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Mararoa River

The Mararoa is a medium-sized, fast flowing river with deceptive water depth and velocity. It rises in an area between the Livingstone and Thomson Mountains and flows through flat tussock country to enter North Mavora Lake. Emerging from this lake it flows 3 to 4 km through bsh and tussock lands to enter the smaller South Lake Mavora.

Leaving this lake on its journey to the Waiau River, it flows through some 3 km of beautiful native bush to again emerge into open country, through which it flows 32 km.

The Mararoa River contains rainbow and brown trout of good quality and fighting spirit, ranging up to 4 kg. These good conditioned fish, with the swift flowing water to assist them, will give the fly angler thrill upon thrill, as the line sings off the reel, and the minnow and threadline anglers do not have things all their own way.

Under low conditions the water is very clear and anglers, especially with the aid of polarized glasses, are often able to spot fish lying in wait for passing insects.


Information courtesy of and excerpted from
Southland Fish and Game Council's book
"Trout Fishing in Southland New Zealand"
an invaluable publication containing 90 pages
of river and lake information, maps, access
points and strategic recommendations.

This publication is available from:

Southland Fish & Game Council
P.O. Box 159
Invercargill, New Zealand
Phone: 64-3-214-4501
Fax: 64-3-214-4352


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First Publication: 29 September 1996
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