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Trout fishing

For decades, anglers have come from all around the world to Taupo to enjoy the whizz-and-plop of a fishing line casting into a rushing river or lapping lake… not to mention the thrill of hauling in a fat, shining wild trout. 

Since the introduction of brown and rainbow trout to Lake Taupo’s vast, crystal-clear waters from the late 1800s, the region has become renowned as an angler’s paradise, with Turangi as the gold standard for trout fishing in New Zealand and around the world.

There’s great fishing in all seasons, from pristine backcountry fishing on the region's many tributary rivers in summer and autumn, to spring smiling action along the river mouths and beaches, excellent dry fly fishing through summer, and autumn migration runs up the lake tributaries, as well as lake trolling throughout the year.

Junior anglers will enjoy visiting the Tongariro National Trout Centre and hatchery at Turangi, where they can try their luck in the fishing pond. There’s a wealth of experienced guides and charter captains in the area, who are happy to share their favourite spots, flies and techniques with you.

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    Cruise to the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo. Great for families and those who want comfort on the water

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    The New Zealand Fly Fishing Company

    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.

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    Sean Andrews Fly Fishing

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    Two Mountains Trout Guide

    Richard Mowforth specialises in the Tongariro River, Taupo and Taranaki regions. Whether it's finding solitude on a quiet stretch of the Tongariro River or experiencing the secrets of a Taranaki stream let Richard guide you for a memorable experience

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    Taupo Troutcatcher

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    Sporting Life Turangi

    Fishing outfitters to the world famous Tongariro River. Whether you’re walking, tramping, mountain biking, rafting, hunting, fishing, boating or just enjoying the great outdoors, Sporting Life is there to make it more enjoyable.

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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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