River Fishing Tour on Horse-back


For a great fishing and river experience, journey with us into Ruatāhuna at the heart of Te Ika-a-Maui – the Heart of Maui’s Fish – the North Island of New Zealand. We are Tūhoe, the original Maori people if this land, known as ‘Children of the Mist’ for we are born of our mountains cloaked in mist. We are a mountain forest dwelling people, guardians of Te Urewera, a vast rainforest region, one of the most remote and pristine parts of New Zealand.

Nau mai! Haere mai! Welcome to our world! We will share with you our pure river waters, stunning scenery and great trout fishing, along with our home hospitality and special culinary delights.

You can be collected from nearby centres or you will make your own way here. We will take you straight to your trusty horses and guide ready to take you along a trail high above the river, and through stands of indigenous forest, that takes in the stunning scenery of the upper Whakatane River. Then down to the starting point for the day’s fishing.

You will discover the joys of fishing a river that is remote, well away from the crowds of other regions. Good size river trout – rainbow and brown – of 5 lb are common. You will enjoy lunch by the river and take all day to fish an extensive stretch of our river.

You will be brought back to the warm home hospitality of Tūhoe at Ruatāhuna, with tasty home cooking and a barbecue or smoker for your trout if you want to bring one back to enjoy. Relax and enjoy your evening.

A hearty breakfast in the morning will see you on your or you can be taken on to your next point of call.

Dates: by arrangement November to March each year


To experience a mystical, remote, pure and natural paradise with the people of this land…

Have any questions? Contact us!

+64 7 366 3166


Monday - Friday: 9.00 - 5.00

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