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Trout Scout; Neil Hirtzel

Guiding in the Auckland, Waikato and Taupo regions

If you’re looking for a personalized fly fishing experience with the most experienced fly fishing guide based out of Auckland, Neil Hirtzel is your man. Neil has been fly fishing for 50 years and has 20 years of guiding experience. He is passionate about helping others of all skill levels to enjoy the sport and can through his vast knowledge and experience tailor a tour to your particular situation.

Neil will pick you up in his late model 4x4 vehicle and transport you to the most ideal location based on your skill level and the fly fishing conditions.  He will supply all the necessary gear and make your experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

Neil has represented New Zealand in World, Commonwealth and Oceania competitions. 

Contact Details

795 Chapel Road

Dannemora 2016


Ph/Fax +64 9 533 1615

Mobile: +64 21 679 815 (or 021 679 815 in NZ)

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.troutscout.co.nz

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

Indicative tariff as at 1 Jan 2019

Neil's daily guiding rate is $650. This includes the costs of transport and GST.

Neil operates from Auckland and is happy to develop a "Best of the North" trip to meet your expectations. This can involve any combination of the following options

  • Fishing the spring creeks and rivers around Tirau
  • Fishing the large central North Island backcountry rivers such as the Whanganui, Whakapapa and Tongariro.
  • Fishing the central plateau lakes such as Lakes Taupo, Rotoaira or Otamangakau in Neil's boat for trophy sized fish
  • Targeting the large fish in the lakes and small streams around Rotorua targeting the large fish the region is famous for

Talk to Neil and he will design a trip especially for you. It will need to be a multi-day trip as it covers a lot of territory though the distance between waters is not great leaving a maximum amount of time for fishing. Remember the more time you have the more Neil can show you as he will be able to take you round the venues for the 28th World Fly Fishing competition.


About your guide

Neil has represented New Zealand in many international fly fishing competitions and has won many awards. The following shows the results of his competitive fishing. Neil's expertise is something he shares with all his clients.

New Zealand National championships.  2004 - 2018. New Zealand  Pairs Lake championship

2006  2nd.

2011   1st.

2013   2nd.
2014   1st.

2015 2nd

Oceania Championships.

2005 Rotorua. N.Z.

2007  Tasmania. Aus. Gold medal

2009  Taumaranui.  N.Z.
2011   N.S.W.  Aus.   Captain
2015  Victoria.  Aus.

Commonwealth Championships.
2006  Wales. U.K.
2008   Hawkes Bay. N.Z. Bronze medal.  Captain

2010  Wales.  U.K. Silver medal.  Captain

2012   Tasmania.  Aus.
2016  Quebec. Canada. Captain

2018 Northern Ireland Captain

World Championships
2006 Portugal
2014  Czech Republic. Captain
2017  Slovakia.  Captain


Fishing options include:

  • Day trips from Auckland
  • Small stream fishing
  • Sight fishing to large backcountry fish
  • Fly fishing on lakes from a boat





Some of the waters fished by Neil Hirtzel include the:

Waihou River

Ohinemuri River

Ngongataha Stream

Waimakariri River

Tongariro River

Waitewheta River

Whanganui River

Lake Rotoaira

Lake Otamangakau (the Big O)