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Lake Otamangakau scenic attractions, things to do

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North Island, New Zealand

Lake Otamangakau is a trout fly fishing bonanza destination. The shallow waters are home to lake vegetation beloved by feeding trout. Both rainbow and brown trout inhabit the lake. Fishing season: 1 September to 31 May (closed throughout February due to heat stressed trout). The bonus for the fishing fraternity, glorious views of the North Island, NZ highest mountain peaks.

Lake Otamangakau at New Zealand
Lake Otamangakau at New Zealand

Lake Otamangakau – unusual places to paddle a sup in New Zealand?

Lake Otamangakau, with its two boat ramps, dedicated fly fishing fraternity is known to host adventurous visitors after magnificent views as they SUP or kayak the lake. The shallow waters are ideal although even in the height of summer a tad chilly (elevation 600 metres above sea level).. Lake Otamangakau is known for its weather vagaries with occasional scorching summer days.

Selfie moment here, the alpine mountain range, quiet high country vistas and you on a paddle board … magic, amazing New Zealand experience.

Camping is not allowed at Lake Otamangakau unless you are in a self-contained vehicle and have a fishing licence. Check the Department of Conservation online resource for further details.  Nearby is Tongariro Holiday Park, where all the luxuries of TV, power and hot showers can be found.

Lake Otamangakau – getting there

Lake Otamangakau is a no exit destination on a 5 km gravel road. It is definitely a road less travelled.

Interested in fly fishing check out 10 best things to see in Turangi: must-visit attractions.

And ask at the Turangi Visitor Centre for tips, fishing licence and guides. Lake Taupo has a number of tour operators offering day fishing trips on one of New Zealand’s premier fishing lakes.

And the best bit is the quietly unassuming Tongariro National Trout Centre, Turangi — things to see all things trout and fishing on the Central Plateau, North Island New Zealand. You will spy the biggest, fattest trout lazily swimming waiting for the next morsel of fish food (small packets can be purchased from the reception desk).

Find out more about Things to do in Taupo – The Ultimate List of Activities – Best Bits.


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