The quality and diversity of New Zealand’s fresh water species is perfect for the fly fishing purist. The average size of the trout is 3 to 4 pounds, exceeding most anglers' wildest imaginations. The reputation of New Zealand streams draws anglers from far and wide in search of a trophy fish, and each year trout in excess of ten pounds are landed.
Besides New Zealand's famous 'gin clear' streams and spring creeks, there are hundreds of fishable lakes throughout the country and the best areas are Rotorua, Central Plateau, Nelson, Canterbury, West Coast and the Lower South Island. Lakes throughout New Zealand are well worth a visit. Come for the trophies and linger for a while to experience gorgeous lodges, exquisite local food and wine, diverse landscapes and various activities.
How to get a fishing licence
You'll need a licence to go angling in New Zealand. There are two types of fishing licences - 24-hour licences and season licences. If you're an overseas visitor planning to fish for for longer than a day or so, the non-resident season licence is your best bet. Buy your licence online(opens in new window) or, once in New Zealand, visit a local hunting or fishing store that sells licences.
The Taupo District requires a separate licence to fish; Fish & Game licences cannot be used here. Use the DOC site(opens in new window) to find an agent or to buy your Taupo licence online.