Fishing

Scenic Lake Taupo cruise and boat fishing

At 616-square kilometres, it is the land mass equivalent of Singapore. The lake’s attractive pumice sand beaches give it the appearance of an inland ocean and it offers excellent all year round scenic lake cruises and fishing experiences. Most fishing on the lake takes the form of trolling using either lures or flies, with the catch averaging around four pounds.

All prices quoted below are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). 

Half-day Lake Taupo cruising on board the Waianiwa

Your 4-hour cruise will take you to the Maori rock carvings and on a clear day the majestic volcanoes of Mts. Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro can be seen at the Southern end of the lake.

Waianiwa (package #1)

You will have the opportunity to fish on board this stylish 50ft twin-diesel launch with a cruising speed of between 12-20 knots.

• NZ$1,460.00 for 2 guests.

• NZ$1,586.00 for 3 guests.

• NZ$1,713.00 for 4 guests.

• NZ$127.00 per additional guest.

A kayak can be arranged to explore the inlets of the Western Bays.

Includes tea and coffee, a buffet luncheon, wine and beverages, and all fishing equipment and fishing licences and clay target shooting (if weather conditions permit).

If you would like to enjoy the thrill of water-skiing, wake boarding and the ski biscuit, this can be arranged at an additional cost, please contact Reception.

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Full-day Lake Taupo cruising on board the Waianiwa

Your 8-hour cruise will give you the whole day in which to explore the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo and experience all that it has to offer, especially the beauty and isolation of the Western Bays.

Waianiwa (package #2)

Includes tea and coffee, a buffet luncheon, wine and beverages, and all fishing equipment and fishing licences.

• NZ$2,750.00 for 2 guests.

• NZ$2,940.00 for 3 guests.

• NZ$3,130.00 for 4 guests.

• NZ$190.00 per additional guest.

Charges begin from when your guide arrives and end upon your return to Huka Lodge. Should the Waianiwa be unavailable an alternative vessel may be used.

Hourly rates for a lake cruise and for fishing activities are also available, please contact Reception.

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fly_fishingFly fishing

Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman or a complete novice you will find fly fishing both a delight and a challenge. The world-renowned Tongariro River is classed as one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world and is also New Zealand’s most popular fishing. Only a 25-minute drive from Huka Lodge, the Tongariro River is a considerable attraction to keen fishermen the world over.

Anglers come to the Tongariro to fish for spawning trout which run up the river from the lake over the colder winter months, both Rainbow and Brown trout frequent these waters and disappointments are rare.

Your fishing guide will pick you up in a four-wheel drive vehicle from the Lodge and return you again. They will provide top quality rods, reels, waders and flys. Charges begin from when your guide arrives and end upon your return to Huka Lodge. All prices are based on a maximum of two anglers per guide.

All prices quoted below are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). 

Fly fishing casting lessons

Our experienced fly fishing instructor will meet you on the Huka Lodge lawn at a time convenient to you. This knowledge and these techniques will equip you well for future fishing experiences. No wading required.

• NZ$278.00 for up to 2 hours, for 2 guests.

Half-day fly fishing

A 4-hour fishing safari, inclusive of equipment, transport and fishing licences. Morning or afternoon departure times are available.

• NZ$586.00 for 1 guest.

• NZ$603.00 for 2 guests.

Additional time will be charged at NZ$116.00 per hour.

Full-day river fly fishing

A full-day of guided fly fishing (8 hours including travelling). Inclusive of transport, picnic lunches, fishing licences and all fishing equipment.

• NZ$1,088.00 for 1-2 guests.

Full-day raft fly fishing

The abundance of wild trout in the mighty Tongariro River is incomparable. The wilderness section of the upper river, with its cold, clear natural pools and runs, provides from the 01 December to 31 May, angling isolation, as well as large numbers of quality fighting fish. Raft-fishing trips can be made to suit every angler’s specific needs. Experienced guides are available to help locate and net your first fat Taupo Rainbow.

• NZ$2,035.00 per day – for 1-2 anglers.

Remote wilderness fly fishing

Summer in Taupo is the dry fly fisherman’s Mecca. The tributary streams will still produce smaller fish to a well presented dry fly but most often the action is in the hills to the east of Lake Taupo. The helicopter has opened up the rivers of the Kaweka, Kaimanawa and Urewera Ranges to the fly fisherman and you can now access the Ngaruroro, Upper Mohaka, Rangitikei, Wanganui, and Waiau. The trophy-size Rainbow and Brown trout can be sighted in the crystal clear streams, challenging your skills with either a dry-fly, nymph or light spinning tackle. Our experienced guides will provide you with the local knowledge for the angling experience of a lifetime. ‘Catch and release’ is the practice, however there are always great photo opportunities.

A full-day trip of 8 hours, inclusive of return helicopter transfers, fishing guide, all fishing equipment, picnic lunches, licences and any private landing fees applicable.

• NZ$4,219.00 for 1 guest and guide.

• NZ$6,236.00 for 2 guests and guide in Squirrel helicopter.

• NZ$4,617.00 for 2 guests and guide in R44 helicopter.

The cost for 3 or more guests is available from Reception.

Available from 01 November until 01 May.