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Trout

Taupo is a world-renowned fly-fishing destination. Rainbow and brown trout are the resident inhabitants, and they spawn by the hundreds of thousands in Taupo’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 Taupo restaurant. This prohibition is aimed at protecting the sustainability of the recreational trout fishery.

If you want to try the delicious taste of trout, you’ll need to catch it wild yourself. You can book a fishing charter where the skipper will prepare your fish onboard. It’s also possible to take your catch in to one of the local restaurants, where the chef can cook it for you – just call in advance and make a booking.

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  • Restaurants

    Parklands Motorlodge Restaurant and Bar

    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.

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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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    Tongariro Lodge Restaurant

    Enjoy 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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    The Brantry

    The Brantry is constantly at the forefront of Taupo’s dining experience and a recent stylish refurbishment in the original 1950s town house offers a variety of dining experiences.

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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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    Plateau Bar & Eatery

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupo, Plateau Bar & Eatery is an award-winning New Zealand meeting place that serves the finest craft beers and kiwi inspired cuisine.

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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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    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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  • Rafting

    Lower Tongariro River Raft-Fishing

    The Lower Tongariro River hardly needs any introduction. Hundreds of anglers every year descend upon Turangi to fish the legendary Tongariro River.

    $649 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Private Fishing Charters

    Fish for Trout with the experts. Chris Jolly Outdoors have been taking clients fishing on Lake Taupo for more than 30 years. We have 4 launches to choose from and can cater for groups up to 140 people - all our fishing trips are private charters.

    $400 - $475 Book now
  • Fishing

    Bill Grace Production Fishing

    Welcome to Production Fishing, Home of Turangi's premiere boat based fishing guide, Bill Grace.

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    Guided Back Country Heli-Fly Fishing

    Helisika Helicopters are the Central North Island Industry leaders in wilderness fly fishing experiences. Based in the foothills of the Kaimanawa Ranges since 1987 we have the expertise and rivers to tailor an experience to suit your needs.

    $700 - $2,500
  • 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
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