Shelford family and a friend with fly-fishing results. Even the youngest, James, wanted to share in the glory.
A lovely smaller bush walk at the Rotorua trout hatchery with beautiful crystal clear brooks. With the hatcheries in the middle of it all, you can see the baby fish in the breeding tanks with information and photos etc on how the trout are bred, caught, released, etc etc. Really interesting and beautiful.
Thanks for that info CW. I didn't know about that walk despite visiting numerous times over the years. Re the baby trout in the tanks, you're right. It's fascinating watching the wriggling, seething masses. You could spend ages watching.
Something else - totally off topic. The Ngongotaha Trout Hatchery (official name) has fly fishing for kids days which are popular. It's a fun, family activity that doesn't cost very much. Unless you've got a tribe.
When the kids in our family were small we would take them out there to catch themselves a trout, albeit a little one. They loved it. As you can tell by the photo, even the youngest, James, had to get in on the happy angler results shoot.
When: Specified days between July and November
Where: Ngongotaha Trout Hatchery, Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua
Cost: $3 per child
Volunteers from the Rotorua Anglers Association run the days and show the kids what to do - don't worry, you don't have to do it. You don't have to take anything either. All the gear is provided plus drinks and a sausage sizzle. The mini-anglers also receive a certificate to celebrate. Fun huh?
I think just about every local child of school age has been to one of these days. No wonder Rotorua has so many fishermen, they're hooked in young. What a dastardly plan.
Get in early to find yourself a car park in the grounds. It gets mega busy and you can expect queues at times for the fishing - told you it's popular.
You can find out the upcoming fly fishing for kids dates on www.nzfishing.com.
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