Taupō fishing licences.
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Find out how to buy the licence needed for fishing in the Taupō district, including latest fees.

Buy a fishing licence

Get your fishing licence before your first trip for the season. Licences are valid from 1 July to 30 June each year.

Buy a Taupō fishing licence online or buy in person from a licence agent. 

Fishing licence district

Licences are for the Lake Taupō district only and do not cover Fish & Game areas.

The Lake Taupō district is Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into Lake Taupō, including:

  • Waikato River to Huka Falls
  • Lake Kuratau
  • Moawhango
  • Otamangakau

Check that you are fishing in the Lake Taupō district, as described above, before purchasing a licence.

Lake Rotoaira fishing: Anglers no longer need a Taupō fishing licence to fish at Lake Rotoaira. Buy a Lake Rotoaira licence.

Fishing licence fees

Licences for the Taupō district are available in the following categories (all GST-inclusive)

24-hour licence





Week licence





Whole-season licence







Family (allows for up to four children)




Definitions for licence categories

  • Family means:
    • one person, or one person and that person’s spouse or partner; and
    • the dependants of that person or those persons who
      • ordinarily or periodically reside with that person or those persons; and
      • are aged under 18 years on 1 July; and
    • the grandchildren of that person or those persons, who are aged under 18 years on 1 July.
  • Family licence means a licence that entitles the holder and the holder’s spouse or partner and any member of the holder’s family, to take trout within the Taupō District (except at the Tongariro National Trout Centre) during the 12-month period, beginning on 1 July and ending on 30 June, that is stated in the licence.
  • Senior means a person who is aged 65 years or older on 1 July.
  • Child means a person who is aged under 18 years on 1 July.
  • Non-resident means a person who is neither a New Zealand citizen nor a permanent resident (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009).
  • Partner means a civil union partner or a de facto partner.


Email: fishlicence@doc.govt.nz.

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