New Zealand Fly Fishing and Fishing Charters

Catch New Zealand Brown and Rainbow Trout with Experienced Local Guides

About Us

Cruise and Fish and John Hamill

John Hamill is the operations manager and owner of Cruise and Fish Rotorua and has been a full time professional guide / skipper since 1996. John has specialised in fishing adventures in the central North Island's Lakes, Rivers and Streams where he grew up fishing with skills passed on from his father Bill Hamill. Bill co founded a hunting and fishing store from a love of game bird hunting and fishing and it still carries his name today, Hamill’s NZ. John has taken the passion that Bill had and followed it into guiding. 

Bill's favourite lake was Lake Tarawera and is where some of Rotorua's best Rainbow Trout come from. There is something spiritual and special about the bush, thermal springs and the volcanic splendour of Mount Tarawera as a backdrop to the fishing and is why John love's fishing the lake like Bill did. 

From the total beginner to the expert, John loves sharing the passion that is fishing. With over 50 years of fishing experience, John is committed to your enjoyment of your fishing adventure with him whether it's a helicopter fly fishing adventure to time out fishing and cruising on the lake.

John’s favourite times are sight fishing for wild rainbow and cunning brown trout in crystal clear waters surrounded by our beautiful native bush; the stealthy stalk up the river and to first spot your fish before tempting it with a dry fly or nymph is heart in the mouth exciting. This is the reward and is what fly fishing in New Zealand is famous for. Sighting and casting to these wild trout will leave snapshots in your mind for the rest of your life.


John holds a Commercial Launch Masters Qualification and is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association giving peace of mind that all concessions, licences, insurance and your health and safety legal requirements are in place.

Accomodation and Travel Partners

We guide from most of Rotorua's recognised fishing lodges and accommodation providers, Particularly Solitaire Lodge where Nimue is moored, but also with the likes of Peppers on the Point , Treetops Lodge and Estate, Black Swan, Regent of Rotorua and Koura Lodge use our expert services. We have teamed up with Green Journeys and are now part of their amazing collection of NZ travel itineraries.