Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures

If you’re looking for one of the best and most beautiful Trout fisheries on the planet, you’ll hardly find a better place than New Zealand! Ray Nelson of Rotorua and Taupo Fly Fishing Adventures is a passionate angler and guide who makes it his business to put people on memorable fishing action, and what’s more, he’s very good at it.

The Taupo and Rotorua regions are known for superb Trout fishing, and whether you’re chasing Brown Trout or Steelhead, you’re going to have a blast. Ray works with all levels, so whether you’re a novice or seasoned pro, he’ll make sure you have a great time and catch something brag-worthy.

Remote Wilderness fishing in New Zealand is something many anglers dream of and there’s a way to reach the unreachable spots - by helicopter!These trips are best in the summer months when trout feed aggressively with very little angling pressure.
Your guide specializes in fly fishing and provides all the equipment you’ll need on your expedition, including lunch and drinks on full day trips. Ray can take out up to 2 anglers at the same time, so if you’d like to share this experience with your best fishing buddy, this is a great opportunity.

On your side, you’ll need to buy a fishing licence for the day which are available online, as well as in a local sports store. Bring some drinks, snacks, and food if you’d like, and don’t forget to dress in layers and bring raingear – the weather can be fickle and it’s better to be prepared.

Booking a trip with Rotorua and Taupo Fly Fishing Adventures opens the door to the incredible world of New Zealand freshwater fishing. And with an expert guide like Ray to show you to the honey holes, catching a trophy Trout is only a matter of time!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Fly casting tuition
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    US $177
    Learn to fly cast with Ray and build your fishing confidence before you step into the river. Step by step instruction in a relaxed environment. A great introduction to the world of fly fishing. Pricing is for 2 people. Larger groups are welcome!
  • Private trip
    Half Day 5hr Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $353
    Spend 5 hours exploring the abundant Rotorua waterways. Wading and fly fishing in the beautiful lakes and streams of the region is the name of the game, and Brown and Rainbow Trout are your main target. Remember to buy a fishing licence and your favorite food and drinks. **Fishing from Rotorua only**Check price breakdown for one or two people. (Maximum 2 people)
    Targeted fish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
  • Private trip
    Half Day 5hr Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $353
    This excursion is a great option for anglers who don't like to get up early. Ray will meet you around noon and take you to the body of water that offers the best fly fishing action. Brown Trout and Steelhead are your primary target, and your guide will provide reliable fly fishing gear and tackle you'll need. Before you hit the water, buy a fishing licence and stock up on snacks and drinks. **Fishing from Rotorua only** Check price breakdown for one or two people. (Maximum 2 people)
    Targeted fish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $530
    This is a picture-perfect expedition for anglers looking for a memorable fishing adventure on the scenic waters of the Taupo and Rotorua regions. All Fishing gear is included in the trip's price, as well as lunch and of course, guiding services. Ask about Wilderness Heli fishing adventures too. Make sure to get your fishing licence for the day and show up, and Ray will take care of everything else. Check price breakdown for one or two people. (Maximum 2 people)
    Targeted fish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
  • Private trip
    Wilderness Heli fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 31
    US $530
    Taking bookings now! for 2024/25 New Zealand summer Season. Check out the excellent 5 star reviews about this trip” Fly to a remote New Zealand wilderness river by helicopter and cast to wild rainbow and brown trout, guided by Ray on his Ancestral homelands. The Helicopter ride is amazing and does come at an extra cost. All fishing tackle and equipment is supplied and so is lunch and refreshments. You’ll just need to pick up a fishing licence for the day. Check price breakdown for one or two people.
    Targeted fish
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
    Brown Trout
    Brown Trout
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FAQs about Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures

Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $300 per group - Fly casting tuition (3 hours)
  • NZ $500 per group, additional NZ $100 per person after 1 guest - Half Day 5hr Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • NZ $500 per group, additional NZ $100 per person after 1 guest - Half Day 5hr Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • NZ $800 per group, additional NZ $100 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • NZ $800 per group, additional NZ $100 per person after 1 guest - Wilderness Heli fishing (9 hours)

Trips booked with Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Lunch (On full day trips)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing (Wilderness Heli fishing )

Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Meet the Captain

Ray Nelson
Rotorua, New Zealand
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40 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2019
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Ray Nelson was born in Rotorua and has a proud Maori heritage. He's been fly fishing for decades and has fished the lakes and rivers of the Central North Island most of his life. Ray is a local to the area and he loves sharing the experience of fly fishing with his clients and passing on "the bug." He also offers backcountry Heli fishing trips into the Central north island wilderness He loves working with complete beginners and pros alike.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Wilderness Heli fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Lunch
On full day trips
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Rotorua to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Min. age 10
You Keep Catch
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
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

Customer reviews

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Trip of a Lifetime with Ray

VERIFIED   Wilderness Heli fishing on November 15, 2023
My time fishing with Ray on New Zealand’s North Island was one of the amazing experiences of my life as a fisherman. If you...
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An awesome full day with Ray

Full Day Trip on December 22, 2023
My brother and I booked a full day with Ray and were beyond pleased with our experience. Ray was prompt, kind, amicable, had...
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Fantastic Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on March 24, 2024
Ray was really flexible for us on short notice. He had great communication in the days leading up to the trip. He’s personable...
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Ray is an amazing tour guide

VERIFIED   Half Day 5hr Trip (AM) on February 26, 2024
What an amazing experience! I had no fishing experience and my husband had “some”. Ray started us out fishing with rod...
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Wilderness heli-fishing

Wilderness Heli fishing on January 5, 2024
What an amazing fly fishing experience with an excellent guide! We were choppered into a beautiful backcountry river. Ray has...
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