Buy a fishing licence

Get your new fishing licence before your first trip for the season. The Taupo fishing season begins on the 1 July each year. 

Purchase a fishing licence

DOC is piloting a new tool for buying fishing licences online. Try the new online purchase tool.

If you would like to buy in person, view a list of licence agents where you can get a Taupo fishing licence.

Fishing licence district

Licences are for the Lake Taupo district only and do not cover Fish & Game areas.

The Lake Taupo district is Lake Taupo and the tributaries flowing into Lake Taupo, including:

  • Waikato River to Huka Falls
  • Lake Kuratau
  • Lake Rotoaira (an access permit is also required for this privately owned lake) 1
  • Moawhango
  • Otamangakau

Check that you are fishing in the Lake Taupo district, as described above, before purchasing a licence.

Fishing licence fees

Licences for the Taupo district are available in the following categories (all GST-inclusive)

2014 licence fees (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015)
Adult season NZ$90.00
Adult week NZ$38.00
Adult 24 hour NZ$17.00
Child season 2 NZ$12.50
Child 24 hour NZ$4.50


1 Access permits for Lake Rotoaira can be purchased from the following;

  • Creel Tackle House and Cafe 189 Taupahi Rd, Turangi
  • Turangi i-SITE Ngawaka Pl, Turangi
  • The Store State Highway 1, Te Rangiita, Turangi
  • Lake Rotoaira Campground State Highway 46, Lake Rotoaira, Turangi

2 Child means a person who is—

  • under the age of 16 years; or
  • 16 years of age or older and attending school full time as a pupil

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

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Turangi Office
Phone:      +64 7 384 7106
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