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  • 01 June 2017

Our Backyard

The Hauraki Plains is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. With a myriad of areas for hunting and water activities there is something for every hunter-gatherer. 

No matter what your interest, whether it be surfcasting from the beach for kahawai, sitting amongst mussel farms catching a feed of snapper, live baiting for kingfish around current swept headlands, or heading further afield to chase that elusive marlin or tuna, the Firth of Thames pretty much has it all. The Bayview Hotel, Kaiaua hold a calendar of fishing competitions to chance your arm against other anglers. Boat ramps can be found at Kaiaua, Pipiroa, Waitakaruru and Turua.

Whitebaiting & Flounder Fishing
Flounder fishing is plentiful on the Hauraki Plains. Choose between her at the Ohinemuri end of the Waihou River, near Netherton, Kaiaua or in the Kopuatai Peat Dome.

Duck & Game Bird Hunting
Come opening weekend, game bird shooters from all over New Zealand converge on the Hauraki Plains. The most prominent areas for shooting are the Waihou River, Piako River, Firth of Thames and the famous Kopuatai Peat Dome, which is surrounded by swamplands and associated lagoons. Permits and current gun licenses are required. For more information see www.doc.govt.nz

Thames Valley Deerstalker’s Association
The TVDA serve a membership that is predominantly Thames Valley/Coromandel based, but due to the excellent facilities, programmes and opportunities available, new members from further afield are becoming involved. The clubrooms are located at the end of Morrison Road, Paeroa, and the Association runs a varied shoot calendar throughout the year for rimfire, centrefire and shotguns. Visitors and non-members are most welcome. For more information www.tvda.co.nz

Kopuatai Peat Dome
The Kopuatai Wetland Reserve is the largest remaining raised peat dome in its natural condition left in New Zealand. Vegetation occupying the Dome is fragile and easily damaged, so entry is by permit only www.doc.govt.nz. Boat access is possible from Tramline Road, Patetonga, with foot access along the stopbanks to Patterson’s Lagoon and Lake Patetonga. For further information, see www.wetlandtrust.org.nz


Before entering privately owned property, ensure you have permission from the land owner. All hunting and game regulations apply on the Hauraki Plains. If unsure of these, please make contact with any of the following registered authorities. Contact details are: 

Hauraki District Council 
Ph. 0800 734 834

Maramarua Hunt Club 
Kaihere Rd, Ngatea 
Ph. 07 867 7392

Department of Conservation 
ph. 07 858 1000

Fish and Game 
New Zealand 

Ph. 07 849 1666