Trout fishing on the Tongariro River - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Turangi, the Tongariro River and its recreational fishing.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to the Tongariro River in the Video tab.

British settlers introduced freshwater recreational fishing to New Zealand, stocking the rivers with trout and salmon. The Tongariro River near Tūrangi has long been a mecca for trout fishers, including international celebrity visitors such as American author Zane Grey and the Duchess of York.

Trout and salmon
The lure of trout
Fly fishing
Tūrangi district

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number TCDR500).

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