Tarawera to rotomahana

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Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:15 pm

Been wanting to paddle rotomahana for awhile got to tarawera landing 12am paddled straight to jetty at walkway about 8 km ,1.5 hr paddle
put wheels on kayak and walked track to rotomahana about 20 minute walk few fallen trees across track but fairly straight forward got the impression that rotomahana is higher than tarawera by maybe 20 -30 metres ? there is another jetty at rotomahana
which is an awkward launch with a figlass kayak by one person will take plastic kayak next time the geothermal activity is down the western end of the lake so headed in that direction about 1 hr paddle plenty of steam ,hot water outlets some coming up through the lake and a 10 ft ish geyser that plays regularly worth a look
didn't have much time for a fish so just briefly tried a few spots on the way back to jetty caught a nice conditioned 500mm raindow no photo decided to keep will have a proper fish next time maybe down mt tarawera end away from thermal activity if you want to get away from boat activity this is probably a good lake to fish . got back to car 8pm just as moon was rising over mt tarawera
will revisit and have a decent fish

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Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:28 pm

In your first pic you can see the remains of a fire that was started by some Dickhead camper 2 weeks ago. We had our Crew of 5
,Okareka of 4 and Doc of 5 Volunteer Fire Fighters containing the fire . if we had been 15 mins later we would not of been able to control it.

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Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:39 pm

Massive Tr and pic's thanks for sharing , love paddling the lakes .

Good stuff ADW , on the save :y:

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Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:39 pm

That looks like an awesome trip.

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Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:20 am

Awesome TR mate, look forward to the next one :y:

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Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:26 pm

Stunning part of the country through there.. brings back some fond memories. nice TR
Fishing is like a box of chocolates. you never know what is going to be served up...

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Thu May 22, 2014 6:28 pm

Wow, did not know you can do that. Definitely planning a similar trip now...
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Thu May 22, 2014 7:10 pm

Choice as mate, nice kayak to do the trip in :y:.....

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Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:17 pm

refresh on rotomahana lake level has dropped and appears to be continuing to drop and haven't seen the geyser working water temp was 27-28 over summer fish nice conditioned 450 - 500 mm length which from what I can gather is about as big as they get in this lake ? few photos as well

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Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:56 am

Those trout look to be in great condition - well done.

Were you jigging or harling?

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Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:49 pm

Jigging have tried dragging a variety of fishing tackle but not had much luck do prefer having rod in hand

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