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Lake Namunamu


Lake Namunamu is a beautiful sheltered lake with bush-clad shores set high in the hills. Note: Namunamu lake is on private land and the landowners have closed public access for the months of December and January each year.

Fish type Fish & Game stock Lake Namunamu with 1000 yearling rainbow trout each year. They grow well and beautifully conditioned fish of 2kg are common.
Situation Lake Namumanu is 14kms west of Hunterville and is sited at the head of a valley, only slightly below the tops of the adjacent hills.

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Permission This lake is accessed over private land and so get the land-owners permission when fishing it.

Lake Namunamu is  natural 13 hectare lake with several inlets and good water quality. The peaceful waters have a mirrored surface and there is absolute quiet except for the birds.


Lake Namunamu  is situated on Ngaruru Station, a privately owned farm on Turakina Valley Road, 14km west of Hunterville.

From Wanganui, take Kauangaroa Road through Fordell, then take Mangatipona Road. At Braemore Junction, turn left into Turakina Valley Road and travel 2 km. After parking at the farm gate, there is a 20 minute gentle uphill walk along a farm track. Please respect the landowners wishes for no vehicles and no litter on the farm. See the Lake Namunamu access map.


There is abundant insect life but the fishing can be slow. The lake is up to 18 metres deep and the top 10 metres can warm up to 20 degrees centigrade in summer. Most feeding is therefore sub-surface. The preferred methods are:

Harling: Anglers harl a sinking line or lure. (A large wet fly/lure is towed slowly behind the boat and not allowed to sink far below the surface of the water.)

Spinning: Using spinning gear allowing the spinner to sink before retrieving..

Fly fishing: Casting from the lake edge.

Recommended lures

Nymphs: Damsel or dragonfly patterns

Wet flies: Hamill's Killer, Red Rabbit, Olive Matuka, Woolly Bugger.

Spinners: Toby and Veltic spinners in various colours.

Applicable to Lake Namunamu
Region Taranaki region regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Sept

Namunamu lake is on private land and the landowners have closed public access for the months of December and January each year.

Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Trout: 2
Size limit (cm) None

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