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Great Lake Taupo Fishing License


 Trout Fishing

Whether fishing independently or with a guide, you must have a licence to fish for trout, salmon and coarse fish in New Zealand and carry it with you when fishing. A licence permits you to fish according to the current regulations for the region.

The regional regulations define where, when and how you can fish specific waters. They also specify the maximum number of fish you can take and the mininum size of fish.

A Fish & Game licence covers all of New Zealand except the Great Lake Taupo fishery area (and an additional back-country licence is required for a few specified rivers). The Great Lake Taupo district requires a separate licence to fish it, as this fishery has always been managed by a government agency as part of the original access agreement with local Maori.

Taupo Fishing Licenses

The Taupo fishery area is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and a special licence is required to fish in the Taupo region. Fish & Game licences cannot be used here. A full year licence is valid from 1 July and expires at the end of June.

You can choose to purchase an adult or a child licence that allows you to fish Taupo for either 24 hours, one week or a full year (subject to the regulations). Licences for the Taupo District are available in the following categories (all GST-inclusive for 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013):

Adult season NZ$90.00
Adult week NZ$38.00
Adult 24 hour NZ$17.00
Child season NZ$12.50
Child 24 hour NZ$4.50

Don't forget to get your new licence before your first trip for the season!

Where to obtain a Taupo licence

Taupo fishing licences can be obtained from licence agents in many North Island New Zealand towns and cities. View the full list of Taupo licensed agents.

Check out DOC's website for more information on fishing rules & regulations in the Lake Taupo region or download the full 23 page pdf Taupo Fishery Regulations (last updated 26 February 2010).

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