Fishing in the Wairarapa is great all year round. The coastal settlements of Ngawi, Lake Ferry and Castlepoint are top spots - and the Ruamahanga River is one of the best places in New Zealand to catch a trout. 

Surf Casting at White RockTag and release trout on the Ruamahanga River

Featherston, Carterton, Masterton and Martinborough all have good fishing rivers nearby.

It's about another hour's drive to coastal fishing at Castlepoint, Riversdale Beach, Flatpoint, Ocean Beach, Lake Ferry and Palliser Bay at Ngawi.

Take time to have a look at the fishing boats around Castlepoint and the bulldozers on the beach at Ngawi which are used to push and pull huge fishing boats in and out of the water.

Stick to the rules to save our fish stocks

Fishing in lakes and rivers? Check New Zealand's freshwater fishing regulations.

Fishing in saltwater? Check sizes and catch limits for finfish, shellfish and crayfish (rock lobsters).

If you’re fishing for trout you'll need a licence. Buy a licence online now.