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For a number of years, the Wellington Flyfishers Club used to run a children’s fishing day at Whitby Lakes, Porirua. This was an annual event and trout were purchased from the Ngongotaha Hatchery in Rotorua and transported to the Whitby Lakes where children were assisted in flyfishing for these rainbows.
However this attracted few children from the Wellington area and when the Whitby Lakes became unsuitable for trout liberations, the Club looked to find a Wellington venue. Chris Anastasiadis, a club member, was instrumental in finding the current location in Landfill Road, Brooklyn and with funding from the NZ Lotteries Board and other local Charitable Trusts together with considerable assistance from the Wellington City Council, a purpose built put and take fishery was developed specifically aimed at young children and was opened in September 1999.
The first shipment of 1,000 two year old rainbows was purchased from the Ngongotaha Hatchery but due to demand the Centre now purchases or obtains between 1,650 and 2,000 two year olds from both the Ngongotaha Hatchery and the Tongariro National Trout Centre at Turangi.
Significant funding from the Wellington Fish & Game Council is supplemented by donations from the parents of participating children and other groups who use the Centre.
Since 2012 the Centre has also received further funding from the Pharazyn Trust based in Wellington.
The Centre is currently holding between 30 and 40 events every year which include 5 Open Days with the balance being school and other groups together with family groups (birthday parties) who are able to book the Centre and run events in conjunction with Wellington Flyfishers Club members.
Children wishing to attend Open Days are required to obtain fishing licences (free) from two outlets in the Wellington area and must be aged from 2 years old up to 11 years old.
Capital Fishing, 49 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Hutt Valley Hunting & Fishing, 8 Te Puni Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington
These licences are generally available two weeks prior to each Open Day which are promoted through junior schools in the Wellington area and other publicity.
For other enquiries please contact Strato Cotsilinis