Introduction

Anglers who hold a current Taupō District fishing licence are entitled to walk within a 20 metre right of way along the banks of the main fishing rivers flowing into Lake Taupo.

Under the Maori Land Amendment and Maori Land Claims Adjustment Act 1926 an angler who is the holder of a current Taupō District fishing licence is entitled to walk within a 20 metre right of way along the banks of the main fishing rivers flowing into Lake Taupō. For the most part this access is across privately owned Maori land and the access rights do not include access for vehicles.

On some rivers the right of way extends from the mouth, upstream for a defined distance and on other rivers all the way to their source.

For more information check the angling information signs located at key access points on the major fishing rivers. See also fishing access tracks.

A Taupō District fishing licence is required for Lake Taupō and its tributaries. A fishing licence purchased for other parts of New Zealand is not valid in this area. You can buy a licence online  or from licence agents.

Tongariro River map (PDF, 383K)

Prohibited access to Motutaiko Island

Motutaiko Island lies 3.4 km off the south-eastern shore of Lake Taupō in the rohe of Ngati Te Rangiita, a hapu of Ngati Tuwharetoa. The island covers 11 hectares and is steeped in spiritual and cultural significance for the Ngati Tuwharetoa Iwi (tribe). The whole of Motutaiko Island is tapu (sacred) to the people of Ngati Tuwharetoa Iwi and is privately owned.

For these reasons, landing on, visiting, swimming, or carrying out any activities on the island, without the consent of the Motutaiko Island Trustees, is forbidden.

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