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.


  • Lake fishing: The Taupō district offers a range of options for the lake angler, from the great lake expanse, to the solitude of fishing a small stream mouth at night.
  • River and stream fishing: Six rivers flow into the eastern flank of Lake Taupō, making up some of the best trout fly fishing in the world. The Tongariro is the most famous river in the district, and offers spectacular fly fishing.

More information about where to fish.

Read Taupō Fishery Focus – a newsletter by trout anglers for trout anglers.

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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 Taupō, 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 Taupō. Access without the consent of the Motutaiko Island Trustees is forbidden - see maps and access.

Illegal activities

If you see any illegal fishing activity, phone the Taupō 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.


Turangi Office
Phone:   +64 7 384 7106
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   3 Town Centre
Turangi 3334
Postal Address:   Private Bag 2
Turangi 3353
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