The Mountains of the Tongariro National Park are the source of the Tongariro River, the Whakapapa River and the mighty Whanganui River.
The rivers flowing from the mountains boast world-class wilderness fishing, with its crystal clear waters flowing through remote native bush away from the madding crowd. Offering angling of all types, from trophy lake fishing in Lake Otamangakau to sight fishing for large trout in smaller streams and rivers.
There are great fishing spots throughout Ruapehu with the main rivers being the Whanganui River, Whakapapa River, Manganui o te Ao River, Mangawhero River, Retaruke River and Ongarue River.
The best time to swim in the many waterholes is during summer however canoeing, kayaking or jet boating is possible most of the year round, with both freedom and guided river trips available. While the Whanganui River is graded 1 to 2, most of the river is very remote.
Suitable outdoor skills, equipment and clothing are essential. Guides can help provide a safe environment as well as enhance your experience with intimate knowledge of the Ruapehu region, its culture, history, flora and fauna. They can also arrange transport, accommodation, permits, food and equipment.
The magical waters of the Tongariro River provide one of nature's finest, fun-filled roller coaster rides. Imagine rafting grade three rapids and long, lumpy glides through pristine pools and breathtaking gorges. Between the paddling and excitement, observe the native blue duck, the mystical ancient beech forest, the fantails and swallows flitting for surface insects. Listen to the chortling of a veritable potpourri of birds above the music of rushing water. See stealthy trout dart for cover as you pass.
Enjoy the thrill and beauty of the Whakapapa River. This is the pristine headwaters of the Whakapapa River. The scenery is stunning!