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Children's Fishing Pond / Tongariro National Trout Centre

On specified days, children are taught to cast a flyrod and catch a trout at  the Children's Fishing Pond in Turangi, by volunteers of the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society. The fish is weighed and measured and a certificate is issued.

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Children's Fishing Days

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Fish type Rainbow trout
Age limits Children 6-14 years inclusive who can hold and control a fly rod
Address and directions

Tongariro National Trout Centre

State Highway 1


The Tongariro National Trout Centre is situated 4 kilometers south of the township of Turangi, on at the southern end of Lake Taupo. Parking space is adjacent to State Highway 1.

See the Children's Pond/National Trout Centre access map.


The dates for the fishing days in 2016 are.

6 Jan 2016

20 Jan 2016


Then children's pond is open from 9am to 3pm on the dates above.

Tuition is conducted in 1-hour sessions and bookings are generally restricted to 30 children per hour. You will be given a start time when you make a booking. Please arrive on time.

Advanced tuition

Advanced fly-casting tuition sessions for adults and children can also be booked.

  • Session start times are 11am and 1pm
  • Sessions are about an hour in length
  • Suggested age is 8 years and over
  • The limit is 6 children per session
  • Booking prior to the day is essential
Your catch

Each child is allowed one fish per day.

You can have your fish filleted, smoked and wrapped in foil ready to take home for a small donation.

Fishing gear Complete sets of fishing gear are provided. No private or personal gear may be used in the pond to avoid the possibility of introducing disease.

Standard tuition: A charge of $8.00 is payable per child. This covers a 24-hours child fishing licence and an administration fee. If the child has a valid Taupo Fishery Fishing Licence (which must be brought with the child), there will be a $4 administration charge.

Advanced fly-casting tuition:
$10 per child
$15 per adult

Donations: Donations to assist fund the work of the Tongariro National Trout Centre and its volunteers are always appreciated.

Payment: No EFTPOS or VISA facilities are available so please bring cash for all payments.

Other attractions
  • All day sausage sizzle plus hot and cold drinks sold
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Underwater viewing chamber
  • River Walk visitor centre.
  • Stroll and/or picnic beside the Tongariro River

These fishing days are extremely popular and bookings are required. The numbers are restricted to 30 children per hour. To make a booking, please contact the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society:

Phone: +64 7 386 8085:

           - between 10am and 3pm from May to November

           - between 10am and 4pm from December to April.
Fax: +64 7 386 8490

Email admin@troutcentre.com
Web: www.troutcentre.com

School bookings

School classroom groups may make separate bookings by contacting the educator, Mike Nicholson, email mnicholson@doc.govt.nz

For further details, please see www.taupofortomorrow.co.nz.

For more information For more information see Childrens' Fishing Days at the Tongariro National Trout Centre website.


Local girls with their catch

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