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Taupo Regulation changes for 2017 - 2018

Photo courtesy of Mike Bodie

For the 2017 - 2018 season starting from July 1 2017 there have been some significant changes to the regulations governing the Taupo fishery. These have been proposed by the governing body, the Dept of Conservation (DOC), after considerable public consultation and are now awaiting government sign-off. They will come into effect when the new season starts on July 1 (until that time the old regulations remain in force).

Licence categories

Three new categories of licences have been added to the schedule which are:

  • An international licence for non-New Zealand residents
  • A family licence which covers an adult plus spouse (either parents or grandparents) and dependents under 18 as of July 1.
  • Seniors licence for anglers over 65 on July 1.

To see the full details of licences that are available visit the Taupo Notice 2017 page.

Licence costs

The costs of licences have been set as follows

  • 24 hour (day) licences for both NZ residents and International anglers:
  • NZ$20 for and adult and
  • NZ$4.50 for a child (under 16 as of July 1)
  • Weekly licences
  • NZ$42 for a NZ adult and
  • NZ$65 for an international angler
  • Whole season licences (July 1 2017 to June 30 2018)
  • NZ$99 for an adult
  • NZ$90 for a senior
  • NZ$129 for a non New Zealand resident
  • NZ149 for a family (NZ residents only)
  • NZ$12.50 for a child under the age of 16 as of July 1
Bag limit The bag limit has been raised from 3 fish per day to 6 fish per day per angler.
Size The minimum size of fish allowed to be kept has been reduced from 40 cms to 35 cms
Restictions The area around river mouths that is reserved for fly fishing has been reduced from a 300 metres radius to 200 metres. The sections around river mouths closed to boat fishing will be indicated by a white, black and yellow ringed landmark post in the lake.
Definition of fly fishing

No fly fisherman can use weights on their leader other than those to assist the fly to sink. No weights may be added to assist in casting the fly. Weight added to the leader may only be in the form of split shot made from lead, bismuth or tungsten.

No leader may exceed 6 metres in length (including tippet) and all flylines used to facilitate casting must be a minimum of 3 metres in length.


Full details

The above is a short summary and for more details regarding definitions and rules and regulations, refer to the Anglers Notice 2017 for details regarding the rules and regulations


to the Licences, Fees and Forms Notice 2017 for full details regarding licences etc.


I would like to commend the DoC team for the thoroughness and thought that has gone into these changes. It is all research based aimed at improving this world famous fishery.

So dust off your warm clothes and gear and head out to one of the great trout fishing regions of the world for some wonderful sport.





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