27 Apr 2010

Kaingaroa trout fishery to reopen to public

10:44 am on 27 April 2010

A Rotorua-based logging company is to reopen public access to the world-renowned trout fishery in the Kaingaroa Forest.

Kaingaroa Timberlands says it has been working with iwi and investors on how to allow public access to the Rangitikei River.

From May to September a permit will allow hunters and anglers back into the forest, but only during daylight hours at the weekend.

Fish and Game says a lockout lasting the entire seven months of the rural fire season has had a catastrophic effect.

It says the area receives 15,000 visitors a year, including half that number from overseas, and many trips have had to be cancelled.

Kaingaroa Timberlands says it must balance public access with the risk fire poses to trees.