About Us

Sporting Life has been an owner operated store since opening in 1968. We are a stockist of tackle for fly fishing the local and backcountry, as well as boat fishing on the Lakes. We have diversifed with a range of hunting and tramping equipment to supply basic need to visitors of the Tongariro Heritage Park and Kaimanawa Ranges which are only a short drive away. 

Graham and Kathy Whyman

Owner operators of Sporting Life since 1985.
After 28 years with Air New Zealand Graham decided on a change of life style to pursue his passion of fly fishing and with wife Kathy’s support is checking off his bucket list on the fly fishing scene.




Neil Cunnington

Neil is a new face at Sporting Life having succumbed to the temptation of the Tongariro Trout after many years of saltwater fly in the warm waters of Mackay and Northern Queensland.





Jared Goedhart

Jared is just mad about the great outdoors and makes the most of the fishing, hunting and tramping on offer in the Turangi area. Also does a top job at keeping the web up to date with photos and quick witted comments.




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