Trout Fishing

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Bordered by the Tongariro River, a wild rainbow trout fishery without peer, the town of Turangi is heralded as “the trout fishing capital of the world”. Many visitors to Parklands Motorlodge take the opportunity to fish the river or the large lake it feeds, Lake Taupo. Read our latest Trout Fishing blog to find great local fly fishing contacts and view some amazing trout fishing photos.

A variety of guided fishing/accommodation packages, tailored to suit individual needs, can be arranged — from half and full day excursions to local multi-day trips or back country wilderness adventures. Fly fishing trips to more isolated angling destinations by raft, helicopter, or 4X4 bike may appeal to the more intrepid.

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Parklands’ owner, Craig Morey, is an avid fisher/hunter and his welcoming bar/restaurant, a favourite destination for Turangi’s angling identities and professional guides, embraces all newcomers. Over a quiet drink or meal, guests can converse with personable experts about fishing, or book guided trips on more than 40 fishable rivers and four lakes. Noted fishing guides to frequent Parklands include Garth Oakden, Graham Dean, Bryce Curle, and Bill Grace — all proficient at providing unforgettable fishing fun.

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Fishing Options

  • Boat harling
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Downrigging on Lake Taupo
  • Rivermouth flyfishing around Lake Taupo
  • Dry fly fishing
  • Nymph fishing
  • Wet fly fishing

Fishing Seasons

In recent years, primary spawning runs in rivers from Lake Taupo have moved from mid-winter (May to July) to late spring and early summer (October to December). Consequently, while fishing is consistent throughout the year, best results on these waters are now most likely from October through March, with February being a prime month. Each Oct 1 to May 31, a host of nearby non-Taupo licence waters open, providing exceptional river and small stream dry fly and nymph fishing in both pastoral and wilderness environments.

More Information

More information on fishing New Zealand generally, and Taupo specifically, can be obtained from the following: