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What’s offered by the pristine waters of Lake Taupō, its pure flowering rivers and its all-year-round trout fishing reflect the pure quality of its environment.

Taupō is a world-renowned fly-fishing destination. Rainbow and brown trout are the resident inhabitants, and they spawn by the hundreds of thousands in Taupō’s rivers every year. Trout can’t be bought or sold commercially in New Zealand, which means you won’t find trout on the menu at your favourite Taupō restaurant. This prohibition is aimed at protecting the sustainability of recreational trout fishery.

While you cannot purchase trout at a local eatery or shop, you can catch it wild and fresh yourself for a memorable foodie experience.

The region’s chefs are skilled at preparing your fresh catch to enhance its delicate texture and unique flavour – smoked overnight, fresh to savour its pure, clean taste, pan-fried with simple ingredients to enhance its sweet notes. Or baked whole at Vine Eatery & Bar, the richness balanced by tangy black olives, sharp sundried tomatoes and fresh herbs.

You can book a fishing charter where the skipper will prepare your fish onboard.

Or take your catch in to one of the local restaurants. The chefs at Taupō restaurants and luxury lodges will be happy to prepare your catch for you – just book in advance to savour the ultimate taste of the region.

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  • Restaurants

    Bistro Lago

    From lake, land and ocean to your plate, our seasonal New Zealand a la carte lunch and dinner is a memorable experience. Located at the elegant Hilton Lake Taupo, with expertise of celebrity Chef Gareth Stewart and executive chef Adrian Walker, Bistro Lago brings you the best that our region offers.

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    Vine Eatery & Bar

    Mediterranean and New Zealand cuisine, craft beer, fine wine & cocktail lounge in the heart of Taupo.

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    Plateau Bar & Eatery

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupo, Plateau Bar & Eatery is an award-winning New Zealand meeting place that serves the finest craft beers and kiwi inspired cuisine.

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    Brantry Eatery

    Branty House - A Unique Destination - That Hosts Both ZeaYou Gallery & Brantry Eatery.

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    The Bistro

    The Bistro is an award winning Taupo eatery producing simple contemporary New Zealand food with the freshest regional ingredients.

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    Tongariro Lodge Restaurant

    Enjoy a warm and unique fishing lodge and après ski atmosphere, with roaring fires in stone fireplaces, comfortable lounges and friendly staff waiting.

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    Parklands Motorlodge Restaurant and Bar

    A local favorite and famous for it's welcoming ambience and service, the Parklands Motor Lodge Restaurant is popular Turangi hot spot offering a hearty menu and well stocked bar.

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    Oreti Restaurant

    Oreti Restaurant in Pukawa, Southern Lake Taupo offers mouth-watering options, cosy atmosphere and cuisine that’s just something a little different.

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    Turangi Bridge Restaurant & Bar

    The Turangi Bridge Bar and Restaurant offers a stylish and welcoming atmosphere for sampling mouth-watering New Zealand cuisine. A Turangi icon since 1931, our restaurant has a genuine history and ambience unlike anywhere else.

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  • Fishing

    Bill Grace Production Fishing

    Welcome to Production Fishing, Home of Turangi's premiere boat based fishing guide, Bill Grace.

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    Lake Kuratau

    Behind the beautiful lakeside settlement of Kuratau sits the smallest but mightiest lake in the Taupo Fishery when it comes to hauling in heaps of fish. Originally part of the hydro-power scheme, Lake Kuratau is a flooded forest stocked to the brim with small rainbows and the occasional brown.

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    Poronui - Fly Fishing

    While surrounded by spectacular scenery, cast a dry fly over a big, wild trout in a crystal-clear stream at Poronui. Choose from easily accessible waters or take a helicopter flight into the mountains to uncover more private, idyllic fishing spots.

    $840 - $2,310 Book now
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    Taupo Boating and Fishing Charters

    Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters are great trips for every occasion. Entertain your friends, family, colleagues, and clients on the 'Great' Lake Taupo. We offer fishing and fun trips and sightseeing cruises.

    $19 Book now
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    Tongariro Whitewater Raft-Fishing

    Rafting New Zealand are proud to offer the ultimate Raft Fishing Tongariro fly fishing trips. Fly Fishing and Rafting on the spectacular Upper Tongariro River is the ultimate Fly Fishing adventure.

    $699 Book now
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