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Fly Fishing

New Zealand is renowned for its pristine rivers, lakes, and streams that offer excellent fly fishing opportunities. Lake Taupo is regarded as one of the premier fly fishing destinations in the country and attracts anglers from around the world. Here’s some information about fly fishing at Lake Taupo.

What is fly fishing?

Fly fishing is almost like an art and combines skill, technique, and an appreciation for the natural environment, offering a unique and immersive fishing experience.  Fly fishing is a unique way of catching fish where a thin and weighted fishing line is used and the bait a.k.a. an artificial “fly” is presented very delicately on the top of the water to imitate an insect that had landed on the water.

The casting technique is very unique and there are different strategies, but all of them involve casting the lain in the air back and forth – often known as false casting. The most important thing is to stay in the same level plane and stop your rod tip at the same point on both back-and-forth casts. You can go to a different level as long as you stay in the same plane on the forward and backward pass.

The most common fly fishing methods in Lake Taupo include:

  • wet fly fishing – where the “fly” is replicating insect activity below the water surface;
  • nymphing – artificial flies resemble young aquatic insects, larval, or sub-aquatic life forms such as worms and crustaceans;
  • dry fly fishing – the artificial fly floats on the surface of the water.

Each technique has its own merits and is suited to different conditions and fishing preferences.

What is fly fishing vs regular fishing?

There are a few key differences to consider between fly fishing and regular fishing. 

While regular fishing means that the bait such as worms, smelt, or flies is presented to the fish underwater, when fly fishing the artificial “fly” is presented on top of the water or just under it, to imitate the actions of a bug that’s just landed in the water. Fly fishing can be a more technical and precise method, requiring more skill to it. Regular fishing on the other hand is more accessible to beginners and is less technical.

When deciding between fly fishing and regular fishing, it often comes down to personal preference, skill level, and desired experience.

Ultimately, both fly fishing and regular fishing in Lake Taupo can be rewarding and enjoyable experiences, offering the chance to catch impressive rainbow trout and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings.

Equipment needed to fly fish

To go fly fishing, you’ll need a few essential pieces of equipment. Here’s a list of the basic gear required for fly fishing:

  • Fly fishing line is thicker and heavier compared to other fishing lines.
  • A rod that’s designed for fly fishing is typically longer and more flexible than other fishing rods to facilitate the casting of lightweight flies. 
  • In contrast to regular fishing the fly fishing reels are open and the main hand is positioned in front of the reel, not behind it. 
  • Flies are the artificial lures used in fly fishing. They come in a wide range of patterns, sizes, and types, including dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers.

Other essential accessories for fly fishing include a pair of fly fishing waders (if fishing in water), fly fishing boots, a fishing vest or pack to carry your gear and accessories, nippers or scissors to trim lines, forceps or hemostats to remove hooks.

If you don’t have your own equipment and want to try out fishing, you can take a private fishing charter, like White Striker Charters to catch some trout. Even better if you are a TOP 10 club member, as you can get 10% off the charter rate.

Best times to fish?

The fishing season in Lake Taupo typically runs from October 1st to June 30th, with the peak time being from October to April when the weather is warmer, and insect hatches are more abundant. 

The best times for fly fishing in Lake Taupo can vary depending on several factors, including the season, weather conditions, and the behaviour of the fish. 

Even though sunny summer days may be more inviting to go fishing, don’t underestimate overcast days, especially with a light drizzle, as they often lead to productive fishing as the rain can trigger insect activity and encourage trout to feed near the surface. 

Trout can be caught throughout the day, but early mornings and late afternoons are generally considered prime fishing times in Lake Taupo. During these times, fish are more active near the surface, feeding on insects or small baitfish.

It’s important to note that fishing can be unpredictable and it’s always a good idea to check with local fishing guides about current fishing conditions in Lake Taupo to get valuable insights and recommendations based on the specific time you plan to visit the area.

Tips on catching different fish

Lake Taupo is home to an abundance of rainbow and brown trout. These species thrive in the lake’s clear waters, making it an ideal location for fly fishing. There are several access points around Lake Taupo that are popular among anglers. These include boat ramps, jetties, and shorelines. Here are some tips for catching different fish species when fly fishing at Lake Taupo.

Rainbow Trout

To catch Rainbow trout you will need to focus on areas such as river mouths, stream inlets or drop-offs near weed beds. Rainbow Trout are known to feed near the surface, so use a variety of flies, including nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Experiment with different retrieve speeds and depths as well as consider using bright colours or flashy materials for your flies, to get the attention of rainbow trout.

Brown Trout

You will find brown trout in deeper pools, undercut banks and submerged structures where they usually hide. Brown trout is more selective in its feeding habits, so make sure to present your fly in a natural and realistic manner imitating patterns that mimic local baitfish and insects, and be very cautious, as brown trout can be easily scared. Brown trout is usually more active during early mornings and late evenings.

Local regulations at Lake Taupo for fly fishing

A Taupo Fishery fishing licence is necessary to fish in Lake Taupo and surrounding rivers and lakes. Please be aware that your New Zealand Fish and Game license cannot be used in the Taupo fishery district.

Get your fishing licence before your first trip for the season and familiarise yourself with the fishing regulations and catch limits set by the Department of Conservation (DOC).  

Taupo district fishing licences are valid for 12 months from 1st July to 30th June each year. 

The Lake Taupō district is Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into Lake Taupō, including:

  • Waikato River to Huka Falls
  • Lake Kuratau
  • Moawhango
  • Otamangakau

Buy a Taupō fishing licence online and buy your boat ramp permit from Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park reception. Contact us to learn more.


Whether you are an experienced angler or a beginner, Lake Taupo offers not only outstanding fly fishing opportunities but also stunning natural beauty. The surrounding area features breathtaking landscapes, geothermal attractions, and outdoor recreational activities, so why not combine your passion for fishing and a memorable stay on the shores of Lake Taupo by camping or staying in one of Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park cabins?

Get in touch with the reception at or call on 0800 668 229.

The Māori Rock Carvings that symbolise a more than 800-year-old event are renowned as the most extraordinary contemporary artwork in New Zealand and are one of the must-see attractions in Taupō. 

Read our blog to understand why:

Book a Māori Rock Carvings tour with Taupo Sailing Adventures and receive 10% off when you are a TOP 10 Member. Call us on 0800 668 229 to book or pop in and see our reception staff.
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Our Lakefront Glamping Domes offer a break with a difference for those wishing to escape their daily routine, unwind and reset. Enjoy a lakefront escape like no other where you can get close to nature without having to compromise on comfort or quality.

Whether you want romance, a serene honeymoon, a celebration, adventure holiday, or a simple break away from it all, you will find it here. All you need to do is pack a bag, jump in your car, and get here.
Book here today:
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Every Friday let's get together for a boogie with our awesome staff members Grace and Evan. 💃🕺


Learn the:
🕺Basic Rock & Roll steps,
🕺Rock & Roll waltz,
🕺Neon Moon,
🕺Rockabilly Stroll
🕺& a few basic line dances

Visit once and we’ll teach you the basics.

Visit more, and we’ll teach you more!!!!

Every Friday
7PM - 7PM
Recreation room

See you there!
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🗻 NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour 🗻

Internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier mountain film festival events an audience can expect up-close adventures, emotive and insightful cultural content, and the usual fast-paced, action-packed adrenaline entertainment making for an impressive programme that will have outdoor enthusiasts inspired and entertained.

This collection has something for everyone and is the perfect environment to fuel your imagination and plan your next adventure. 


👉 You can either watch them online or on Thu 27 Jul, 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Starlight Cinema.

More info @nzmountainfilm 

📸 Photo borrowed from @nzmffTaupo FB page.

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The Taupo region is full of geothermal activity with wild-coloured silica terraces, hot springs, and steam vents bursting from the ground. For visitors not looking to get hot and sweaty while trekking up a volcanic cone, these areas, such as Orakei Korako, offer an easy way to witness the geological wonders of New Zealand's volcanic foundations.

Either you are after a geothermal walk or relaxation in a hot pool, there are plenty of options for all.

🌋 Orakei Korako Cave & Geothermal Park
🌋 Tokaanu Thermal Walk
🌋 Spa Thermal Park
🌋 Craters of the Moon
🌋 Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa
🌋 Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs
🌋 Tokaanu Thermal Pools
🌋 Otumuheke Stream
🌋 AC Baths Hot Pools
🌋 Turtle Pools - Turangi

Which one is your favourite?

📸Photo by bryn beatson on Unsplash.

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Every Wednesday and Friday let's get together for a boogie with our awesome staff members Grace and Evan. 💃🕺


Learn the:
🕺basic Rock & Roll steps,
🕺Rock & Roll waltz,
🕺neon Moon,
🕺Rockabilly Stroll
🕺& a few basic line dances

Visit once we’ll teach you the basics.

Visit more, we’ll teach you more!!!!

Wednesdays and Fridays
7PM - 7PM
Recreation room

See you there!

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This week is all about celebrating Matariki, and why not to do it by staying at our park and enjoying the beautiful views of Lake Taupo? 🥰

We have a few powered and unpowered sites still available, so get in touch via DM and we will help you to make a booking or head to our website and make a booking there.

Not sure why to stay with us this week?

👉 activities for kids over Matariki Weekend - ✅check
👉 dancing some rock&roll with the staff on Friday - ✅check
👉 plenty of fun in Taupo to celabrate Matariki - ✅check
👉 magical views - ✅check
👉 great staff and facilities - ✅check

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Friday and Saturday the park will be doing Star Weaving & Pom Pom making

👉 11am to 1.30pm on each day in the Recreation Room

p.s. if you haven't booked your stay, do it now!

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Are you planning to go to Taupō Winter Festival? 

Food trucks and Le Pine & Co Local Live Music sessions every night till 8.00pm. Giant light sculptures, glow in the dark candy floss, fun activities and much much more. 

Create some memories for life during these school holidays.

Plan your activities and book your stay with us 

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Calm winter days are the best to enjoy the still and stunning Lake Taupo.

If you have a TOP10 club card, you can rent a kayak or sup from our park with 10% discount.

✅ Become a TOP 10 Club member and save not only 10%* off standard rates at TOP 10 Parks around NZ but get great local discounts for activities and restaurants.

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It says it all. Thank you! 💚💙

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Our park has a perfect location for a summer or winter adventure being only 30 minutes from Taupo township and 60 minutes from Whakapapa ski fields...

So... etiher you need a lift from the airport, want to go out for dinner, are attending an event or need to be dropped off at the hot pools, there are taxi / transportation services available in the area.

@my_waka_your_waka 021 146 7654
@greatlaketaxis 07 377 8990
@taupotaxis 07 378 5100

Or ask our friendly staff to help you with the bookings.

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@marketcentraltaupo  presents The Greenflea carboot sale on the first Sunday of every month - next one 2nd July!


This is an amazing wee carboot sale with a green twist! You will find quality reusable, recycled & repurposed items here including furniture, toys, tools, clothing, vintage & collectibles and second-hand books. 

All of this alongside their amazing main market. 🤩

📸Photo credit: Market Central Taupo

Go and explore the surroundings!

🗻Did you know that Mt Ruapehu is about 55 minutes’ drive south of the park for snow skiing in the winter season.

🚶If you want to just hang around the park, you are most welcome to walk throughout the holiday park grounds and along the lake front, which is very picturesque, but please do not go onto sites where other guests are staying.

🌿There is a walking track from Motutere Bay over the ridge to Waipihi, with unsurpassed views of the lake. The track starts about 100 metres past the northern end of the park along State Highway 1 on the right-hand side of the road (you will see the Ministry of Works area where there is usually gravel). The walk takes approximately 30 minutes each way, is quite steep at the beginning but is otherwise a fairly easy walk. At the Waipihi end you can cross over State Highway 1 and enjoy the beach at the rest area.

More information for activities in the region can be found at reception, our staff will be pleased to help you. <3

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What are you up to during School holidays?

Lake Taupo at winter time is looking magical, so let us know if you need help to choose the best site / accomodation for your winter get-away over the school break.

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So peaceful... and how one of our guests said after their stay "The views were breathtaking." 🥹🥰

We have some cabins and self-contained units available over the Winter School Holidays, as well as plenty of powered and unpowered sites. 

Are you coming?

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"Like Taupō in summer? You’ll love it in winter!"

Malcolm Flowers Insurances Taupō Winter Festival 2023

The majority of festival activities are located in and around the Tongariro North Domain and Great Lake Centre – the hub of Taupō.

The festival is brought to you by The One Taupō Trust. Money raised through the festival goes back to families in the region who are under financial hardship due to having children that require specialist medical care.

More info: 

Photo credit: Wayne Frost of

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