Management of the Taupō Trout Fishery

The Lake Taupō Sports Fishery is managed by the Crown, initially through the Department of Internal Affairs, the New Zealand Wildlife Service and now the Department of Conservation, and Ngāti Tūwharetōa.

This relationship was established in the 1926 Māori Land Amendment and Māori Land Claims Adjustment Act. In 2007 an agreement between the Crown and Ngāti Tūwharetoa clarified property rights and further simplified payments from those specified in the 1926 Act (including in respect to revenue from the fisheries). The 2007 agreement made it clear that Ngāti Tūwharetoa owns the bed of, subsoil and space occupied by water in, and the airspace above Lake Taupō, including the Waikato River to Huka Falls and the tributaries that flow into Lake Taupō. 

The Lake Taupō Sport Fishery is managed with a philosophy to allow for the wild fishery to flourish with a minimum of management interference. The Department is also committed to ensuring that fishery management is a collabrative partnership between iwi and the Crown with a focus on a sustainable wild fishery serving iwi, recreational anglers and future generations.

Lake Taupō is the largest freshwater lake in the southern hemisphere. It has some of the best trout fishing in the world and receives the highest level of angling use of any fishery in the country, accounting for approximately 40% of New Zealand’s total freshwater sports fishing. It provides exciting river and lake fishing all year round in a stunning natural setting. It attracts anglers from all around the world and is integral to the economic wellbeing of Taupō and the wider region.

The Taupō Fishery includes Lake Taupō and its tributary rivers, including the Waikato River to Huka Falls, Lake Moawhango, Lake Kuratau, and Lake Otamangakau. Although Lake Rotoaira is part of the Taupō Fishing District, it is privately owned and administered by the Lake Rotoaira Trust.

Scenic photo of Lake Taupō with the mountain back drop. Photo: John Gibbs.
Lake Taupō

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