Cruise And Fish Rotorua

Want to experience world-class fishing in style? Cruise and Fish Rotorua has the gear, the boat, and the personality to give you a trip to remember on the beautiful Lake Tarawera.

This isn’t just any fishing trip. You’ll be setting out on a comfortable Kelsall catamaran, which has ample space for family groups, friends, or team buildings. This boat has everything you need to go catching, as well as to sit back and enjoy the view from the lake.

Your adventure will begin once you’re on the water. Hooking up on world-famous Rainbow Trout, enjoying the hot springs of Te Rata Bay and, time allowing, put your catch in the hot springs of Te Rata bay and see nature’s ‘Sous vide’ in action! Your experience depends on the package you go for, and you can make it truly special.

Skipper John comes from a family of fishermen and knows what it takes to catch fish in these waters. But he also understands that not everyone comes aboard a pro fisherman. His trips are fun for everyone on board, combining a great experience on the water with some delicious fish to take home.

John will provide you with a range of fishing equipment on your trip, with either fly rods or spinning gear available depending on your preferences and experience level. Light snacks, coffee, and tea are also included on all trips, so all you need to do is come aboard and get ready to have some fun.

Surprise your family or friends with an amazing experience in Rotorua. Book a trip with Cruise And Fish Rotorua and make a memory that’ll last you a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 30
    $951
    Enjoy Lake Tarawera with all it has to offer. Spend 5 hours fishing for Rainbow Trout, exploring the hot springs and enjoying an optional BBQ (for an extra fee). All the needed tackle is provided.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 30
    $570
    Hit the waters of Lake Tarawera in the morning, before the sun gets too hot. You'll be provided with coffee, tea, and snacks, as well as all the required tackle.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 30
    $570
    Enjoy Lake Tarawera where Rainbow Trout are large and the scenery is equally stunning. You will be supplied with all the tackle as well as complimentary tea, coffee, and snacks.
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About the Captain

John Hamill
Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2018
"My father owned a fishing and hunting store and started us young. I became a full-time guide in 1996 doing backcountry fly fishing and charter boat skipper. " With over 50 years of fishing experience, John Hamill has fished some of the best places in New Zealand but Lake Tarawera is one of his favourite spots. He's passionate about spreading the joy of fishing with anglers of any skill level, whether they're pros or total novices.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat Specs

Kelsall (Catamaran) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 60HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 16 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
14 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
American Express
Bank Transfer

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Morning trip with Captain John
Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Darin D.
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Morning trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip (AM) on October 25, 2020
Brilliant time out in the Lake! Captain John is a brilliant and knowledgeable host with a luxurious and spacious vessel. Enjoyed...
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Michael H.
Auckland, Auckland
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Half day trip with captain John

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip (PM) on April 18, 2021
We enjoyed the fun from fishing and also good time from visiting the Hot Water beach. The trip is Highly recommended.
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Heather T.
United States
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Half day trip with captain mike

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip (AM) on February 7, 2020
We had an amazing time on the lake. thank you for a great experience and making sure there was something fun for everyone!!
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FAQs about Cruise And Fish Rotorua

Cruise And Fish Rotorua offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $795 per group, additional NZ $15 per person after 10 guests - 3 Hour Trip (PM) (3 hours)
  • NZ $795 per group, additional NZ $15 per person after 10 guests - 3 Hour Trip (AM) (3 hours)
  • NZ $1,325 per group, additional NZ $15 per person after 10 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Cruise And Fish Rotorua, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Cruise And Fish Rotorua include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Cookies, various other snacks)
  • Drinks (Water and coffee)
  • First Mate (on larger groups or on request.)
  • Lunch (On full day fly fishing trips only)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Cruise And Fish Rotorua offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Fly fishing)
  • Lake Fishing (Boat on Lake Tarawera)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Fly fishing with heli fishing options)

Cruise And Fish Rotorua offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Cruise And Fish Rotorua include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)