7 Days 690 km


  • All year round fishing
  • Famous Tongariro River
  • Big rainbow trout



The Central Plateau in New Zealand's North Island is legendary for its big rainbow trout. Some of the best fishing spots are to be found off the beaten track. Visit the famous Tongariro River, epic Lake Taupo and lively Rotorua on this week-long fly-fishing itinerary.

The Central Plateau is known for its mild weather meaning this itinerary can be completed at any time of the year. 

Day 1: Spend the day in Auckland

Auckland Harbour, Auckland


Vibrant city style and stunning natural landscapes


  • Explore Auckland Harbour by kayak
  • Climb Rangitoto volcanic cone
  • Indulge in a little inner-city culture


Discover a combination of metropolitan delights and natural landscapes.

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Fly into Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Take some time to explore - stroll through the CBD and head towards the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter beside the ocean. Auckland has some exquisite food and wine. For a fine dining experience, try one of the eateries on Federal Street right beside the easy to spot Sky Tower.

Auckland is also home to great museums and galleries. The Maritime Museum at the Viaduct offers harbour cruises aboard its fully restored heritage scow.

Day 2: Auckland to Lake Taupō

Trout fishing, Taupō


Explore Australasia's largest lake


  • Exceptional trout fishing
  • Huka Falls jet boat
  • Relax in natural hot pools


Spend the first half of the day travelling from Auckland to Lake Taupo through the rolling green hills and lush farmlands made famous by The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. As you near Taupo, you'll have the opportunity to visit Huka Falls where the mighty Waikato River squeezes through a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The result is 220,000 litres of water blasting over the falls every second.

Spend the afternoon exploring Lake Taupo, with a gentle stroll along the lakeside, a fishing trip or if you're in the mood for some golf, there are a number of top golf courses nearby. Try Wairakei or the Kinloch Club.

Day 3 - 4: Taupō to Tūrangi

Trout fishing, Taupō


  • Famous Tongariro River
  • White-water rafting
  • Cycle the Tongariro River Trail



On the banks of the Tongariro River and famous for its rainbow trout.

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The next two days are all about the fishing. If you want to book a guided fishing experience, Taupo has plenty of expert guides from which to choose. A helicopter tour is an excellent way to reach remote backcountry rivers.

Many anglers choose to base themselves in nearby Turangi, beside the world famous Tongariro River. This area has famous fishing spots in almost every direction, including ‘The Delta’, ‘The Hole’, ‘Little Big O’ and ‘Tailrace’ (believed to contain the world’s fattest trout).

For non-fishers, there are numerous activities on offer such as rafting the Tongariro River, or cycling the River Trail.

Day 5 - 6: Fly-fishing in Rotorua

Fly fishing, Rotorua


Mud pools, adventure and unique Maori culture


  • Rainbow trout & tiger trout
  • Hot pools and geothermal attractions
  • Maori cultural experiences


Today you'll travel on to Rotorua, where you'll find a centre of geothermal activity packed with beautiful lakes and rivers perfect for fishing. Set aside the day for fishing. There are 13 fishable lakes in the Rotorua region and all of these offer exceptional opportunities to catch big Rainbow Trout and Tiger Trout. Go alone or work with one of the region's expert guides.

Non-fishers may want to check out the region's many geothermal attractions or visit one of the Maori villages for a unique cultural experience.

Day 7: Return to Auckland via Hobbiton

Hobbiton, Waikato


  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Explore Auckland's eatery precincts
  • Museums and art galleries



Go behind the scenes of New Zealand's real Middle‑earth™ film set.

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Depart the land of geothermal activity and head for Auckland via Matamata. As you pass through Matamata, visit Hobbiton and experience the Hobbiton Movie Set. It's not to be missed!

End your journey in scenic Auckland, City of Sails. Take a sunset kayaking trip to Rangitoto or just relax with a delicious meal at the Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter or Britomart. 

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