Meet the wonderful wildlife living at Lake Rotoiti

Close to its more famous neighbour, Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti is popular amongst fishermen for its trout, and for its native New Zealand wildlife.

You will find Lake Rotoiti in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. Close to its more famous neighbor, Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti is popular amongst fishermen for its abundance of trout, and for its native New Zealand wildlife.

On Lake Rotoiti you will have the opportunity to spot the New Zealand Dabchick, or Weweia, our endemic grebe. This endangered species is estimated to have a remaining population of 1200-1500 birds and about one third of these live on Rotorua Lakes. Dabchicks are aquatic specialists, with lobed, rather than webbed, toes which propel and steer them underwater. You may see Dabchicks briefly among the rafts of New Zealand Scaup, also known as Black teal, before they dive out of sight. Lake Rotoiti is also home to many other birds such as kawau (shags or cormorants), black swans and ducks.

Lake Rotoiti provides excellent rainbow trout and many trophy fish, and from time to time the occasional big brown trout can be found. If you take a walk on the Okere Falls Track you will find a trout pool which is a great spot for fishing, where you can often see the trout swimming gently against the current.

Rainbow trout were introduced to New Zealand in the early 1880s, mainly from Californian steelheads - these rainbow trout migrate to sea, however New Zealand rainbow trout do not. Rainbow trout are generally olive-green to steely blue in colour with a silvery white belly. The name comes from the pink, red or orange flash along both sides that darkens during spawning.

Brown trout were brought to New Zealand in the 1860s from Europe, and are the most widespread and common introduced fish in New Zealand waters. It is harder to spot a Brown trout than a Rainbow trout in Rotoiti; winter water temperatures are probably too warm for successful egg development for the Brown trout. The Brown trout varies in colour depending on their habitat. These fish in Rotoiti tend to be silvery with brown and olive spots, compared to river-dwellers that are darker with dark brown and red spots.

Lake Rotoiti is open for fishing for nine months of the year, October to May, and there really is nothing quite like catching your own trophy trout from the beautiful waters of this Rotorua lake. A fishing excursion with experienced professionals, such as the team at Pure Cruise, promises lasting memories. Any trout caught can either be released, taken away for later consumption, or filleted and enjoyed onboard. You won’t get much closer to local New Zealand wildlife in their natural habitats than out on the water of Lake Rotoiti.

Whether you take a walk along the shores of Lake Rotoiti or sail on a luxury catamaran, this place is a must for keen fishermen and nature enthusiasts alike.

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