This attractive small river flows into the Matukituki from the south. A bridge on the road up the Matukituki valley crosses the Motatapu about halfway between Glendhu Bay and Cattle Flat Station.This is primarily a spawning stream but it does hold a small number of trout, mainly browns, throughout the season. A waterfall about 10km upstream of the confluence with the Matukituki seems to bar passage to most fish, so the section downstream of the falls is where most fishing occurs. From the bridge it is about 5km down to the confluence with the Matukituki and this is the section in which most fishing occurs. The bottom is a mainly clean gravel and the stream is willow-lined for much of the way below the falls. However, it's possible to get at a lot of the water by fiddling one's way in and out through breaks in the willows and by wading.Small dry flies and nymphs are advisable. But move and fish extremely carefully there aren't so many fish in the stream that anglers can afford to spook them. Cochybondhu, Black Gnat and Blue Dun are good dry fly patterns; Hare's Ear and green Caddis are recommended nymphs.If spin fishing, use small lures. Proven lures include Veltics, Dinky Dis and Hexagon wobblers.
AddressAccess off Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road (gravel Road)