Introduction

Find out how to buy the special licence needed for fishing in the Taupo district, including latest fees and licence agents.

Several significant changes to the Taupo Trout Fishery regulations took effect on 1 July 2017. Read about the changes to regulations


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

Buy a Taupo fishing licence online or buy in person from a licence agent

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 2 (all GST-inclusive)

24-hour licence

Adult

20.00

Child

4.50

Week licence

Adult

42.00

Non-resident

65.00

Whole-season licence

Adult

99.00

Senior

90.00

Non-resident

129.00

Family (allows for up to four children)

149.00

Child

12.50

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

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

Definitions for licence categories:

  • family means:
    • one person, or one person and that person’s spouse or partner; and
    • the dependants of that person or those persons who
      • ordinarily or periodically reside with that person or those persons; an
      • are aged under 18 years on 1 July; and
    • the grandchildren of that person or those persons, who are aged under 18 years on 1 July, being the first day of the 12-month period, beginning on 1 July and ending on 30 June, that is stated in the licence.
  • family licence means a licence that entitles the holder and the holder’s spouse or partner and, if any member of the holder’s family is accompanied by the holder or the holder’s spouse or partner, the member of the holder’s family, to take trout within the Taupo District (except at the Tongariro National Trout Centre) during the 12-month period, beginning on 1 July and ending on 30 June, that is stated in the licence.
  • senior means a person who is aged 65 years or older on 1 July, being the first day of the 12-month period, beginning on 1 July and ending on 30 June, that is stated in the licence.
  • non-resident means a person who is neither a New Zealand citizen nor a permanent resident (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009).
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