applied, fish can be easily spotted, often in good numbers lying deep in the pools. There can be excellent fishing at the mouth of the Waiteti stream where fish will often move into the cool water from the stream as the lake warms up during the summer months.

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Description The Waiteti stream is small but provides one of the few spawning waters for fish from both Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti. Although small it is surprisingly deep in places and the banks are overgrown with vegetation in many places making access difficult in some stretches. The water is very cold and due to the current is difficult to wade.
Access There is good access along the Rotorua District Council reserves which follow the true right hand bank of the stream. Above the Waiteiti Road Bridge public access is limited as the river flows through private property. See the Waiteti Stream access map.
Recommended tackle Lightweight fly rods (in weights four to six) are ideal and a light leader is recommended.
Recommended lures


Small lightly weighted or unweighted nymphs such as a roughly tied Hare and Copper or egg patterns such as Globugs work well especially in the cooler months.

Dry flies:
During the summer try cicada patterns or beetle patterns though this is not a noted dry fly water

Wet flies:
Woolly Buggers, Mrs Simpson, Hamill's Killer patterns and Red Setter during the day. Darker patterns such as a Fuzzy Wuzzy or Craig's Night-time at night, especially at the mouth of the stream.

Regulations (1)
Applicable to Waiteti Stream below Hamurana Road
Region Eastern region regulations
Season All year
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit Trout: 8
Brown trout: 2
Size limit (cm) 350mm minimum
Regulations (2)
Applicable to Waiteti Stream above Hamurana Road
Region Eastern region regulations
Season 1 Dec-30 Jun
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit Trout: 8
Brown trout: 2
Size limit (cm) 350mm minimum

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