The sound of the reel screaming while the rod is bent double on a gleaming rainbow trout is an experience you’ll never forget

Get the perfect fly fishing trip customized for you. Our experienced guides will make sure you have everything you need for a successful day on the water.

Full Day all inclusive fly fishing experience

Do you love spending time outdoors in the beautiful New Zealand backcountry? Full day guided fly fishing trips with Chris Jolly Outdoors are the perfect way to spend a day.

Our experienced guide will make sure you have a memorable day on the water, fishing for trophy trout. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy a well-deserved drink at the end of the day. We guarantee you won’t regret booking a trip with us!

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Tongariro river in Taupo with Trout

Experience Turangi’s best fly fishing

Our team of experienced and Orvis-endorsed guides will take you on a guided expedition to some of the best trout fishing waters in the world. Turangi is home to rainbow and brown trout, and our guides know all the best spots to find them.

In addition, turangi is world-renowned for its trout fishing, and we’ll make sure you have a chance to experience it first-hand. So come on out and enjoy a full day of guided fly fishing with us – you won’t be disappointed!

At Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides, we only use the best quality equipment to ensure a successful fishing day.

We know all the best fly fishing spots in Turangi

Chris Jolly Outdoors has been providing fly fishing tours in Turangi New Zealand for over 40 years. We are the best fly fishing guides in New Zealand and can help you land a trophy trout from the well-managed fisheries in the central plateau.

Our Orvis-endorsed guides will teach you the best techniques for fly fishing and provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you are a novice or an experienced fisherman, we can tailor a tour to suit your needs and help you to have a successful day on the water. Contact us today to book a tour and experience the best of what Taupo has to offer.

Get your feet cold and keep your lines tight!

Fly Fishing Gear Recommendations:

In Summer we recommend wearing

  • Rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if possible.
  • Light layers, a fleece/light jersey in case of a bit of breeze in the shade.

In Winter we recommend wearing

  • Thermal layers, preferably wool-based
  • A winter hat and gloves.
  • We provide outerwear but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it.

We will provide for your Fly Fishing Experience:

  • Use of Orvis-approved rods, reels, waders, boots and jackets (if needed).
  • Pick up and drop off from your accommodation to the fishing grounds
  • Fishing Licences
  • Full day guiding includes lunch, snacks and refreshments (please advise in advance of dietary requirements)
  • All necessary flies and leaders and tackle for you to bag your trophy!
  • 8 hours including travel time fly fishing in the Tongariro River of Taupō New Zealand
  • Orvis endorsed fishing guides

First time fly fishinging?, a few helpful tips and facts to get you started:

All of our guides are English speaking, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to communicate with them easily.

  • There is no dangerous game in NZ – so you can forget about poisonous insects, snakes and spiders.
  • All of the rivers in Turangi are fly fishing only – which means you’ll have uninterrupted access to some of the best fishing spots in the country.

Book one of our all-inclusive fly fishing trips today and experience the best Kiwi hospitality for yourself!

Orvis endorsed Fly Fishing Guide With A Rainbow Trout In Taupo New Zealand

Our Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides

The Orvis endorsement is a stamp of quality that ensures you’re getting the best possible experience when you book a trip with us. As an Orvis-endorsed outfitter, we are held to the highest standards of customer service, professionalism, and expertise. That means you can rest assured that you’re in good hands when you book a trip with us.

Our Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides know the Turangi area like the back of our hand, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have a memorable experience. So whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, we’ll be able to give you the trip of a lifetime.

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"My husband was over the moon at actually landing a trout and it has kickstarted his enthusiasm to get back into trout fishing again"
Orvis endorsed Fly fishing guide in Taupo, New Zealand Fishing for brown and rainbow trout.

Turangi New Zealand Fly Fishing Season

Looking for a great fishing spot in New Zealand? Turangi is the perfect place to drop a line all year round. The fisheries here include local rivers and streams, the main lake Taupō, and backcountry rivers – all of which offer excellent fishing for rainbow and brown trout.

The average weight of the trout here is 1-2 kilos, but there are always a few trophy fish up for grabs each season. If you’re new to fishing or just want to increase your chances of success, consider booking a fishing charter turangi. The guides at Chris Jolly know all the best spots and can help you land that big fish you’ve been dreaming of.

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Orvis endorsed Fly Fishing instructor in Lake Taupo on a guided trip in New Zealand

Weather On Your Turangi Fly Fishing Adventure

Turangi is a great place to come for trout fishing all year round. In the winter, the weather can vary from 2-22 degrees Celsius, so it’s important to bring seasonally appropriate clothing.

The summer months can be quite humid, but the humidity does make for great trout fishing conditions. Polarized sunglasses are a must-have for any fly fisherman, as they help reduce glare on the water.

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What We Offer

  • Private charter boats with catering/bar/fishing equipment and crew
  • Access to private land, water and know-how of local’s secret spaces
  • Functions, corporate events & team building

Reliable & Experienced

  • Over forty years in the central North Island tourism industry
  • We’re a family business, with local Taupō knowledge
  • Our staff are experienced adventure experts

Adventure Qualified

  • 5 Star Rated Gold Qualmark
  • Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides
  • Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice 2023
  • Partnered with Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Your Taupō Activity Partner

From beautiful lake views, to fishing crystal pools, to scenic hikes in the central North Island wilderness; Chris Jolly Outdoors are the go-to guides to tick off that bucket list.

In Taupō, the adventure possibilities are truly endless. We guarantee one thing – we’ll create a memorable experience for you that you’ll treasure forever.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have transport available?

Yes, we have helicopter transfers available from anywhere in NZ but can also arrange vehicle transfers from Auckland International or Taupo domestic terminals. Our hunting and fishing guided tours have helicopter options to them, with our hunting grounds being either a 90 minute drive or a 25 minute flight from Taupo CBD.

Where is the best fly fishing in NZ?

Right here with Chris Jolly Outdoors on Lake Taupō and the surrounding river mouths.

What is the weather like in Turangi during October to May?

The weather in Turangi during October to May is stable and ranges from 2-22 degrees Celsius. This is the perfect time of year for fly fishing.

What is the best way to increase my chances of success when fly fishing?

The best way to increase your chances of success when fly fishing is to book a guided trip with our Orvis-endorsed guides.

Are there any trophy fish that can be caught in Turangi?

Yes, there are trophy brown and rainbow trout that can be caught in Turangi. These fish can weigh up to 2 kilos.

What is the average weight of the trout caught in Turangi?

The average weight of the trout caught in Turangi is 1-2kg.

What is the difference between a guided and unguided fly fishing trip?

A guided fly fishing trip is where you will be supplied with a license and all the necessary equipment, and an expert guide will take you to the best spots for trout fishing. An unguided fly fishing trip is where you rent the equipment and do not have a guide.

Do I need a licence to go fly fishing in Turangi?

Yes, you will need a New Zealand Sports Fishing Licence. We will supply all required licenses on our guided trips.

What type of fish can be found in the rivers around Lake Taupō?

The rivers and streams around Lake Taupō are home to Rainbow and Brown Trout. These fish can range in size from 1-2 kg, with a few trophy fish up for grabs each season.

What is the best time of year to go fly fishing around Lake Taupō?

The best time of year to go fly fishing in rivers and streams in the Lake Taupō region is from October to May – this is when the weather is most stable and the fish are biting.

What is the maximum group size?

We can accommodate groups of all sizes, contact us about your group’s requirements and we can tailor a trip to suit you.

Do I need experience to go fly fishing in Taupō?

You don’t need any experience to go fly fishing with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman looking to catch a trophy trout, or a beginner wanting to learn the basics of fly fishing, we have an adventure for you.

Can I bring my own equipment?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own equipment! Anything you don’t have, we can supply for the best fishing experience.

What should I wear for fly fishing?

In summer we recommend wearing rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if possible, and light layers of clothing and bring a fleece or light jersey just in case.

In winter we recommend wearing thermal layers, preferably wool-based, winter hat and gloves. We provide outerwear but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it.

What is the best way to learn fly fishing?

Practice makes progress! We recommend learning how to fly fish on a half-day fly fishing experience with a Chris Jolly Orvis Endorsed guide.

Do I need a license to go fly fishing in Taupō?

Yes, you will need a New Zealand Sports Fishing Licence. We will supply all required licenses on our guided trips.

Can I wear felt-soled boots while fly fishing?

No. Felt-soled boots are banned in New Zealand as they can contribute to the spread of invasive species in our waterways. Learn more on the Fish and Game NZ site.

Do I need to clean my gear before and after fly fishing?

If you have fished in other waterways, you should always Check, Clean, Dry your kit to protect the waterways from invasive species.

Check – remove debris from your equipment. Clean – wash gear with detergent. Dry – If cleaning’s impractical, dry the item then leave drying for an additional 48 hours.

Learn more on the Fish and Game NZ site.

What clothing is best for hiking, hunting, fishing or being outdoors in Taupō?

Conditions are changeable in Taupō, so it’s best to be prepared! The locals joke that Taupō can have four seasons in a day!

  • Hiking boots with good ankle support and grip, or other sturdy footwear
  • Sun hat or warm beanie – pack one and wear the other
  • Sunglasses – wear or pack, NZ has harsh sunlight
  • Gloves in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack for winter
  • Socks in polypropylene or wool (a spare pair is always a good idea)

Layer up your clothes:

  • Base layer – top and leggings in polypropylene/wool, quick dry shorts or pants
  • Mid layer – long-sleeved top in wool or polar fleece – wear or pack depending on the weather
  • Exterior layer – Wind and waterproof jacket with hood – wear or pack depending on the weather (waterproof overtrousers optional)

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