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Trout

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

    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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    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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    Riverside Bar & Restaurant - Tūrangi

    Riverside Bar & Restaurant is situated in Tūrangi, at the southern end of Lake Taupō. Open Monday to Saturday from 6.00pm serving wholesome meals.

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    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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    Brantry Eatery

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

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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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    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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    Tongariro Lodge Restaurant

    Enjoy fabulous food in 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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  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Dave Wood, First Cast Fly Fishing

    First Cast Fly fishing’s head guide Dave Wood has great knowledge of the rivers around the Central North Island. He’s a senior guide at Poronui Ranch and contracts to the other main lodges in the area.

    $350 - $750
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    Lower Tongariro River Raft-Fishing

    The Lower Tongariro River hardly needs any introduction. Hundreds of anglers every year descend upon Turangi to fish the legendary Tongariro River.

    $649 Book now
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    Adventure Taupo

    Steve Yerex has twenty nine years experience, fly fishing in the Central North Island, this experience translates to an ability to match the client to the river and the best outdoor adventure for you that he can provide.

    $350 - $850
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    Fish Her Charters

    Fish Her Charters operates out of the Kinloch Marina we have easy access to the Western Bays of Lake Taupo. Kinloch is a short 20 minute drive from Taupo township. You will be able to enjoy the fantastic fishing that the Western Bays have to offer.

    $80 - $750
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    Taupo Kayaking Adventures - Kayak Fishing Tours

    Come and fish beautiful Lake Taupo out of purpose built fishing kayaks. Fish for Rainbow trout and the odd Trophy Brown trout, while enjoying the serenity that only kayak fishing provides. Fishing is available all year round.

    $250 - $450 Book now
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    Bryce Curle Fly Fishing Guide

    Bryce Curle Fly Fishing has been operating in the Central North Island / Great Lake Taupo region since 1998, he offers a professional and true Kiwi Fishing Experience for the novice through to the most experienced angler. A service that is unmatched.

    $350 - $650
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    Dream Trout New Zealand

    Fly fishing for trout in and around the Central North Island. Based in Taupo. We organise half , full and multi day trips.

    $350 - $750
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    Raft Fishing - Tongariro River Rafting

    Raft fishing trips can be made to suit every angler's specific needs. Experienced guides are available to help locate and net your first fat Taupo Rainbow Trout. The Tongariro River is world famous for its trout fishing.

    $700 - $750 Book now
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