Central North Island, Taupo & Turangi

The Taupo / Turangi region is world famous for having the largest fresh water lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Surrounded by the volcanoes of the central north island, the Tongariro National Park and the Kaimanawa Mountains the region is a very popular outdoor recreation area.

In the summer the Central North Island is popular with anglers because of the great wilderness rivers accessible by helicopter such as the Rangitikei, Ngaruroro and the Mohaka which provide world-class dry fly and cicada fishing.

In the winter "Steelhead" trout run the rivers in large numbers and rivers such as the Tongariro river are very popular with fisherman. Made famous by anglers such as Zane Grey and the Queen Mother this region is a popular fishing destination with lots of fishing lodges and guides.

All the members listed on this web site have the following vital accreditations:

  • Current  first aid certificate
  • DOC Concession to guide on the DOC estate
  • Audited Health & Safety Plan
  • Public liability insurance

Brett Cameron

You can contact Brett either by clicking the link below or call him on +64 27 681 4134

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Tim McCarthy

I first fly-fished the Tongariro River when our family moved to Turangi in the early 1980s. At this time I was still in high school, occasionally cutting class to go fishing! After finishing school, I started guiding with my father in 1984 as well as working at the Turangi Fly Shop Sporting Life. During the early 90s, I started guiding for Tongariro Lodge where I have been Head Guide since 2001.
With the advent of covid I went full circle when the borders closed by returning to Sporting Life and guiding mostly New Zealanders who were rediscovering their love of trout fishing. Now the borders are open I am again back to guiding full time. Having over 35 years guiding experience I provide for all levels of fly-fishing ability – from novice anglers to seasoned veterans. Being based in Turangi not only gives us access to the local Taupo rivers but also back country areas. I can also provide a helicopter or rafting option to get you to the more remote trout fishing areas.

I also run a fully licenced boat on Lake Taupo specialising in fly-fishing the famous Tongariro River Delta. This is great option for when the feet are a little tired. I look forward to fulfilling your dream New Zealand fly fishing experience.

You can contact me through email by clicking the link below or phone me on +64 27 240 9231

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Theresa Beilby

You can contact Theresa either by clicking the link below or call her on +64 27 237 6661

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Sean Andrews

Sean can be reached by clicking the Contact button.

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Mike Fransham

Mike started flyfishing in the early 80’s in Marlborough. It was initially to escape the rigours of his occupation but flyfishing soon become not only his escape but his passion. After moving to Auckland in the mid 80’s the central North Island rivers became a new escape. Having also lived in Canterbury he also had the privilege of fishing many parts of NZ. In 2015 he was able fulfil a long ambition of living on the banks of the Tongariro River.

Mike specialises in fishing the Tongariro and Tauranga-Taupo Rivers. When you live on the banks you build a unique affinity and intimacy with the river. It becomes more than just fishing. Mike is also an active member of the Tongariro National Trout Centre Board. He guides primarily out of River Birches Lodge which is also situated on the banks of the Tongariro River.

All lunches are supplied along with high quality fishing rods and gear including waders. Mike caters for all levels of experience. He also provides a beginner’s package which includes an introduction to the basics of casting a fly-line and either a full or half day on the river. Rates are available on request.

You can contact Mike either by clicking the link below or call him on +64 21 490 885

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Derek Nees

Derek is based in Wellington and fishes the many rivers close to our capital city. Contact Derek via telephone him on :+64 7 384 2080

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Rob Vaz

Rob is the operator of Robfish Guided Fly Fishing NZ. Guiding many of the Central North Island rivers for over 20 years.

Rob offers a wide range of trips from backcountry to spring creeks catering to all levels of angler experience. Rob prides himself on delivering a quality experience and using his wide range of fly-fishing experience to teach and share the beautiful resource we have here in Aotearoa. 

Rob has fished abroad in many destinations including Iceland, Slovakia, Bosnia and Slovenia and was previously a National Champion and New Zealand Fly Fishing team rep competing abroad various World Fly Fishing Championships. On his days off Rob enjoys swinging a double hander on his local Turangi rivers. Rob has a background in graphic design and intercultural experience working with former refugees from many backgrounds.
You can contact Rob by clicking below to access my website or calling +64 027 641 4106

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Mark Aspinall

I started flyfishing in the rivers around the Dunedin district where I was brought up, eventually moving to Taupo to join what was then called the NZ Forest Service as a Ranger Trainee. On leaving the Forest Service I started my own guiding business in the early 80s andin 1987 I joined Simon Dickie and Paddy Clark in the second year of operations at Poronui fishing lodge. There I gained most of my knowledge of the Central North Island back country rivers. Around 1999 I became head guide until Feb 2011 when I left Poronui to concentrate to my own guiding business based out of Taupo. Currently, I have 3 guides on the MA team they are Dave Wood, Duncan Mc Donald and Craig Aspinall. I guide all year round but specialize in back country rivers in the summer time. I guide all levels of clients, from first time people that have never held a fly rod to seasoned experts. As well as guiding my own clients I also guide for: Chris Jolly Outdoors, Huka and Tongariro lodges and then personally guide for some the best agents and outfitters from NZ and overseas.

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Brian Willson

Fishing has been a passion of mine for more than 50 years. During that time I have had some wonderful experiences fishing Lake Taupo and the rivers and streams that flow into it. I am here to share my experience and love of fishing with you. Catering for all levels, from beginner to experienced fisherman, I am able to tailor a fishing experience that best suits you. Introducing others to fishing and sharing some of the great local spots I have found over the years is something I really enjoy. I look forward to taking you on a memorable day of fishing in this most beautiful part of New Zealand. For more information about me and how you can have a wonderful outdoors experience click on the link below to go to my web site or call me free on +64 216 67867. Tight lines! Brian Willson

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Bryce Curle

Bryce has been guiding in the Taupo/Turangi and Central North Islands abundance of streams and rivers since 1998, with options to cater for everyone from the beginner to the experienced angler who may want to experience the more remote and pristine streams and rivers either by 4x4 vehicle, helicopter or hiking, sight fish to wild and hard fighting rainbow and brown trout.
To find out more please look at Bryce’s web site contact below. Telephone: ++64 272049401

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Craig Aspinall

On leaving school I trained as a carpenter in Wellington, when work moved me to Taupo for a few building projects. Then in the late 80s, I teamed up with my brother Mark Aspinall to guide in the Taupo region. After building up my guiding experience my brother introduced me to Poronui lodge in the early 90s where now I do the bulk of my guiding during the summer fishing season. I am currently the longest serving guide at Poronui and enjoy seeing my repeat clients each season. I have always been loyal to my brother's guiding business where I occasionally team up with him to do some local guiding and back country fishing trips with his clients. We look forward to continuing to do for many years. When I am not working I enjoy: fly tying ,sea fishing,trout fishing, diving and keeping fit.

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Steve Yerex

Steve Yerex has been fly fishing in the Central North Island for fifteen years. Based in Taupo, he specialises in Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout fly fishing, both summer dry fly action and winter steelhead runs. He is able to provide back country heli fishing, and as a senior trip leader single or multi-day raft fishing trips, as well as wade fishing. He can provide riverside accommodation on the Tauranga-Taupo River, and can supply all equipment as needed. Beginners and knowledgeable fisherman alike will enjoy the experience.

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David Wood

David Wood is based in the central North Island. This location gives him a wide range of opportunities for his clients. From fishing the multitude of rivers that feed Lake Taupo with it’s large Rainbows and unbelievable river run Browns, to Mountain river and stream fishing in the Kaimaniwa’s, Urewera’s and Kaweka’s. These crystal clear blue ribbon waterways are accessed by 4X4, Raft, or Helicopter. You can expect to encounter the "water of dreams", with opportunities to cast to truly magnificent fish in an area of unspoiled splendour. Backcountry overnight trips a speciality. Outfitting and a range of accommodation available. Contact Dave via the enquiry button below or call him on +64 21 2147 271

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Kunio Onishi

Kunio is the first, and only FFI certified casting instructor in the Central North Island.

He is one of the most passionate flyfishers and fly tiers known. Kunio was born in Japan, spent most of his 20's discovering new water and great locations in New Zealand and ultimately decided to put down roots in Taupo. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and the latest techniques to catch the fish of your dreams.

He is also known as a Spey casting instructor. If you would like to reach another world of fly fishing...swinging big flies on the big rivers like Tongariro, he is the man to contact!
Telephone: + 64 7 378 9366

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Paul McDonald

Paul guides around the Waikato/King Country areas and specializes in chasing backcountry Rainbow and Brown trout in some amazing locations around the central North Island. These beautiful waters can be accessed by 4×4 motor vehicle, helicopter and raft. Paul is based in National Park in the off season he can found guiding and hosting trips to unique overseas locations. Telephone: +64 21 6060 106

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Jason Bethune

Got my first fly rod & fly tying kit at the age of 9yrs and it really did start something. To say i love fly fishing is the understatement of the century finally after yrs of fishing and farming in the Taupo area. My wife & i  brought a fishing lodge in 2010 (Troutbeck Fishing Lodge) and started guiding  which has became another real passion.  There is nothing more satisfying than helping othes achieve their dreams. These days my wife & I own & run  the legendary Creel Tackle House & Cafe (The oldest flyfishing shop in NZ).  Jason guides from there which is on the banks of the famous Tongariro River. Jason offers  dryfly/nymph/euro & swinging wet flies all over the Central North Island. He offers heli fishing / raft fishing/ quad bike fishing over many famous rivers he also has a great love for the mighty trophy Lake Otamangakau. He really prides himself on clients not only catching fish but having a real good day. Telephone: +64 27 600 6344

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