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Taupo Fishery Area Regulations by Fishing Water

Summary of regulations by fishing water

This alphabetic listing summarises our understanding of the regulations that apply to specific fishing waters within the Taupo region. It is intended for quick reference only. It is not meant to be taken as a complete statement of the law. Please refer to the official Taupo fishing regulations (a 22-page pdf document) or request a hard copy of the Taupo regulations by emailing fishinfo@doc.govt.nz .

 
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General rules
All rivers not mentioned below in which fishing is permitted All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3

The western tributaries of Lake Taupo  - all rivers and streams entering the portion of Lake Taupo that lies north and west of a line between Rangatira Point and the wharf at Tokaanu.

Exceptions:
- the mouth of the Tongariro River
- the Kuratau River upstream from the hydro dam
- the Waihaha River upstream of Tieke Falls

1 December-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Any waters in which trout are held in captivity for display, hatching or other purposes; or within 80 metres of those waters (except in the Children's Pond at the Tongariro National Trout Centre) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Fishing waters
Children's Fishing Pond, Tongariro National Trout Centre On specified days Flyfishing N/A None 1
Hinemaiaia River
Hinemaiaia River - from the mouth to the lower (HB) dam All year Fly fishing only No boat fishing 40cm 3
Hinemaiaia River - above the lower (HB) dam All year Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted 40cm 3
Hinemaiaia hydro lakes All year Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted 40cm 3
Hinemaiaia Stream
Hinemaiaia Stream between its source and the lower hydro-electric supply dam (commonly called HB dam), including tributaries 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only ???Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Hinemaiaia Stream between the lower hydro-electric supply dam (commonly called HB Dam) and the sign that is situated approximately 300m downstream from the powerhouse Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Hinemaiaia Stream and its tributaries downstream from the sign that is situated approximately 300m downstream from the powerhouse at the lower hydro-electric supply dam (commonly called HB dam), to the Taupo-Turangi highway bridge. (The powerhouse is 500 metres before the end of the access road which travels beside the river upstream from SH1) 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
 
Kotukutuku Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Kuratau
Kuratau River from the mouth to the dam (within 300 meters of the Kuratau Spit) All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Lake Kuratau, and the Kuratau River upstream of the Kuratau hydro-electric supply dam 1 Oct-30 Jun Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted 30cm No limit
 
Mangamutu Stream 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Mangamutu Stream tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Mangawhitiwhiti Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Mapara Stream and its tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Moawhango, Lake All year Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted No limit No limit
Okaia Stream mouth   Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

   
Omoho Stream (commonly known as Chinaman's Creek) and its tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Omoho Stream mouth   Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

   
Omori Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Otaketake Stream (commonly known as Stony Creek) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Otamangakau, Lake 1 Oct-31 May Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted 40cm 3
Otauanga Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Otupoto River mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Otutira Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Otutira Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Poutu
Poutu Aqueduct (Lake Rotoaira) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Poutu Stream All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Poutu Stream tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
 
Pukawa Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Rotoaira, Lake 1 Sept to 30 June Fly, spinner A special entry permit must be purchased. (Available from DoC and most sports stores in the region) 35cm (measured from the nose to the tip of the tail) 3
Rotoaira, Lake  - all inflowing rivers and streams (including the Poutu Aqueduct) except the Wairehu Canal Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Rotomoho Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Rotongaio Outlet ???All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Stony Creek (Otaketake Stream) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo - more than 300 metres from stream mouths All year Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted 40cm 3
Lake Taupo - less than 300 metres from unmarked stream mouths All year Fly, spinner Boat fishing is permitted 40cm 3
Lake Taupo - less than 300 metres from the Tongariro and the Tauranga-Taupo river mouths All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Lake Taupo - less than 300 metres from Te Rae Point (Kuratau Spit) All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Lake Taupo - less than 300 metres from all marked stream mouths (marked with a clearly visible white, yellow and black ringed post) All year Fly fishing only No boat fishing 40cm 3
Taupo Boat Harbour (the Waikato River from the outlet to control gates bridge ) All year Fly, spinner No boat fishing 405cm 3
Taupo Wharf, Taupo boat jetties, and the control gates over the Waikato River at Taupo Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Tauranga- Taupo River
Tauranga-Taupo River between it source and its junction with the Mangakowhitiwhiti Stream, including tributaries (commonly called the Rangers' Pool) 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40m 3
Tauranga-Taupo River lower reaches All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Tauranga-Taupo River mouth All year Fly fishing only

???Anchored boat only

40cm 3
Tauranga-Taupo River tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
 
Te Awaroa Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Te Mapu Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Te Whaiau
Te Whaiau Canal downstream of the landmark post 1 Oct-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Te Whaiau Canal upstream of the landmark post (a clearly visible white, yellow and black ringed post) 1 Oct-31 May Fly, spinner No boat fishing 40cm 3
Te Whaiau, Lake 1 Oct-31 May Fly, spinner No boat fishing 40cm 3
Te Whaiau stream and its tributaries including the Whanganui River diversion outfall Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Tokaanu
Tokaanu Stream and its tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Tokaanu Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Tokaanu Tailrace for a distance of 110 meters downstream from the powerhouse Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Tokaanu Tailrace (above or below the SH41 bridge) All year Fly, spinner Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Tongariro
Tongariro River mouth All year ???Flyfishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Tongariro River downstream of Downs Pool All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Tongariro River from Downs Pool to Poutu Intake All year Fly fishing only No boat fishing 40cm 3
Tongariro River between Poutu intake and the landmark that is 500 metres upstream of the confluence with the Whitikau stream, including tributaries 1 Dec-31 May Fly, spinner No boat fishing 40cm 3
Tongariro River upstream of Poutu intake except the area mentioned above 1 Oct-30 Jun Fly, spinner No boat fishing 40cm 3
Tongariro National Trout Centre Children's Fishing Pond On specified days Flyfishing N/A None 1
Tongariro Stream tributaries except the Poutu Stream and the Waipakihi Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
 
Tutaeuaua Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Tutaeuaua Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Tutaewaeroa Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Waihaha River upstream of Tieke Falls 1 Oct-30 Jun Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waihukahuka Stream (hatchery) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Waikato River
Waikato River from the outlet to control gates bridge (Taupo Boat Harbour ) All year Fly, spinner No boat fishing 40cm 3
Waikato River from the control gates bridge to Huka Falls All year Fly, spinner Anchored boat only 35 cm 3
The control gates over the Waikato River at Taupo Closed None N/A N/A N/A
 
Waikino River mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
 Waimarino River
Waimarino River - between it source and the point known as Korohe Crossing, ???including tributaries 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waimarino River lower reaches All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waimarino Stream tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Waiotaka River
Waiotaka River between its source and the north-western boundary of Kaimanawa State Forest Park, including tributaries 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waiotaka River within the boundaries of the Tongariro-Rangipo Prison (from the north-western boundary of the Kaimanawa State Forest to approximately 2km above the Hautu Ford on Waiotaka Road) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Waiotaka River lower reaches All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waiotaka River tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
 
Waipa Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Waipahihi River mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Waipakihi River above Rangipo dam   Fly, spinner No boat fishing None No limit
Waipehi Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Wairehu Canal upstream of the landmark post 1 Oct-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Wairehu Canal downstream of the landmark post 1 Oct-31 May Fly, spinner No boat fishing 40cm 3
Waitahanui River
Waitahanui River between its source and its junction with the Te Arero Stream including tributaries. (The Te Arero Stream is approx. 1.5km upstream of the end of Blake Road.) 1 Dec-31 May Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waitahanui River lower reaches All year Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Waitahanui River tributaries except the Mangamutu Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
 
Waitetoko Stream and its tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Waitotara Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Waitotara Stream mouth All year Fly fishing only

Boat fishing is permitted

40cm 3
Whangamata Stream and its tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Whanganui River and those portions of the upper tributaries of that river that lie within the Taupo fishery district 1 Oct-30 Jun Fly fishing only Anchored boat only 40cm 3
Whanganui River diversion outfall (Te Whaiau stream tributary) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Whanganui Stream tributaries (in the western bay area) Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Whareroa Stream and its tributaries Closed None N/A N/A N/A
Whitikau Stream Closed None N/A N/A N/A

 

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