Section for FAQ
While Fish And Game control licencing for the majority of New Zealand, they do not cover the rivers and lakes of the Taupo region which is run by The Department of Conservation DOC. A further licence/permit will also be required to fish one of the sectors Lake Rotoaira.
Taupo Licence- Non-Resident Licences are priced at $129 NZ Season, $65 NZ Week and $20 NZ Day.
To fish all other rivers and lakes throughout NZ outside of Taupo you will require a Fish And Game licence.
For non-residents there are two options.
Season 1st October- June 30th $180 NZ
Day Licence- $34NZ
Lake Rotoaira Licence- TBA
You can search each location by name for angling info and sources.
March is in the fall / autumn in Taupo and is typically the 4th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 21°C (69°F), whilst at night 10°C (49°F) is normal.
To slow the spread of the invasive algae didymo, in New Zealand waterways, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand requires all used freshwater fishing equipment brought into New Zealand to be clean and dry.
When you enter New Zealand you must declare all freshwater activity equipment on your Passenger Arrival Card and to a Quarantine Inspector. This includes all fishing equipment such as rods, reels, tackle boxes, nets, boots, waders, fishing flies and any feathers or other non-artificial material used for fly tying. As you are going through Customs, your fishing equipment will be inspected and if MAF inspectors are not satisfied that the gear is clean and dry, they will arrange for the equipment to be treated (which takes time and is likely to be inconvenient) before giving it biosecurity clearance.
MAFBNZ staff are required to treat all used freshwater fishing equipment they determine or suspect is not completely dry inside and out, regardless of whether it has been cleaned before coming to New Zealand. Felt-soled waders and boots are of particular concern. The use of Felt soled waders/Boots are BANNED in New Zealand Waters.
All freshwater fishing equipment including rods, reels, tackle boxes, nets and waders should be clean and free of organic residue. For further information on how to clean your fishing gear: https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/outdoor-activities/check-clean-dry/#sts=Cleaning%20options