The Waioeka River and the Opato Stream either run through the heart of our farm or borders it for at least 14 kilometres. The Waioeka River is a world class naturally stocked fishery. The feisty rainbow and elusive brown trout are strong tough fish and the average size is 3lbs although trout up to 10lbs have been caught! They take typical fly patterns such as ‘hare & copper’, ‘caddis’ and ’emerger’ imitations, ‘royal wolf’ and ‘parachute adams’, and the rise to the lace moth in the autumn has to be seen to be believed! The Waioeka River has broad shingle beds and large pools in it lower reaches; whereas the upper end of the river is home to some completely unique fishing. It provides some of the best wilderness fishing in NZ with many rapids and good pocket water in a fast flowing river.The Opato Stream is a small tributary which also is fast flowing and has large boulders and many rapids and also offers very good fishing. Anglers need to purchase a fishing license before coming to Wairata. The fishing season is from 1st of October to 30th of June.
4WD Scenic Farm Tours
Wairata Station is a large hill country sheep and beef farm and is covered in and surrounded by New Zealand’s beautiful native forest. You can simply join in with shifting stock or take a 4WD trip to remember, from the homestead across open farmland, across rocky streams & up steep farm tracks to the top of the mountains. You will enjoy fantastic views of the valley, the Waioeka River, farmland and surrounding native forests. We have over 20 kilometres of farm tracks (some weather dependant), which offer guests a range of scenic 4WD tours or walks. Often 4WD tours are incorporated with other farm activities. $40 per trip.
Bushwalks and Birdwatching
Wairata Station is surrounded by absolutely stunning native forests. We have numerous farm and bush tracks for you to explore. We have walks to suit most fitness levels. The pictures only just touch upon the beauty that is Wairata. One walk is across our farm for an hour, then ½ hour through some of the most untouched spectacularly beautiful stretches of native forest left in the North Island to reach the boundary of state forest. Another track leads you 2,200ft above sea level where we have a small natural lake where dragonflies and frogs abound, totally surrounded by native trees. This is well worth venturing to as there are also numerous tracks to follow through native bush. Beautiful stands of Rimu, Matai, Miro, Beech, Tawa, Rewarewa and majestic Totara trees. Birdwatchers may well spot: Tui, Bellbirds, Pheasants, Fantails, Tomtits, Falcons, Robins, Kereru, Whiteheads and Rifleman and more! You may be lucky enough to spot a rare Blue Mountain Duck (the Whio) in one of the tributary streams that flow into the Waioeka River.