Lake Taupo Fishing Licences

Taupo trout fishing is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Whether fishing independently or with fly fishing guides in Taupo, you must have a licence to fish for trout, salmon or coarse fish in New Zealand. You need to always carry your fishing licence with you when fishing in Taupo. 

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.

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). Lake Taupo fishing licence can be purchased online from DOC, from the Taupo and Turangi Visitor Information Centres and selected fishing and outdoor shops.

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 2014 to 30 June 2015):

  • 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.