Situated 10 km north of Whangarei along State Highway 1 is the Mangahahuru Stream. A bridge marks the stream which is sign posted. Turn right over bridge into Mower Road until you come to the railway crossing. You can walk up stream for approximately 3 Kms. This stream would suit the more experienced angler. There is reasonable fishing if you go downstream from the State Highway 1 Bridge. Seek landowner entry permission up or downstream.
20 km north of Whangarei along State Highway 1 turn off onto the Whananaki Rd. Approximately 6 km along this road you will come to a bridge, this is the Kirikiritoki Stream. If you turn right along the Marua road the river winds alongside it for many kilometres, giving good access for anglers. This river is wooded along the banks and is probably more suited for experienced anglers. Approximately 2 km downstream from the Whananaki Road bridge the Kaikanui stream joins the Kirikiritoki Stream and there is good fishing for several kilometres downstream. From the junction this river is known as the Kaikanui River.
The first bridge on the Old Russell Road just off State Highway 1 at Whakapara. Approximately 22 km from Whangarei is the lower end of the Kaikanui and the Kaimamaku. This is a very productive spot and well worth trying. Downstream from this point the river is known as the Whakapara River.
The river winds alongside the Old Russell Road. It is a gravel-based river and in the summer the water becomes gin clear. This river is probably more suited to nymphing the pools. Fish do not appear to lie in the runs as the water temperature may be to warm in the summer. The river runs alongside the road until you start to go up the hill towards Helena Bay. Just before the hill there is a road that turns off to the left, Peach Orchard road. The river winds alongside this road for a short distance.
Located 22 km north of Whangarei along State Highway 1. Good fishing upstream from the main road to the junction of Kaimamaku/ Kaikanui Streams. Downstream from the main road there is excellent fishing for several kilometres. Approx. 5-6 km downstream from the main road bridge this river joins the Waiotu River and becomes the Wairua River from that point downstream.
Located 28 km north of Whangarei along State Highway One. Just over the railway crossing at Waiotu there is a road and railway bridge. There is good fishing up and downstream. If you go over the railway line and head back towards Whangarei the first bridge you come to cross is the PuhiPuhi Stream. Do not go upstream, as the bed of the stream is full of logs. Go downstream on the left bank and you will come to the junction of this stream with the Waiotu. If you keep going downstream for about 4 km you will come to the junction of the Whakapara/Waiotu Rivers. It is well worth trying here in the evening. If you keep heading North on State Highway 1 you will come to Hukerenui Hotel, turn right 50 metres past the hotel.
A small river, which joins the Waiotu half a km downstream on the left hand bank. This junction is a good place at night and is reached along the Waiotu riverbanks by way of marginal strip. Fish in this waterway are generally Browns with Rainbows in the lower 400 metres before the Waiotu. Access to upper areas is via private land so permission is needed.
The Wairua River runs from the junction of the Waiotu/Whakapara Rivers North of Whangarei to Titoki some 26 km West of Whangarei. Access to this river can be gained from many roads. There is still good fishing especially in the evenings when casting to the evening rise. On State Highway 1 approximately 250 metres past the road to Hikurangi turn left down Jordan Valley Road, go past Apotu Road, past Rushbrook Road, and then you will then come to a bridge that crosses the Wairua River. It is not necessary to gain permission in this area, as there is a Marginal Strip.
Another place to try is back along Rushbrook Road, turn right at the intersection, and at the bottom of the hill there is a bridge that crosses the Wairua River. Good fishing upstream and downstream. Farmer permission is required for access.
On State Highway 1 about 0.5 km past the Kamo Shopping Centre turn left onto Ruatangata Road. Approximately 20 km along this road you will come to a bridge crossing the Wairua River There is good fishing to be had here both up and downstream. Drive over this bridge and take the first Rd on the left, (Puketitoi Road). By following this road you will eventually end up at Titoki. Go past Rapids Road on your left and park your vehicle near the next road on the right. This road leads to a farmer’s cowshed. Walk across the paddock on the left and just along from the pump shed there is a waterfall. Upstream from this point is good fishing. Downstream from the waterfall for the next 2-3 Kms also holds’ trout in pools and runs with some good fish able to be taken.
If you take State Highway 14 to Dargaville, and 12 km from Whangarei is the turn off called Maungatapere/Kaikohe Road.
Approximately 12 km along this road it crosses the Wairua River. 300 metres across the bridge is the road to the Wairua Falls. Good fishing below the falls in normal flow conditions. Just before you cross the bridge over the Wairua River there is a crossroad. Drive along Kokopu Rd and take the first road on your left. This is Malone Road, and goes to the end of this road. There you will find a bridge crossing the Wairua River. Excellent fishing is to be had here for both spinning and fly-fishing.
From the Wairua River bridge keep driving towards Kaikohe about 3-4 km you will come to a bridge crossing the Mangakahia River. All tributaries into the Mangakahia have had trout liberated in them, but trout do not seem to hold in this system. The fish that are seen in this river and its tributaries are usually mullet and many a trout angler has been fooled believing they are casting to a trout.
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