Na­tional Trout Cen­tre

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Some of the fish are be­hind bars at the Na­tional Trout Cen­tre in Tu­rangi. “They’re the naughty fish,” says guide Catalina AmayaPer­illa. Coi carp, perch and cat­fish skulk be­hind the glass. For­tu­nately the other res­i­dents are good guys. Be­tween 3000 and 5000 trout are hatched here an­nu­ally. None is re­leased into the Ton­gariro River, which runs along­side, be­cause the cen­tre does not want to sup­ple­ment the nat­u­ral pop­u­la­tion. The fish all go into the chil­dren’s pond where young an­glers can prac­tise their fish­ing skills. The trout cen­tre is an aquatic ver­sion of Te Papa with live ac­tion – the trout – fas­ci­nat­ing fishy tales and fish­ing mem­o­ra­bilia. It was de­vel­oped as a trout hatch­ery in 1926. Bring a pic­nic and in­clude a walk by the river. En­try is $10 for adults, chil­dren are free. State High­way 1, (07) 386 8085, trout­cen­tre.com

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