At over 600 square kilometres or 230 square miles, it is one of the largest lakes in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s deep too – in places over 150 metres to the bottom. Rainbow Trout were first released into Lake Taupo in 1897 and today the lake and the rivers around it have a reputation for producing some of the biggest trout in the world. This area of New Zealand boasts some of the best walks in the world including the iconic Tongariro Crossing. There are tracks and walks for all levels and many take you around some of the areas hundreds of volcanic vents, hot pools and bubbling mud.
Maori Culture is strong around here and to the north east in Rotorua. There are plenty of cultural experiences on offer for those who what to get a feel for what it means to be Maori. Wairakei Terraces are pretty cool and you can relax in the hot pools after your cultural tour.
There are a range of fishing options available, from lake fishing in the comfort of large fishing boats to one-on-one guided experiences back country, lakeside, and even via white-water rafts. The question is: just how exciting a fishing trip are you after? You can expect to catch Rainbows in the 3 to 5lb range and Browns up to 6 pounds. Back country, it is not unusual to land fish well over the 10 pound mark!
Where to Stay
There is a vast array of options here in Taupo and the surrounding district to suit your tastes from boutique 5 start fishing lodges, to hotels and motels and the iconic Chateau Tongariro. Again, accommodation is best packaged around an itinerary especially if you have specific fishing plans.
Prawn Farm – go fishing at the Huka Falls Prawn Farm Trout Centre
Turangi – history of trout and trout fishing in NZ.
Mt Ruapehu – The North Island’s ski resort on a steaming volcano.