The Best Trout Fishing...and More!

It's no secret. Life is best enjoyed doing the things we love.

Here in Pahiatua, we understand and cherish the joy we get from our favourite hobbies and pastimes. It brings balance to our quality of life. 

If you're looking for the perfect spot for trout fishing in NZ, then our town extends our natural and human-made treasures to you and your loved ones. 

No matter how long you stay in Pahiatua, you can rest assured you will have a wide range of entertaining recreational activities to choose from. 

Make your holiday one to remember. Explore Pahiatua.


Get away from the main roads, hop on a bike, and ride some of the greatest trails in the country.

An exciting and rewarding way to see the beautiful countryside, mountain biking opens the door to a world of possibilities. As you venture deeper into nature you will gain access to spots often too remote for the casual visitor.

A treat for the eyes and a great workout for the body, mountain biking offers you a dynamic cardio tour of the Tararua District. 

Stay fit and enjoy the inspiring scenery New Zealand has to offer.

After trail advice? Our friends at the Pahiatua Information Centre are happy to help.

Alternatively, if you want to keep on your feet, our bush walks are a tramper's dream. Find out more about walking tracks in the Tararua District here.

The Department of Conservation also provides a list of tramps in the Wairarapa Region here.


Talk to any passionate fisher(wo)man and you'll discover October is a special time of the year.

Although good fishing is available year round, the fish become more active during the spring season. This means they begin feeding more as they need to put on weight after the lean winter months. 

October is also particularly special for our town as this is when we hold our annual Pahiatua Trout Fishing Festival. Filled with competitions and celebrations, our festival is truly an experience for fishing fanatics around the country as our rivers are renowned for containing the best brown trout in New Zealand.


When it comes to sports, our facilities at Bush Multisport Park go the distance.

Opened in 2004, our sports arena continues to be the main destination for sporting activities and events in the Tararua District.

Grab a mate and play a match of tennis. Join the locals in a field game of soccer or hockey. Shoot some basketball or netball hoops. Watch a rugby tournament. 

With a wide variety of sporting opportunities, the Bush Multisport Park is able to accommodate your sporting needs, no matter how big or small. 

Facilities on offer at Bush Multisport Park include:

  • Artificial Cricket Wicket

  • 3 x Rugby / Rugby League Fields

  • 2 x Basketball Courts

  • 2 x Indoor Netball Courts

  • 2 x Squash Courts

  • 6 x Tennis Courts

  • Soccer Field

  • Full-Size Hockey Turf

  • Outdoor Fitness Track (1km Circuit)

  • Gym

  • Pre-School Gym

  • Modern Lounge, Bar and Kitchen

  • Conference Room

  • Wheel Park

Modern, safe and spacious, our sports arena houses major sporting events. 

The Bush Multisport Park facilities are also available to host corporate, educational, social, sporting, entertainment and cultural functions. If you would like more information or would like to book a facility, you can contact the Bush Multisport Park here.


Entertaining since 1940, The Regent Pahiatua is a community owned cinema and repertory stage.

Visit the blast-from-the-past upstairs cinema, a classic big screen experience full of old world charm on the outside and the latest digital cinema and 3D technology on the inside!

The downstairs theatre hosts live performances of stage plays by the Pahiatua Repertory Society as well as concerts, stand-up comedy shows, and more.


Alternatively, if you prefer to tee up, why not play a round of golf at the Pahiatua Golf Club?

Founded in 1904, the Pahiatua Golf Club grounds host a picturesque clubhouse. Converted from an antiquated farmhouse in 1974, this establishment offers club members and visitors a splendid view of the town and everything you need to sink a hole in one.


Situated at the Pahiatua Rail Station two kilometres west of town, Pahiatua Railcar Society is a non-profit that restored ex-New Zealand rail cars. With a shed full of new and current restorations, they are one of the few rail museums that have their very own station and mainline access.

The group hosts regular excursions in their classic railcars, and it's an absolute treat for the entire family. Visit their site for info on when and where they set out.


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