Visit the legendary Lake Taupo, the home of fly fishing in New Zealand.

If you look at a map of the North Island, Lake Taupo stands out as the geographic centre. It's also where New Zealand trout fishing really took off and from which the angling world started to hear tales of huge fish being caught by anyone with a rod and line. A whole slew of collectable angling books were written about the area. Today, anglers still arrive to fish the same tributaries that feed Lake Taupo. The most impressive and historical location is the mighty Tongariro River(opens in new window). Parts of the river are a great base for numerous smaller trout streams.

Many anglers will say that they feel like they are fishing in a tropical paradise when they throw out a line on one of the central North Island rivers. With their fern-line banks dripping with moisture and mountainous backdrop, time stands still. Helicopter trips from Lake Taupo into the world-famous backcountry rivers are guaranteed to make your stay even more unique, and create once in a lifetime moments.

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Browse through fly fishing guides near Lake Taupo or contact one of the expert guides in Turangi close to the famous Tongariro River.

Recommended Experiences

  1. Tongariro Lodge

    Tongariro Lodge is New Zealand's most iconic trout fishing lodge. Situated on the banks of the legendary Tongariro River on the Southern shores of Lake Taupo. Enjoy the outdoors in style perfect for trout fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts.

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  2. River Birches

    River Birches is the closest boutique five-star Luxury Lodge to the Tongariro Crossing. The Lodge is set within a peaceful garden-scape beside the renown Tongariro River.

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  3. Poronui Lodge

    Poronui is a luxury sporting lodge for the discerning traveller. Stay at the legendary Poronui Lodge, exclusive Blake House, or experience luxury camping at Safari Camp; and be assured of superb kiwi hospitality, innovative menus and fine wines.

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  4. Tui Lodge

    Tui Lodge was purposely built as a B&B and opened in 2005. Large guest lounge, under floor heating 4 ensuite bedrooms with view of Mt Pihanga and Kaimanawa Ranges. Very close to the Tongariro River.

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