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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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  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Adventure Taupo Ltd

    Steve Yerex has twenty five 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 - $800
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    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
  • Heritage Attractions

    Tongariro National Trout Centre

    Discover the world of freshwater Trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of Trout. Take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    $15
  • 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 - $49 Book now
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Poronui - Fly Fishing

    While surrounded by spectacular scenery, cast a dry fly over a big, wild trout in a crystal-clear stream at Poronui. Choose from easily accessible waters or take a helicopter flight into the mountains to uncover more private, idyllic fishing spots.

    $1,435 - $13,345 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Huka Lodge - Fly Fishing

    Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman or a complete novice you will find fly fishing both a delight and a challenge. The world-renowned Tongariro River is classed as one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world.

    $1,326 - $2,249
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    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.

    $750 Book now

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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