When you’re ready to cast your line in a lake that is almost the size of Singapore, Taupo Lake is the place to go to. With breathtaking views, excellent fishery, and a great charter operation like Fish Taupo to take you to the best bite, you’re in for a fishing adventure like no other.

Join Captain Marty Staines on his 28’ Weekender and allow a local, knowledgeable guide show you around and get you to the most productive fishing grounds. The boat is a solid vessel with plenty of fishing room for up to 5 anglers to reel in their catch and a strong 350 HP Mercruiser engine to cut through the waves easily.

“Stratus” has got a private toilet, as well as a galley well-suited for making complimentary tea and coffee for everyone on board. She’s rigged with a quality navigational equipment to stay on the fish’s trail, and when you get there, you’ll have Shimano rods, reels, and tackle to hook your prey. After the trip, you will get your catch cleaned and bagged, all you need to do is figure out how to cook it.

On expeditions with Capt. Marty, you will mostly be chasing Rainbow Trout, as well as Brown Trout. These fish are the superstars of Lake Taupo, and if you decide to go on longer trips, you will venture further from the shore, if the weather allows. Trolling, jigging, and light tackle are the name of the game, and you will have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills in these fishing techniques.

Before you set off to enjoy Lake Taupo, you need a fishing license, and you can either buy it on land, or your captain can provide you with one, to make your life easier. Capt. Marty will show you around the most beautiful sites on the lake and it will be hard to go home after you come back to the dock.

Bring your kids along for a fishing adventure and create some amazing memories with Fish Taupo charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $615
    This is the perfect trip for when you have 8 hours to spare and you're eager to see everything Lake Taupo has to offer. Bring your lunch, your fishing license, and go for a proper fishing extravaganza that could land you a healthy number of Rainbow and Brown Trout.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $437
    Watch out Trout! Bring along your food and refreshments and head out to explore the vast and glorious Lake Taupo. Departure time is flexible, and if you'd like to prolong your time on the water, it's possible for an additional charge.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip–Let's Get Out There (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $349
    With more time come more experiences, and this half-day trip allows you to go further afield, weather permitting, to enjoy the different vistas on Lake Taupo. Trout is your main target, and departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip–Let's Get Out There (PM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 10 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $349
    Set out to the most productive fishing grounds in the early afternoon and see how many Rainbow and Brown Trout you can hook. You can easily set the departure time when it fits your plans, and Capt. Marty will do his best to accommodate you. Don't forget your fishing license.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Special (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $262
    A little more time on the Lake Taupo waters never hurt anyone, and on this 3-hour trip, you get to venture further out into the lake and catch Trout. If the weather is good, Capt. Marty will take you to the extraordinary Maori rock carvings. Departure time is flexible, you just bring a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Special (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $262
    If you're busy in the afternoon, but you don't want to miss your chance to explore the Lake Taupo's fishery, this afternoon 3-hour excursion will do well. Chase Rainbow Trout, and an occasional Brown too.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Tester (9 AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $182
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Tester (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $182
    This trip is perfect for you if you're short on time, but you want to experience the thrill of Trout fishing. Capt. Marty is flexible when it comes to departure times, so you can pick the start time.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Tester (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $182
    Explore the beauty and abundance of Lake Taupo for a couple of hours and go after Rainbow and Brown Trout. Everything is provided, you just need to buy a fishing license, either on the dock or from the captain.
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About the Charter Operator

Fish Taupo
Taupo, New Zealand
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122 Customer Reviews
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Member since September 2018
Captain Marty Staines is local, born and bred in the Lake Taupo area, and he lives and breathes boating and fishing. He takes out customers to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere aboard his boat "Stratus," where they can fish and admire the gorgeous lake. Capt. Marty is the owner-operator of Fish Taupo, and he has your interest at heart to provide you with that special experience on the water.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Boat Specs

Rayglass (Weekender) originally built in 1999. Powered by a 350HP Mercruiser engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Kitchen

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
Mastercard

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Customer Reviews

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Thank you Marty, Thank you Taupo!
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Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Kylie W.
Hamilton, Waikato
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3hrs during school holidays

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Tester (PM) on April 27, 2021
We took the kids out during the last week of the April school holidays.  This was the first time the kids had been fishing,...
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Scott C.
Hamilton, WKO
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3 Hour Fishing Charter = 5 Keepers + 3 small fry

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Special (PM) on July 15, 2020
Full marks to Captain Marty. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out chasing trout on the Great Lake. We were a party...
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Nigel J.
Christchurch, Canterbury
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Fishing with Marty

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Special (AM) on April 27, 2021
Along with our two grandchildren, we went for a three hour fishing trip with Captain Marty.  He is a congenial, no nonsense...
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Flavio L.
Auckland, Auckland
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3 hrs afternoon fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Special (PM) on April 23, 2021
If possible I want to rate in 10 stars! Nice trip with Marty, good gears and always can find fish! We got 10 fish on hook and...
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Sharon C.
Wellington, Wellington
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3 Hour Morning Trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Special (AM) on February 9, 2021
A great morning out on the water with Marty our very knowledgeable captain. The weather held out for us & Marty showed us his...
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FAQs about Fish Taupo

Fish Taupo offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $260 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Tester (9 AM) (2 hours)
  • NZ $260 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Tester (AM) (2 hours)
  • NZ $260 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Tester (PM) (2 hours)
  • NZ $375 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Special (AM) (3 hours)
  • NZ $375 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Special (PM) (3 hours)
  • NZ $500 per group - 4 Hr Trip–Let's Get Out There (AM) (4 hours)
  • NZ $500 per group - 4 Hr Trip–Let's Get Out There (PM) (4 hours)
  • NZ $625 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • NZ $880 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish Taupo, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Fully enclosed for privacy)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Kitchen (Good for making tea or coffee)

Trips booked with Fish Taupo include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Your catch of the day cleaned and bagged for you)
  • Drinks (Complimentary tea and coffee.)

Fish Taupo offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Fish Taupo offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Fish Taupo include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)