Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters

Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters is committed to tailoring a fishing trip to suit you. Fishing is the main focus but you can include other activities such as kayaking, a barbeque, a clay bird shoot, swimming, and many more. Come and discover the wealth of beauty on offer here.

Captain Dan Wood knows the Taupo waters like the back of his hand. He’s fished all over the country and boasts experience like no other. He enjoys sharing stories and promises to use all his skills and knowledge to get you on the fish and to put a smile on your face.

Step aboard the luxurious 43’ Pelin Eclipse. She is licensed for up to 23 guests, plus crew. If you’d like to include other activities or have your trip customised to suit a special occasion, just get in touch via FishingBooker before booking.

With your comfort in mind, the modern cabin is fitted with plenty of seating, a kitchen, toilet, and even a TV, WiFi, and an audio system to play from your devices. You’ll be given tea and coffee throughout your trip. BYO alcohol and snacks will be placed into the onboard coolers, fridges, or freezers.

The boat’s also a serious fishing vessel. Strong and sturdy, she’ll take you to all the best fishing spots with ease. Troll with the downriggers, or try jig fishing to entice the bite of your target fish, and reel ‘em in with top-of-the-line rods and reels.

This stunning lake compliments beauty with incredible fishing. Go after some tough-fighting and delicious fish for a thrilling and fruitful day. The famed Lake Taupo Rainbow Trout will give you a run for your money as you try to fill the boat with these beauties.

The "hook-up" of the elusive and cunning Brown Trout makes for a heart-pumping memory. Capt. Dan will clean, bag, and freeze your catch, or prepare sashimi on board to share with the rest of your team as you return to port. Trips run whenever you want, so come aboard for a truly personalised experience. Let Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters look after you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Taste of Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $201
    A quick straight-into-fishing trip is a great introduction. The trip is ideal for small families. You will have an exciting experience and an excellent opportunity to catch your first Trout. Two child fishing licenses are included in the price. Up to 6 passengers can join the trip.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $379
    Gey your thrilling fishing fix in the productive waters of Lake Taupo. Explore the Tapuaeharuru Bay, the 'Golden Mile' from Acacia Bay to Rangatira Point or Wharewaka Point. The excitement of catching the magnificent Rainbow Trout will bring you back for more. 4 people are covered with fishing licenses, up to 6 are welcome aboard. Rates are scaled, so the more people in your group, the less the per-person cost. Get in touch and work out a price for all in your group! Departure also possible at 9:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $379
    Gey your thrilling fix of fishing in the productive waters of Lake Taupo. Explore the Tapuaeharuru Bay, the 'Golden Mile' from Acacia Bay to Rangitira Point or Wharewaka Point, and the excitement of catching the magnificent Rainbow Trout will bring you back for more. 4 people are covered with fishing licenses, but up to 6 are welcome aboard. Rates are scaled, so the more people in your group the less the per-person cost. Get in touch and work out a price for all in your group! Start time is flexible.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $488
    Explore the magnificent waters of Lake Taupo as you get your fix of fishing or come and see what all the fuss is about. Your captain will take you to the hot spots in search of exciting and delicious Rainbow Trout. 4 people will be covered with fishing licenses, while up to 6 guests are welcome aboard this mammoth boat. Get in touch to arrange a price, as the more people on the boat, the lower the per-person cost! Start times are flexible, so fish at your leisure and discover NZ's premier fishing lake.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $488
    Explore the magnificent waters of Lake Taupo as you get your fix of fishing or come and see what all the fuss is about. Your captain will take you to the hot spots in search of exciting and delicious Rainbow Trout. 4 people will be covered with fishing licenses, while up to 6 guests are welcome aboard this mammoth boat. Get in touch to arrange a price, as the more people on the boat, the lower the per-person cost! Start times are flexible, so fish at your leisure and discover NZ's premier fishing lake.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $488
    Explore the magnificent waters of Lake Taupo as you get your fix of fishing or come and see what all the fuss is about. Your captain will take you to the hot spots in search of exciting and delicious Rainbow Trout. 4 people will be covered with fishing licenses, while up to 6 guests are welcome aboard this mammoth boat. Get in touch to arrange a price, as the more people on the boat, the lower the per-person cost! Start times are flexible, so fish at your leisure and discover NZ's premier fishing lake.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $707
    Explore the magnificent waters of Lake Taupo as you get your fix of fishing or come and see what all the fuss is about. Your captain will take you to the hot spots in search of exciting and delicious Rainbow Trout. Four people will be covered with fishing licenses, while up to 6 guests are welcome aboard this mammoth boat. Get in touch to arrange a price, as the more people on the boat, the lower the per-person cost! Start times are flexible, so fish at your leisure and discover NZ's premier fishing lake.
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About the Captain

Dan Wood
Taupo, New Zealand
ID & License verified
25 Customer reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since March 2019
The Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters crew have years of experience fishing their local lake and all over New Zealand. They're committed to providing a professional, knowledgeable service, teaching you all about these productive waters, and are happy to fulfil whatever specific requirements you may have. Your captain, Dan Wood, loves meeting new people and hopes to put a smile on your face when you come aboard.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Pelin Eclipse (Cruiser) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 230HP Volvo Penta engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
43 ft
Capacity
23 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Taupo - enclosed waters
Inshore Fishing
- Harling
Nearshore Fishing
- Drop-offs
Offshore Fishing
- Deep Water Trollong
Reef Fishing
- Jig Fishing

Fishing techniques

Trolling
with downriggers
Jigging
3 x Flys with 2oz Sinker
Drift Fishing
- Jig Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Vaccum flush
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Sleeps up to 6 Guests comfortably
Flybridge
Enclosed with slider windows
Kitchen
Oven, hot plates, microwave, full galley and BBQ

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Specialised patterns
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Tea and coffee
First Mate
Crew assisted
Fishing License
Included in price
Lunch
By request

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Safe, Roomy, Play areas
You Keep Catch
Fish Cleaned, Bagged,
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
American Express
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 25 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (5)
6hrs Trip with Cap'n Dan
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Taqiyuddin A.
Johnetta, KY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6hrs Trip with Cap'n Dan

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun on May 8, 2022
We had an amazing day, caught some pure taupo Trout, where captain Dan made us sashimi and had our lunch on the boat. We...
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Jack Z.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (PM) on July 22, 2022
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Hoi W.
Auckland, Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day fishing trip with Captain Den

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun - 9am on April 15, 2022
Nice, tidy and comfort fishing boat, friendly and skilful Captain, what a wonderful and relaxing trip. Thanks Captain Den....
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Michaela B.
Portland, ME
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Captain Dan is the best

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun PM on December 17, 2021
Wow, just wow.  Captain Dan made the entire day so amazing.  With his wonderful hospitality and fishing stories and food. ...
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Glenn A.
Auckland, AUK
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Dan

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Taste of Fishing on May 3, 2022
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FAQs about Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters

Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $320 per group, additional NZ $44 per person after 6 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Taste of Fishing (2 hours)
  • NZ $602 per group, additional NZ $66 per person after 6 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (AM) (3 hours)
  • NZ $602 per group, additional NZ $66 per person after 6 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (PM) (3 hours)
  • NZ $776 per group, additional NZ $88 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (4 hours)
  • NZ $776 per group, additional NZ $88 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun AM (4 hours)
  • NZ $776 per group, additional NZ $88 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun PM (4 hours)
  • NZ $1,124 per group, additional NZ $132 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Fishing and Fun (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Vaccum flush
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed Sleeps up to 6 Guests comfortably
  • Flybridge Enclosed with slider windows
  • Kitchen Oven, hot plates, microwave, full galley and BBQ
  • Refrigerator Freezer, Chillers & Refridgerator
  • Multimedia System Onboard WiFi
  • Ice Box - Makes Ice for Drinks
  • Radar
  • Life Jackets Including children's sizes

Trips booked with Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures (Specialised patterns )
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Tea and coffee )
  • First Mate (Crew assisted)
  • Fishing License (Included in price)
  • Lunch (By request)

Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Taupo - enclosed waters )
  • Inshore Fishing (- Harling)
  • Nearshore Fishing (- Drop-offs)
  • Offshore Fishing (- Deep Water Trollong)
  • Reef Fishing (- Jig Fishing)

Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling (with downriggers)
  • Jigging (3 x Flys with 2oz Sinker)
  • Drift Fishing (- Jig Fishing)

Top targeted fish species with Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)