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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Boat cruises

    Lake Taupo Cruises

    Offering scheduled daily cruises to the world famous Māori Rock Carvings with the iconic replica steamboat Ernest Kemp, or private charters aboard the luxurious Regal Flyer showcasing beautiful Lake Taupō.

    $35 - $46 Book now
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    Central NZ Guiding

    At Central NZ Guiding we love adventure, in fact, we are consumed by it. So if you want to go on an adventure of a lifetime, get in touch today. If you can dream it, we can do it.

    $100 - $1,000
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    Te Kupenga Fishing Charters

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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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    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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    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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    Mr Fishing Adventures

    Fishing Charter/Guiding operation.

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