Words can do little justice to the magnitude and beauty of the 80,000 acres that comprise Nmagatea Station located on the North Island not far from Napier. With rolling grasslands, thick native bush, mountain peaks, and two of the world’s greatest rainbow trout systems coursing through its valleys, it is as magnificent a property as could be imagined. Here anglers will enjoy world class private access fishing on the famed waters of the Rangitikei and the lesser known but highly productive Taruarau River. The Rangitikei is known for its powerful beauty and exceptionally large, wary rainbows while the Taruarau is an intimate freestone that offers outstanding, small-stream dry-fly fishing for hearty, uneducated rainbows.
Groups of four anglers or less stay at the Station’s unique, architecturally- acclaimed home or in simple backcountry huts. Access to the numerous beats is gained via a matrix of aggressive four-wheel drive tracks. This is a remarkable place that will capture the hearts and imaginations of all who visit.
Ngamatea Station Travel:
New Zealand is a long way away but the good news is that jet lag isn’t a big issue. The reason being that it is four hours earlier the next day. Do whatever you can to get some sleep on the plane and continue on with your travels. You will be tired but for the most part your schedule hasn’t changed all that much. Remember, that when you return home, you will typically arrive home on the same day that you left New Zealand. A valid passport is essential.
When coming into the country be forewarned that New Zealand is very concerned with invasive pests and plants entering the country. When you go through customs, you will be asked whether you have any camping gear, wading gear, fly tying materials, food etc. Be sure to clean and dry all wading gear, hiking boots, ground cloths, tent floors and the likes. Do not attempt to bring in any natural fly tying materials; grain or seed based foods, or meats such as jerky or salami. If the inspectors are not pleased with the condition of your personal items, they will take them and fumigate them while you wait. This generally takes about 15-30 minutes.
Ngamatea Station Seasons:
November – December: This is considered the early season but it is truly one of our favorite times to fish down under. While water can be high and the weather can be a bit unsettled, the fish are typically far less spooky than later in the year. Pressure is low, as the Kiwis have not yet started their holiday and Western angler traffic is still minimal. Nymphing is the predominant technique, catch rates are high and the wild flowers are at their best.
January – February: This is without question the most popular time to visit New Zealand. The weather is at its best, water levels are typically stable, and the dry fly fishing peaks during these months. Angling pressure also peaks but with the aid of a good guide, you can still enjoy some solitude. These dates are best booked at least a year in advance.
March – April: By mid March expect the crowds to start dwindling and the weather to remains favorable. This is what we refer to as a “shoulder season” or a time when the fishing is still excellent but the crowds are gone. It is also the time when most of the season’s largest fish are taken.
May – September: This is the winter season and while most of the South Island fisheries are closed, the Taupo region of the North Island is at its best. During these months the Tongariro runs of landlocked steelhead peak and catch rates are high.
October: This is the opener for most of the streams and lakes in New Zealand. Like the opener here in the states the water levels and weather conditions are hard to bank on but a knowledgeable guide can still show some incredible fishing.