Central North Island

Wild rainbow and brown trout are plentiful in the Taupo Trout Fishery.

Wild rainbow and brown trout are plentiful in the Taupo Trout Fishery

Map showing Central North Island region.

The Taupo Trout Fishery provides for exciting river and lake fishing all year round, and attracts anglers from all around the world seeking to test their skills against its wild rainbow and brown trout. 

Within a relatively small geographic area, anglers can enjoy all sorts of fishing styles depending on the time of the year and their angling skill.

Also, within the same area is a variety of landscapes - from fishing the strong currents and quiet pools of the Tongariro River, to summer boat fishing on Lake Taupo, or the complete solitude of Lake Otamangakau.

The climate is temperate, and ranges from very warm summer temperatures to winter snowfalls. Be sure to come prepared, as cold weather is possible at any time of the year.

Prohibited access to Motutaiko Island
Motutaiko Island is 3.4 km off the shore of Lake Taupo. Access without the consent of the Motutaiko Island Trustees is forbidden. See Maps and access

Recreational water releases
Recreational water releases occur at the Rangipo, Poutu and Whakapapa power schemes. For dates, see Tongariro Power Scheme Recreational Releases 2014 


The Taupo Fishery includes Lake Taupo and its catchment, the Waikato River down to Huka Falls, lakes Moawhango and Otamangakau, but not Lake Rotoaira.

Find out more

Learn more

Buy a fishing licence online - buy a licence to fish in the Lake Taupo district.


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Central North Island places


Turangi Office
Phone:      +64 7 384 7106
Email:   taupo@doc.govt.nz
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