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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.
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.
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.
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.
Guided Fly Fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout in the stunning Lake Taupo Region. Chris Jolly Outdoors' specialist fly fishing guides have the local knowledge and expertise to ensure both novice and experienced angers have the trip of a lifetime.
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.
We fish a wide range of rivers, lakes and streams in the Taupo region and further afield. With local Taupo fly fishing guide techniques and others from the US and Europe we give you more opportunities to catch stunning Rainbow and Brown Trout.
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.
Discover a place where the whole family will be entertained for hours on end. Pack a picnic, togs and towel and spend the day exploring, or dine on the edge of the Waikato River at Riverside Restaurant with delicious meals and breathtaking views.