Lake Taupo Fishing Licences

Trout fishing is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Whether fishing independently or with fly fishing guides, you must have a fishing licence and carry it with you when fishing for trout in the Great Lake Taupo region.

A fishing 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 minimum size of fish you can take home.

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

The Great 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

Purchasing Your Fishing Licence

A full year Lake Taupo fishing licence is valid from 1 July and expires at the end of June. You can choose to purchase an adult or a child fishing licence that allows you to fish in Lake Taupo for 24 hours, one week or a full year (subject to the regulations).

This year DOC's new online licensing system is making it easier to get out and get fishing; now you can buy your licence online from the comfort of your own home. Fishing licences can also be purchased from the Taupo and Turangi Visitor Information Centres and selected current licence agents.

From the 2015 -2016 year onwards, season licences will also be available as a printed plastic card. Designed as an easy to carry and waterproof licence, these will be mailed out to customers after they purchase a season licence.

Trout needs to be minimum 40cm in size

Licences for the Lake Taupo District are available in the following categories (all GST-inclusive for 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016):

  • 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

Trout can not be bought or sold commercially within New Zealand. However local restaurants will happily prepare and serve privately caught trout, but you are best to arrange this with plenty of time in advance. There is a 3 fish limit per person per day with a minimum size of 40 cms.


DOC Fishing Licence Competition

Buying your licence this year has an added bonus – anglers who purchase a season licence online or via current licence agents before 5pm, 31 August 2015 will automatically be in to win either a pair of Simms waders and boots, or a Lowrance elite-5x colour fish finder.

Head online to for further details.


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