Sunset fishing, Waitahanui river mouth


The Taupō Trout Fishery has an international reputation for excellent fishing all year round. Wild rainbow and brown trout thrive in crystal clear rivers and lakes, set within a beautiful volcanic landscape.


A licence is required to fish in the Lake Taupō district. Licences are valid from 1 July to 30 June each year. Buy a Taupō fishing licence

See map of Taupō Fishing District and summary of regulations (PDF, 1,917K)

Taupō fishing licence photo competition

Have you taken a photo that captures the Taupō Trout Fishery? If so, enter our photo competition and be in to win a free Taupō fishing licence. Closes 21 May 2021.


Visit the Tongariro National Trout Centre and see the freshwater museum, aquarium, hatchery and fishing library, feed wild trout or attend a kids fishing day.

The Taupō for Tomorrow programme is a practical way to learn about sustainability, freshwater environments, trout ecology and fly-fishing.



Subscribe to Taupō Fishery Focus, our bi-monthly newsletter. Catch up on previous editions you may have missed.

Dip into the archive and read old copies of Target Taupō (1989-2015).

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