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

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.

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Peter Wilton

At the age of nine I made my first ever cast into the turbulent waters of the Tongariro River, the raw power of her thundering green rapids was intimidating. The whole scene completely absorbed me. Second cast a five pound rainbow struck on the swing ripping line from my frozen fingers. Little did I know the impact that particular moment would have on my life. I was completely captivated; immersed in the river's magic. Fifty years on, that fascination still lingers and I remain addicted, absorbed in the rivers grandour. Fly fishing in New Zealand rivers isn't just a sport, it's a passion that consumes you and over the last twenty years I've been fortunate to be involved not only as a guide, but also as a fishery ranger and trap operater working for the Department of Conservation who manage this great fishery. Summer sees my passion extend beyond the Taupo rivers to our majestic wilderness rivers that border our region. Stalking wild browns and rainbows with nymph or dryfly in a sunlit gorge is a unique New Zealand experience. I invite you to share this passion and join me on an adventure of your choice, whether you're an experienced or novice angler, there's a river just waiting for you.

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Chris Brennan

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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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Duncan McDonald

Duncan operates out of the Taupo region. Being based in Central North Island gives his clients many opportunities to access the many rivers that feed Lake Taupo. The hills are a small drive away, including National Park, Kaimanawa's and the Urewera's. Access into these amazing mountain regions can be done by 4wd, Helicopter and by raft by arrangement. Central North Island provides fantastic adventures all year round, whether the dry fly for big browns and rainbow trout in the hills, or winter spawning runs in the Taupo catchment. Duncan is also a chef by trade which is handy for those camp outs and over nighters in huts. Duncan has all the gear that you will need to enjoy your adventure. Patients is also one of his virtues, so being a absolute beginner is not a problem.

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Tim McCarthy

Tim is Tongariro Lodge's head guide. Tim has guided for 27 years in the central North Island and Taupo fishery. Prior to this time Tim worked in a fly fishing shop in Turangi. Tim regularly fly fishes internationally. Tongariro Lodge has provided the ultimate New Zealand fly fishing and lodge experience for 25 years. The Lake Taupo watershed and top wilderness rivers and streams in the central North Island are Tim's and Tongariro Lodge's speciality. Tim and Tongariro Lodge Guides provide 4x4, helicopter, raft and boat access to over 30 rivers and 4 lakes and together they are recognised as one of the most experienced and well known guiding operations in New Zealand.

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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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Brett Cameron

Brett Cameron has been a full time guide since 2005.  He is based in Taupo - offering a full guiding service including an optional fishing cabin with stunning views over Lake Taupo. Brett provides all the fishing gear and refreshments, and offers trips from 1/2, 3/4 and full day fly fishing/ helifishing/ to multiday adventures in and around the Taupo region and caters for the novice angler through to seasoned fly fisherman. In addition to fly fishing on the rivers Brett also has a charter boat ‘MAVERICK’ which is based on Lake Taupo.

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Kunio Onishi

When was the last time he didn't fish?? Kunio is based in the central North Island, and is one of the most passionate flyfishers and fly tiers known. He 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.  Choose from local-easy-access rivers, wilderness fishing to helicopter fishing...From half a day of fun to multi day camping adventures, all can be tailored to your special requests. He is also known as a master of Skagit and Scandi casting with 2 handed rods. 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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Alex Waller

I love fly fishing. In fact, I live to fish!

I’ve fished since I was a kid and my grandad and I taught ourselves to cast a fly rod in the back garden when I was around twelve years old. The passion and love for fishing that we both shared still burns bright within me and still drives me to this day.

I’m based in Taupo, in the middle of the North Island and have spent my time exploring the endless backcountry lakes and rivers that surround me. I’m constantly looking for that ultimate sight fishing experience! I love nothing more than dropping off the grid, finding those places that people don’t go and then pitting my wits against the fish that live there.

More recently, I have turned my attention to salt water and am one of a handful of obsessed fishos that have been spending their time discovering the untapped potential of flats fishing for yellow tail kingfish.

When I’m not out on the water, you will be able to find me at the vice tying flies and editing photos. So, whether you want to stalk big trout in a gin clear river or feel the untamed power of a Kingfish as it peels off towards the ocean, I can put you right amongst the action. 

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Anthony Fullerton-Smith

You can contact Anthony via his email williamfullertonsmith@yahoo.co.nz or mobile +64 2040271914

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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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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. My wife Sharen and I also offer homestay accommodation at our large modern home in Rangatira Park, close to Taupo town centre. 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 0800 110 575. Tight lines! Brian Willson

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Sean Andrews

Sean specialises in multi day fly fishing expeditions into the National and Forest Parks of the Central North Island. Guiding the remote rivers and streams of New Zealand's pristine wilderness he caters for the intrepid angler looking for bespoke fly fishing adventures . Telephone :+64 21 041 3730 

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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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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 7 386 6813

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Leon McCarthy

I became a fly fishing guide in 1995-97 whilst working at the Waitahanui Lodge, Lake Taupo.I enjoy guiding all of the famous Taupo rivers, or going backcountry into our beautiful Parks and Mountain ranges. Like the Kawekas, Kaimanawas, Ureweras, Ahimanawas or whereever is going to give people the best experience. I make my own flies, i have designed my own patterns and have tied commercially. I have flyfished overseas in North California, British Columbia, and Alaska. I continue guiding because i enjoy the beautiful locations, meeting people, helping them enjoy their fly fishing more and making them happy.

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Jakob "Joeb" van De laar

Jakob "Joeb" van De laar can be contacted via email.

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Stephen Sprague

Fishy Steve’s fly fishing guide service located in Lake Taupo, New Zealand. A professional fly fishing guide and specialist instructor – from fly fishing tuition with beginners keen to learn, to full on back country missions for the already keen fly anglers. Let Fishy Steve hook you up with the best of the regions wild Brown and Rainbow trout on the beautiful rivers of New Zealand.

In addition to the Taupo Region, Fishy Steve guides fly fishing adventures in some of the stunning back country of Aotearoa. Telephone: +64 7 378 2192

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Jim Rainey

Jim’s business is based in a small town called Mangaweka which is on the edge of the world famous fly fishing Rangitikei River. Jim and his wife Ruth own a farm and Jim guides the many rivers in the area during the summer months. Jim has been guiding for 20 years and started Green Trout Guiding 15 years ago. He has been a member of NZPFGA for 10 years.

He offers on-foot guiding, rafting and helicopter options along with multi day camp outs with either the raft or helicopter. All fishing/camping gear is supplied if needed and a satellite phone carried on all multi day trips. Jim is a qualified Grade 3 river guide and has rafted the Rangitikei River extensively for the last 20 years.

Sight fishing to browns and rainbows with a dry fly is the ultimate experience for Jim and he will work hard to get you onto some of those fish. You can contact Jim at either raineys@xtra.co.nz or +64 6 3825507 or visit his web site

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