Sunset fishing at Waitahanui (Photo: Martyn Davies)

Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest body of freshwater and it is home to some of the best trout fishing at any time of the year.

The southern tip of the lake, Turangi, is known as the ‘Trout Fishing Capital of New Zealand’ and is perfect for fly fishermen as well as anglers who are keen to learn more about fly fishing amidst beautiful scenery.

Surrounded by lodges, bed and breakfasts, motels and holiday parks, the location also provides travellers with resident trout and fly fishing guides, and specialises in hospitality for overseas anglers.

Hot pools are available for use everyday in Taupo, Turangi and Tongariro (Photo: Catja Carlson).

The two main rivers which feed Lake Taupo are the Tongariro and Tauranga-Taupo Rivers, and these waters are great for fishing regardless of season.

There are boats for charter that can bring you to drop-offs in the middle of the lake, if trolling and jigging are your preferred methods of fishing.

Nearby, the Hinemaiaia River at Hatepe, the Tauranga- Taupo River and the Waitahanui are home to schools of trout due to the water conditions which are perfect for spawning and rearing young fish.

Certain parts of these waters are protected but the lower sections of Taupo District’s river are open to fishing all year around.

There are tackle shops available and setups are also hireable, so you don’t have to lug your gear around.

One thing that you must have however is a Taupo District fishing license which can be bought from Visitor Information Centres, fishing or outdoor stores in the region.

Thrill seekers can take on the bungy at the lake.

Apart from angling at Lake Taupo, you can indulge in a wide range of activities including golfing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, skydiving and white water rafting.

Dominant species in the lake

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout

Getting there

Several airlines fly to Auckland and Wellington from Singapore, and once there, you may take a 45-minute connecting flight to Taupo airport or choose to take a four-hour drive which follows the edge of the lake, making it a very scenic journey. Do take note that if you are travelling from Wellington, you will miss out on the wonderful lakeside scenery on your way there. Buses can also get you to the lake but the journey time will increase by about two hours.

Quick facts about Lake Taupo

  • Location: North island of New Zealand
  • Surface area: 616km2
  • Perimeter: 193km
  • Deepest point: 186m
  • Weather: Temperate climate (2.2°C to 23.3°C)
  • The lake is a large volcanic crater

For more information, visit the Great Lake Taupo website.

*All images are taken from Destination Great Lake Taupo Facebook page


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