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10 ways to catch a trout in Taupo

For decades, fly-fisherman have come from all around the world to enjoy the trout-filled waters of Taupo - though it’s not just seasoned pros who can enjoy the thrill of catching a fish.

The Taupo region is home to the southern hemisphere's largest freshwater lake; Lake Taupo, with six pristine rivers flowing into its eastern flank including the world-renowned Tongariro River. The regions crystal-clear waters are home to wild rainbow and brown trout and provide great lake and river fishing year-round, classing Taupo as the gold standard for trout fishing in New Zealand and around the globe. Taupo’s luxury lodges have long drawn on Taupo’s history of being New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing destination and offer exceptional trout fishing packages throughout the region. 

Whether you have your technique mastered or need a little more practice, there’s several exciting ways to catch a trout in Taupo – and you will rarely be disappointed. Wade in famous fly-fishing pools on the Tongariro River; cruise Lake Taupo on a private charter; fly or spin fish from a rock, wharf or boat; take the kids to the fishing pond at the Tongariro National Trout Centre; book a whitewater raft fishing adventure; fly-fish a small stream mouth at dusk; take a heli flight deep into the backcountry; fish from a purpose-built kayak; or discover local secrets from a passionate fishing guide. There are many experienced guides and charter captains in the region who happily share their love of fishing, favourite spots, equipment and techniques with visitors.

What’s more, because trout isn’t available commercially in New Zealand the only way to enjoy its unique flavour is to get out there and catch one yourself - making that tug on the line even more rewarding. Enjoy fresh sashimi onboard your cruise boat, take it into a local restaurant in advance of your booking for preparation, or pop into one of the local butchers who can smoke your catch.  

Quick fishing tips

  • Chat to locals about the best spots or hire a guide to access pristine untouched back-country fishing spots.
  • The best chance of catching trout fly-fishing on the many rivers and river mouths of this region is between April and October, however successful fly-fishing for trout can be had year-round.
  • Trout fishing requires a licence – these can purchased online through the Department of Conservation or at the Taupo or Turangi Visitor i-SITE's.
  • There is a bag limit of six fish and a minimum size of 35cm.
  • Fishing gear can be hired around the region - enquire at the Taupo or Turangi Visitor i-SITE's for a list of retailers.
  • Some restaurants will prepare your freshly-caught trout. Check when booking and provide plenty of advanced notice.
  • For more information on fishing spots, trout fishing regulations or to book a guide, contact the Taupo or Turangi Visitor i-SITE's.

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