Kai Iwi Lakes

The Kai Iwi Lakes, 35km north of Dargaville off SH12, are regarded as the jewel in the crown of Northland trout fishing. There are three lakes in the group, Waikare, Taharoa and Kai Iwi. The rainbow trout in the lakes are very impressive and compare favourably to those of the Rotorua Lakes and Lake Taupo.  The most popular method of angling from the shore is either fly fishing or spin fishing. 


If fly fishing, use a fast sinking fly line fished over the drop-off which will ensure the line gets down to catch these cruising fish. Most Fuzzy-Wuzzy patterns of flies seem to produce good results.


If spin fishing, a black toby works well. Bait fishing is a permitted activity in the lakes. An angler who uses worms can catch some very big trout. The best place to try bait fishing is around Promenade Point off Lake Taharoa. There are two basic camp grounds situated on the lake shore.

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Further Information

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Local Contact

Northland Fish & Game Council
Tel: 09 438 4135