Pinnacle Charters

Pinnacle Charters takes you fishing around the waters of Lake Taupo to sample primer Rainbow and Brown Trout throughout the year. These trips are ideal for families on vacation and anglers who want to unwind and savor the view. But fishing is not all you can do here – go explore Maori Rocks in the Mine Bay or white cliffs of the lake.

You will be fishing aboard a 22’ Ramco boat, powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine that will give you speed but without noise. The vessel is great for couples or families. She can take up to five people, but if you want maximum comfort, it’s best to have 4 adults onboard. The boat is equipped with navigational gear, has a toilet, fully-enclosed canopy suitable for all weather conditions, carries safety gear and life jackets, and has tea and coffee making facilities.

Lake Taupo is the promised land for Trout fishing lovers. The scenery is striking and these waters have a healthy stock of fish. Try jigging for Trout or just unplug on the water cruising down the lake and taking in the beauty of the sight. There are numerous hidden riches scattered around the lake, including bays, beaches, cliff faces, and waterfalls.

When packing for the trip, you should bring your own food and refreshments. The captain will supply rods, reels, and tackle. You may need to purchase a Lake Taupo fishing permit before you board the vessel, so best check with the captain before the trip. Also, pack a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera.

Get your friends and hop onboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $151
    The departure time is flexible.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Mine Bay Maori Rocks
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $226
    Cruise down the lake and go see the legendary Maori Rocks – steep faces carved in the cliffs. It's a comfortable ride for water lovers and a day well spent unwinding in nature. Pack snacks and drinks, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – White Cliffs
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $226
    Spend some time on the water relaxing and cruising down Lake Taupo. You will see some hidden gems of the lake, and enjoy the view. This trip is great for couples and families on vacation. Pack snacks and drinks, and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $302
    Come spend the morning around scenic waters of Lake Taupo and fish for Brown and Rainbow Trout. You should prepare your own food and refreshments. Rods, reels, and tackle are waiting for you onboard. You may need to purchase a Lake Taupo fishing permit before you board the vessel, so best check with the captain before the trip. Put on a hat, sunnies, sun protection, and bring a camera.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $377
    This five hour trip we'll give you enough time to fish for Trout around Lake Taupo. Go jigging around some of the best Trout fisheries in NZ. Pack your own food and refreshments. Rods, reels, and tackle are supplied onboard. You may need to purchase a Lake Taupo fishing permit before you board the vessel, so best check with the captain before the trip. Put on a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring a camera.
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About the Captain

Liam Sparkes
Taupo, New Zealand
ID & License verified
31 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since October 2017
Capt. Liam loves fishing and will make sure you have a great day on the water. He has been fishing for over 6 years and knows these waters well. He will use his skills to put you on Trout on the scenic waters of Lake Taupo.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Ramco (Commercial) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Lake Taupo

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Radar
Life Jackets

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
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
American Express
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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100%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Lindon J.
Montgomery, MA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Family fishing fun

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing on January 1, 2022
We went for a 2 hour chartered fish with Liam. Our family of 4 easily fitted on the 6.2m boat and was great to have it to ourselves....
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Pene W.
Christchurch, Canterbury
Excellent
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Half day, morning fish

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on February 19, 2022
We had the best time with captain Liam. Such a lovely young guy but full of so much knowledge and experience. We are...
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Henry C.
Wellington, Wellington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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A fantastic morning’s fishing thanks to Liam and Richard

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Mine Bay Maori Rocks on March 6, 2022
We took home six lovely fish and had great time chatting with the skipper who was knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks guys!
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Nicholas R.
Hunterville, Manawatu-Wanganui
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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4 hour trip on pinnacle charters

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on October 3, 2021
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Beth T.
Matamata, WKO
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Fantastic

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing on March 9, 2021
Fantastic morning on board Pinnacle, Great kiwi experience. Crew made u feel very welcome and nothing was too much....
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FAQs about Pinnacle Charters

Pinnacle Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $240 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing (2 hours)
  • NZ $360 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Mine Bay Maori Rocks (3 hours)
  • NZ $360 per group - 3 Hour Trip – White Cliffs (3 hours)
  • NZ $480 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • NZ $600 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Pinnacle Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Pinnacle Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures

Pinnacle Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Taupo)

Pinnacle Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Pinnacle Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)