Recreational Release Dates 2018


Tongariro River:

  • Saturday 10 February, Poutu Intake.  9 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday 11 February, Rangipo Dam. 8 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday 28 April, Poutu Intake.  9 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday 29 April, Rangipo Dam.  8 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday 15 September, Poutu Intake.  9 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday 16 September, Rangipo Dam.  8 am – 4 pm



1. The releases from the Poutu Intake will only affect the Lower Tongariro
2. The releases from Rangipo Dam will only affect the section of the river between the Rangipo Dam and Poutu Intake


1.1 The Poutu Intake release generally provides excellent fishing as the river flows increase. Most anglers then find the river gets too dirty as the extra flush of water disturbs clarity. The flow rates can be dependent on how much rain we have been having at the time.  General reports are that the river level is good and then it takes about 1-2 hrs for the dam water to reach town.

If the water is released at 9:00am usually around 10-10:30am the higher dirtier water then starts to take effect.  Same at the other end of the day if the water is turned off at 4:00pm then the river drops around 5-6:00pm.

The false flow give the fish a bit of an urge to move and the dirtier water helps aide the angler if the river has been low and clear for some time.  The extra flows also have the effect of moving the fish in closer to the banks out of range of the faster currents mid stream.

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