The fishing pond at the Tongariro National Trout Centre will be open on the following days:

Sunday 3 January 2010

Sunday 10 January 2010

Sunday 17 January 2010

Saturday 3 April (Easter & School Holidays)

Sunday 6 June (Queens Birthday Weekend)

Sunday 11July (School Holidays)

Sunday 3 October (School Holidays)

Sunday 24 October (Labour Weekend)



Hours – The pond will be open between of 9.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. 


Bookings – Numbers will be restricted to 30 children per hour. You will be given your start time when making your booking.  Please arrive on time.


Bookings can be made by telephoning the trout centre volunteers at The River Walk visitor centre on (07) 386 8085 between 10am and 3pm (1 May to 30 November) and between 10am and 4pm. (1 December to 30 April) daily or by email: by website: or by fax: (07) 386 8490.


Age Limit and Conditions – Children aged six to 14 years (inclusive) who can hold and control a fly rod.  Tuition is free. Tuition will be given by volunteers from the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society,


The total charge for fishing the Pond is $6.00. This charge includes a Child 24 hour licence and an administration cost. Children may bring their own Taupo District fishing licence but will incur a $2.00 administration charge.  They will then be assisted at the pond to catch a trout which will be weighed, measured and presented to them with a certificate to take home.  No facilities are available for cleaning fish and these must be removed whole from the premises or you may get your fish filleted and smoked on site, see below for details. Plastic bags for your fish can be purchased on the day for $0.50 each.


Peter Southey-Jensen of Wellington


Fly-casting tuition option for children and adults For a cost of $10 per per  child and $15 per adult you can receive advanced fly-casting tuition. Suggested ages for this are 8+ years; sessions start at 11am and 1pm and last for about one hour. Limit 6 per session.  Bookings for this prior to the day are essential.


Rods – Complete sets of gear are provided for all activities. No private or personal fishing equipment is to be used in the pond to avoid the possibility of disease being introduced, but you may wish to bring your own fishing gear for the advanced fly-casting lessons.


Fish filleting and smoking -You can have your fish filleted, smoked and wrapped in foil ready to take home for a small donation.


Food and refreshments

The Tongariro National Trout Centre Society run a sausage sizzle barbeque on the day and other food is available, including hot and cold drinks. Costs are from $2 per item.


Facilities – Parking space is adjacent to State Highway 1. Make sure you lock your vehicle and take valuable items with you or keep them out of sight.  While you are at the centre make sure you also see the underwater viewing chamber and The River Walk visitor centre.  There is also a pleasant stroll beside the Tongariro River and plenty of picnic areas at the centre. 


Donations – The children’s fishing days are run by a dedicated team of volunteers from the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society.  The Society relies on donations to continue and your generosity would be appreciated.


Payment options – There are no EFTPOS or VISA facilities so please bring cash for all payments.


Location – The location of the Tongariro National Trout Centre is State Highway 1, approximately 4kms south of Turangi Township.

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