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Trout fishing

For decades, anglers have come from all around the world to Taupō 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 Taupō’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 winter, 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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  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    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

    $200 - $600
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Grade 2 - with Kids Trout Fishing Experience

    This is the best Grade 2 rafting trip in the country and is a great, safe way to experience the thrill of rafting. This rafting adventure is all about having fun while travelling through the beautiful reaches of the lower Tongariro River.

    $134 Book now
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    Sean Andrews Fly Fishing

    Based in the North Island of New Zealand Sean Andrews is a professional fly fishing guide. Sean spends over 120 days each year guiding the remote rivers and streams of the National and Forest Parks of the North Island.

    $695 - $795
  • Cultural Attractions

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Lake Taupō Scenic Cruises

    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

    $40 - $46 Book now
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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
  • Cultural Attractions

    Top Cat Charters

    Top Cat Charters is a well appointed quick vessel suitable for private charters of between 2 - 40 passengers. Fish, cruise to the Iconic Maori Rock Carvings, Swim, BBQ or just relax. Enjoy the pristine waters and scenery of Lake Taupo onboard Top Cat

    $250 Book now
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    Pinnacle Charters

    Fishing on Lake Taupo at its best or a scenic cruise with friends at your pace, indulge yourself aboard K2. Let Pinnacle Charters share our knowledge and years of boat fishing Lake Taupo for big trout and your safety, enjoyment and fishing success.

    $25 - $200
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    Taupo Troutcatcher

    We offer cheap charter boat hire, fishing trips, sightseeing trips and jet ski hire on Lake Taupo. You will fish and catch trout on your own private charter.

    $10,000 Book now
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    Trout Fishing Guides NZ

    All year round fly fishing adventures, for wild Rainbow and Brown Trout, in the world famous waters of the Tongariro River & Lake Taupo area.

    $300 - $750
  • Sports & outdoors

    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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    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
  • Boat cruises

    Regal Flyer Private Charters

    Regal Flyer is your affordable cruise and party charter boat located in Lake Taupō. We provide you and your guests a stress-free, fun safe and memorable day out on the water.

    $600 - $1,850
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    Cruise Loloma Lake Taupo

    The Loloma; Lake Taupō Fishing Charter Cruise Boat. Facilities include galley, BBQ, toilet, and shower. Fishing, sightseeing, water-sports, or clay bird shooting. Fully customized options for up to 25 passengers or 6 passengers overnight.

    $20 - $260
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    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

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 Taupō 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 Taupō 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 Taupō or Turangi Visitor i-SITE's.

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