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Te Amorangi Trust Museum
Open Sun & Thurs 10am - 4pm
Admission: Adults $5
Children (under 15 years) FREE
Robinson Ave, o Te Ngae Rd, Holdens Bay
The traction engine was built in 1892.
• Whakarewarewa Post O ce is the original building dated 1908
and is lled with wonderful telecommunication 'stu '.
The museum is based around the 1920's and features vintage
machinery as well as the Douslin House, (original farm house),
which is lled with furnishings and ttings from that era, with
one room specialising in clocks.
The gaol is an original Rotorua gaol from 1906.
• Stroll along 1920 Street to the hat shop, grocery store and
Every 2nd Sunday in the month, is a 'Live" day when the
machines and traction engine start up and "work", pumping
steam and being rather noi sy!!
Again, the new train is a major attraction for kids, big and small!
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to them. The best time to fish the release sites
and stream mouths is from late April through to
September for the fly fisherman.
Once the lake starts to warm up the fish begin to
hunt down schools of smelt around the lake and
this opens up angling opportunities to the boat
fisherman with harling and trolling being very
popular. As a generalization the fishing on Rotoiti has
always been a little on the hard side but over the last
few years methods such as jigging have opened up
massive opportunities to the boat fisherman.
In Rotoiti the most popular method of jigging is
to use a 1-½ oz sinker with three flies above it at
1-metre intervals apart. The flies are attached to a
20cm dropper trace coming off at right angles to a
swivel that separates the three metres of trace. The
flies used are all various smelt patterns and all will
work better than other patterns at different times of
the season. The most popular patterns are the Grey
Ghost, Parsons Glory, Jack Sprat, Green Orbit and
Ginger Mick. The smelt tend to be darker in colour
early in the season and lighten up considerably in the
Most jigging outfits have a colour coded braid at 10
metre intervals to identify the depth of water which is
invaluable when the fish are up off the bottom. The
number 1 rule is to trust your fish finder fully, because
that is where the fish are.
For the locals of Rotorua the Ngongotaha Stream is
a legionary fishery for kids first learning to catch fish,
and for those people looking to catch trophy-sized
trout. From its source up in the Mamaku ranges its
journey is fairy short to where it empties out into
Lake Rotorua. For the local retailers the "Ngongi",
has the same effect as barracuda do to the saltwater
fisherman, in that it is a stream in that will claim lots
of gear in terminal tackle such as flies and leaders.
When fishing the stream you need to be prepared to
loose a dozen flies per trip minimum.
The stream is fast flowing, snag infested and tight
when it comes to casting. It also holds rainbows
at certain times of the year in their thousands, this
year the rainbows average five pound, but it also
gets large runs of massive brown trout that average
around nine pound.
The Ngongotaha Stream is the major spawning
tributary for Lake Rotorua and therefore will attract
a lot of anglers to its riverbanks. The Brownies enter
the stream around Christmas time and move through
the stream over a long period of time. Every year
fish of up to 16 pound will be landed but that is the
exception. In reality no other stream will have as
many stories about the one that got away than the
Ngongotaha because the browns are so strong and
dirty when hooked. The percentage of large fish
landed that are hooked is very small and basically it is
a matter of a large brown making a mistake once it is
hooked and then you may have a chance at landing
it.Much of the stream runs through private land
so permission to cross-land should always be sort.
There are many fish and game access points for the
fishermen that are clearly marked from the roadside.
A six-weight set up all that is needed to fish the
stream but very heavy tippets are required to
consistently land the fish. By keeping your leaders
short at around 9-10 feet in length, they are easier to
handle in the tight casting situations on the stream.
Most nymph patterns whether they are hare and
coppers or pheasant tails work well on the stream as
well as a wide variety of glo-bugs for the rainbows.
As with most spawning streams the fish usually sit
on the bottom so nymphing is the most successful
method in catching fish. Most people run a double
nymph combination with a heavy fly to get down on
the bottom with a lighter fish catching fly following
it. More recently the use of split shot 30cm above the
fly has become very popular as the rig sinks quickly
and once snagged only one fly is lost to the snag.
Once a fish is hooked, by only having one fly there is
no danger in a second fly becoming caught in trees
The Ngongotaha Stream is not an easy place to
fish with all of its obstacles, but it is a stream that will
keep many a fisherman and women coming back for
more such are the quality of the fish in the stream.
This is just a taste of the variety of some of our little
treasures in the Eastern Region, an area where fishing
dreams are fulfilled by some when the mighty ten
pounders are landed, but also an area where dreams
are shattered because of the monster trout that got
away. Either way the Eastern Region has much to
offer the fisherman and is a must visit for any fishing
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