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There is some great fishing in the Taupo area and an attendant number of guides with local expertise. Guides work the Tongariro River and the lake. The high season runs from October to April. Costs are usually around NZ$250 for a half day and include all equipment plus a fishing license (note that you need a special license to fish here and in Rotorua). Book at least a day in advance.
Chris Jolly Outdoors. This company is staffed by people with a love of the outdoors, be it on Lake Taupo fishing and cruising, mountain biking, or hiking and hunting. You can take a trip on Lake Taupo on a luxury cruiser for about NZ$150 or ask for something made to measure. The owner Chris Jolly also organizes hunting trips. 16 Rauhoto St., Taupo. 07/378–0623. www.chrisjolly.co.nz.
Fishy Steve. Steve Sprague runs Fishy Steve and undertakes a number of trips ranging from a half-day flyfishing for beginners, to 4x4 bush excursions and helicopter trips into the wilderness. Costs can range from NZ$250 to NZ$3600 not including the license. 07/378–2192. fishysteve.com.
Mark Aspinall. Fly-fish for rainbow and brown trout with Mark Aspinall. He will organise a custom trip to meet your needs, and equipment is included if needed. He will collect you from wherever you are staying. 64 7/378–4453. www.markaspinall.com/.