Sunset fishing, Waitahanui river mouth
Image: Destination Great Lake Taupo ©


The Fishery provides exciting river and lake fishing all year round. Anglers from all over the world test their skills against its wild rainbow and brown trout.


If you see any illegal fishing activity, phone the Taupo Fishery duty ranger on +64 27 290 7758. This number can also be found on the back of your fishing licence. In the event of an emergency, call 111.

Several significant changes to the Taupo Trout Fishery regulations took effect on 1 July 2017.

Place overview

  • Check clean dry
    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

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About this place

Know before you go

  • Within a relatively small geographic area, anglers can enjoy all sorts of fishing styles depending on the time of the year and their angling skill.
  • Within the same area are a variety of landscapes - from fishing the strong currents and quiet pools of the Tongariro River, to summer boat fishing on Lake Taupo, or the complete solitude of Lake Otamangakau.
  • The climate is temperate, and ranges from very warm summer temperatures to winter snowfalls. Be sure to come prepared, as cold weather is possible at any time of the year.
  • River levels are prone to change during high rain fall- Keep yourself safe by following some simple steps- see wading safety.

Recreational water releases
These releases occur at the Rangipo, Poutu and Whakapapa power schemes. For dates see Tongariro Power Scheme recreational releases.

Prohibited access to Motutaiko Island
Motutaiko Island is 3.4 km off the shore of Lake Taupo. Access without the consent of the Motutaiko Island Trustees is forbidden - see maps and access.


Turangi Office
Phone:   +64 7 384 7106
Address:   3 Town Centre
Turangi 3334
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