Buy a fishing licence online

Below is the link to DOC's new tool for buying Taupo fishing licences online.

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
  • Moawhango
  • Otamangakau

Check that you are fishing in the Lake Taupo district, as described above, before making a purchase as NO refunds are possible. During the pilot you can buy a single licence per transaction. If you require more than one licence, you will need to make multiple transactions.


  • Adult Season Licence Valid from: 01 July 2014 05:00 Valid To: 30 Jun 2015 23:59 - $90.00 each Adult
  • Week Licence: $38.00 each Adult
  • 24 Hour Licence: $17.00 each
  • Child Season Licence Valid from: 01 July 2014 05:00 Valid To: 30 Jun 2015 23:59 - $12.50 each Child
  • 24 Hour Licence: $4.50 each

River flow information for the Tongariro

Measured at the Major Jones pool, from Genesis Energy.

Tongariro Expeditions

Current track conditions

Fishing Reports

Sporting LifeJared's regular fishing updates for the Taupo region, particularly the Tongariro River.
Mike HughesTongariro fishing guide, Mike Hughes, with reports and heaps of info for fishing the Tongariro River.
SuperflyWide range of information and fishing reports for the region.
NZFishing.comComprehensive New Zealand wide trout fishing information.
Tony BishopThe popular 'Bish & Fish' blog by Tony Bishop.
Greig SportsFishing reports for the region.
TRM on FacebookTRM's Facebook page with reports and comments.
DOC's Review of the Taupo Sports FisheryExploring Future Opportunities for the Taupo Fishery: A Review of the Taupo Sports Fishery - 20 May 2013
Fishing and Outdoors newspaperMonthly newspaper dealing with fishing and outdoor pursuits.

Weather Reports

Turangi Weather ForecastA detailed breakdown of weather forecast for Turangi.
Whakapapa Snow ReportSnow report for Mt. Ruapehu - Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields.
Tongariro National Park Mountain ForecastFor those venturing into the world heritage protected Tongariro National Park.
Tongariro CrossingForecasts for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Important Fly Fishing Sites

Department of Conservation (DOC)DOC are the Taupo Fishery Managers.
Fish & Game's Reel LifeFish & Game manage the freshwater fisheries throughout the rest of NZ and publish their own very comprehensive newsletter with regional reports.
Rafting New ZealandJust the greatest for rafting the upper Tongariro River! Luke & Pianika Boddington - Ph. 0800 VOLCANO - 41 Ngawaka Place (opposite the climbing wall), Also check out their Taupo base - Whitewater World at 46 Ruapehu Street.
Tongariro National Trout CentreFor information on Kids' Fishing Days
Taupo Trout Fishery on FacebookProfiles the work of the Taupo fishery team in managing the Lake Taupo trout fishery.
NZFFANew Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers - Protecting and enhancing and fostering the sport and interests of freshwater anglers in New Zealand. Free membership - join today. All who care about NZ’s freshwater fisheries are urged to become members of NZFFA so they can be a more effective advocate for freshwater fisheries.

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Tackle Shops

Sporting LifeGraham Whyman has the largest tackle shop in Turangi Mall – Ph. (07) 386 8996
Greig SportsTurangi tackle shop in the Mall – Ph. Tim (07) 386 6911
Creel Tackle ShopGrant & Deb Alley in Turangi’s most popular cafe and Steven in tackle shop at 189 Taupahi Road, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 7929
The StoreStella & Pete’s petrol station includes a tackle shop and a great cafe next to the Tauranga-Taupo River.
Taupo Rod and TackleTaupo’s oldest original tackle shop – Mathew Pate at 7 Tongariro Street – at the lake end opposite the big silver trout. Ph. (07) 378 5337.

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Fishing Guides

Richard MowforthEmail: Ph. 021 081 89705
Harry MooresEmail: Ph. 022 1589 130
Mike HughesPh. 021 023 85008
Ken Drummond
Email: SH1 near Tauranga Taupo River, Ph. (07) 386 0411
Whiskery Mike
Turangi Trout Connection Ph. 021 135 7838
Bryce CurlePh. (07) 386 6813
Bill GraceBoat fishing on Lake Taupo, Email: Ph. (07) 386-6614 or 027 620 7326
Peter Canziani
Wir sprechen deutsch, On parle francais, Si parla italiano, and English of course. Ph. 027 445 2644
Peter WiltonPh. (07) 377 2247
Ian Jenkins196 Taupahi Road, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 0840
Frank and Carol HarwoodPh. (07) 386 6404
Andrew ChristmasPh. 021 116 2752
Brett CameronCentral Plateau Fishing. Ph. 027 6814 134
Chris BrennanEmail: Ph. +64 7 3773247 Mobile + 64 21 249 0212

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Other Local Sites

Turangi Ski HireSue & Wendy - great people -
25 Turanga Place, Ph. (07) 386 8658, email:
Tongariro ExpeditionsDaily bus transport for Tongariro Alpine Crossing shuttle service. Ph. 0800 828 763
Mountain ShuttleTransportation for the Tongariro Crossing.
Walking PlacesGuided walks with Terry Blumhardt - Ph. 0800 4 A Walk, International +64 273 089 689
Tongariro Quad AdventuresMalcolm Sutton - Ph. (07) 378 2662
Kayak Wai Maori247 Puanga Street, Tokaanu. Ph. (07) 386 0352
Tokaanu Thermal PoolsMangaroa Street, Tokaanu. Ph. (07) 386 8575
Great Lake TaupoGreat Lake Taupo info site on everything you always wanted to know...
Tongariro NZComprehensive coverage of information about Turangi and it attractions and facilities.
Turangi Visitor CentreiSite, 1 Ngawaka Pl, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 8999

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Local Dining

Bridge Fishing Lodge
SH1, Ph. (07) 386 8804
Hong Kong Restaurant
Town Centre, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 7526
Lakeland HouseWaihi Road, Waihi. Ph. (07) 386 6442
Tongariro Lodge
Grace Road, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 7946
Tokaanu Turangi RSA
Katopu Place, Turangi. (07) 386 8717
Valentinos Italian RestaurantTown Centre, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 8821
Turangi TavernTown Centre, Turangi. Friendly local with typical pub meals.
RUSTTown Centre - ph. (07) 386 5947 - Turangi’s latest “tapa” bar - highly recommended

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Alternative Local Accommodation

The Birches Homestay13 Koura Street, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 5140
Extreme Backpackers26 Ngawaka Place, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 8949
Creel Lodge183 Taupahi Road, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 8081
Judges Pool Motel92 Taupahi Road, Turangi. (Chris & Jill Hill) Ph. (07) 386 7892
Sportsmans Lodge15 Taupahi Road, Turangi. (Doug & Betty) Ph. (07) 386 8150
Bridge Fishing LodgeSH1, Turangi. Ph. (07) 386 8804
Brown Trout B&B or homestay11 Kokopu Street, Turangi. Ph. 386 0308

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Great New Zealand TrekNothing at all to do with fishing but deserves to be included as such a great event...
Project TongariroProject Tongariro (Tongariro Natural History Society) is a group of people with an interest in the Tongariro National Park and a commitment to conservation.
100% Pure NZWelcome to New Zealand, a place with many experiences, adventures, open spaces, fun places and sheer beauty. Start planning your New Zealand holiday now.
Walking Access CommissionThe Walking Access Commission has an excellent new website that will allow you to easily identify land open to public access, including public access to and alongside rivers.

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