Taupo Fishing Guides

For almost a century, trout fishermen from around the world have descended on Lake Taupo and it’s tributary rivers and streams to enjoy the thrill of angling in pristine surroundings… The challenge of setting a hook into, and then and landing a feisty wild Rainbow or Brown Trout in serene alpine locations remains its universal appeal.

Both Brown and Rainbow trout were introduced into Lake Taupo’s pristine waters beginning in the 1890s. From that point onward, the areas renown has grown steadily. Long appreciated a true Angler’s Paradise, the Taupo region has set the standard for trout angling throughout New Zealand and around the globe.

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Professional Lake Taupo fishing guide Gareth Bayliss operates in one of the most scenic and highly regarded trout fishing locations in the world. He is enthusiastic about flyfishing and New Zealand’s outdoors, and loves sharing his knowledge with both new and returning clientele. If you are planning a New Zealand fishing adventure, then you really should book with one of the Lake Taupo’s top fly fishing guides today!

Excellent fishing is available across 4 seasons, this includes some fantastic back-country flyfishing on the lake’s tributary rivers through winter. There is great Spring action around the river mouths and along the beaches. Superb dry fly fishing lasts through the long hot Summers, and then the Autumn brings annual spawning migrations up the lake’s tributary rivers and streams. Lake Taupo also has lake trolling opportunities year long, and it is possible to hunt cruising trout in the shoreline shallows.

Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand and since the release of trout over 100 years ago, the lake and its tributaries have proven themselves to be among the best trout fisheries on the planet. Located on the North Islands “Central plateau” the northern end of the lake has dozens of top-quality rivers and streams flowing in. The region is only an hour from Rotorua, and 3 1/2 hours comfortable drive from Auckland City.

Lake Taupo’s major tributary is the grand Tongariro River, which has been attracting anglers for over 50 years. The average trout size in the Tongariro is 3 pounds but every season, many fish are caught the exceed 10 pounds. Taupo and Turangi are both good bases to explore and fish the Lake Taupo region, and the Tongariro and other freestone rivers.

Gareth offers;

  • Half or Full day guided fly fishing trips
  • Lake and/or river fishing
  • Dry fly, nymph & streamer fishing
  • Casting tuition & coaching
  • All equipment supplied
  • Hotel/Airport pick up/drop off
  • Accomodation can be arranged as/if required
  • Lunches, snacks & drinks

From his Taupo base in the central North Island of New Zealand, Gareth is able to fish multiple pristine locations to get you into the haunts of fighting-fit Rainbow trout and monster Brown trout. He can guide you on a range of stream, river and lake locations that match your fly fishing preferences and skill level. By utilising a variety of fly fishing techniques, he gives you the best possible chance of hooking up to a trophy fish! You will enjoy the various facets of the renowned Taupo and Turangi fisheries, and other secret North Island wilderness streams with the patient guidance from your experienced and friendly local Taupo fly fishing guide.

As part of his guiding services, Gareth will share with you;

  • Hidden locations that you’ll never forget
  • Professional hints that dramatically enhance your fly fishing successes
  • Fantastic photos and videos that capture your New Zealand fly fishing experiences
  • Coaching and guidance that will expand your fishing skills and knowledge

Enjoy the fly fishing videos, photos and Taupo region fly fishing reports on the TroutHuntingNZ.co.nz website. Then, when you are ready to book a trout fishing trip with Gareth, use his Contact Us form to get in touch.


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