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
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $395
    up to 5 persons
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $316
    up to 5 persons
    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
    3 Hour Trip – Mine Bay Maori Rocks
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $237
    up to 5 persons
    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 8:00 AM
    $237
    up to 5 persons
    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
    2 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $158
    up to 5 persons
    The departure time is flexible.
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About the Captain

Richard Van Dijk
Taupo, New Zealand
Angler's Choice
17 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since October 2017
Capt. Richard loves fishing and will make sure you have a great day on the water. He has been fishing for over three decades 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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
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
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.84
out of 5 stars from 17 reviews
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3 HR trip with skipper Richard
Morning with Captain Richard
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Ellen T.
Auckland, Auckland
 5.00
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4 hour fishing trip with Richard

VERIFIED   March 1, 2020
Richard is an absolute champ. My husband and I had an awesome morning out on the water with him, champagne fishing, and bagging...
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Warren C.
Wellington, WGN
 5.00
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3 HR trip with skipper Richard

VERIFIED   February 7, 2020
We had the most amazing trip with Richard on Pinnacle charters. His experience stands out and he has such a fun personality...
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Paul S.
Hamilton, WKO
 4.67
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3hr AWESOME Trout Fishing Experience

VERIFIED   January 15, 2020
My 12yr old daughter booked our family trip with Richard, and we are all so glad she did! He was wonderful with the kids (and...
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Frances H.
Matamata, Waikato
 5.00
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Morning with Captain Richard

VERIFIED   February 1, 2020
Absolutely fantastic morning fishing on the pinnacle with Captain Richard, we will definitely be back. Thanks for making our...
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Mike G.
Gore, Southland
 4.67
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Fishing with Richard

VERIFIED   February 14, 2020
The weather and scenery were great and capitan Richsrd found us the fish. The trip was everything you could want and Richards...
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