Cruise and Fish from Rotorua, New Zealand on Lake Tarawera
Trout fishing charters from Rotorua for trout on Lake Tarawera
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, geysers, natural hot springs, and a fascinating Maori culture. The central North Island of New Zealand is also home to some of the best trout fishing New Zealand has to offer. One of the must do experiences while in Rotorua is a trout fishing charter or a cruise to famous Te Rata bay and its hot water beaches. Within 15 minutes from Rotorua city you can be on our boat 'Nimue' and comes fully equipped with everything you need for trout fishing or cruising and a chance to catch one of Lake Tarawera's trophy rainbow trout. For a unique charter experience, consider cooking your catch in the geothermal hot sands while you relax in a natural hot pool. Enjoy with family or friends, for a special occasion, corporate event, team building and staff parties.
Come and enjoy time on an exclusive charter with Cruise and Fish on Lake Tarawera. There are many options to relax and take in the scenic beauty, from it's famous rainbow trout fishery, to a soak in the warm waters of Te Rata Bay, a hike on the Tarawera Trail, Tarawera Falls walk or the short hike to view Lake Rotomahana. To top this off we can provide scrumptious BBQ menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner, catering from finger food to a three course menu, or have your catch cooked in the hot sands. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included, we are also fully licensed and a selection of beer and wine is available for purchase. Nimue is surveyed for up to 20 people and depending on what type of fishing 8 to 10 people can enjoy the experience at one time. Please contact us for a great time in our very special part of New Zealand.
This is an exclusive charter with just you and your group, we don't mix groups or have scheduled departures, we go when you want to go. For the costs please refer to our Rates Page.
Mixed group charters
We do not have scheduled trips and only do private charters for you and your group.
Refer to our rate page but as a guideline 4 people can enjoy 3 hours at $205 per person. (This is a boat rate and is a private charter.)
All fresh water trout fishing is subject to NZ Fish and Games regulations. Boat fishing on Lake Tarawera's is open for fishing from 1st October to 30th June and the winter shoreline from 1st April to 30 September. We are an Eastern region Fish and Game licence agent so if you don't have one or require one then we can supply these on demand.
Licence rates for 2016 / 2017.
24hr Adult $20.00, Junior $5.00, under 12 free. For a full list download the PDF link on our Rates page.
special deal available. Please quote when sending a request.
How to get to our main pick up point.
This is Kariri Point boat launching facilities and boat sheds. After the Buried Village and the start of the residential area. Turn right at the bottom of the first steep hill, there is a road sign stating Steep grade change down, this is the second right turn about 2km after the 50 kph sign in the residential area of Spencer Rd and has a right turn lane, you will see the sign Kariri Point Reserve on the grass area on the right hand side of the road and sign post Boat Ramp. If you pass Rangiuru Bay Rd and Stoney Point Reserve then you have gone to far. This is a link to Google maps for directions to download or use the Google map below to make your own way complete with instructions.
or we may use the Bayview road option below. Thanks to Google maps and this link.
We get asked often when is the best time to fish, well bite times do work for trout SOMETIMES!!! We found Fishing.net.nz had the best table and flexible for most of the country.
Freshly cooked trout from the hot sands of Te Rata Bay
Sample BBQ menu.
FROM THE GRILL
Moroccan Chicken Squires
Fresh Fish Parcels
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Mixed bread selection
Roast potatoes and Ham salad
Fresh Garden Salad
Chocolate Mud Cake Served with Chantilly Cream
Over the years, Rotorua has become a water playground destination because of its 15 beautiful lakes, it's amazing streams and rivers. But don't take our word for it, experience it yourself!
Experience Lake Tarawera
Come and experience some of the scenic beauty that Rotorua is famous for, Lake Tarawera. If you have a special event or require special arrangements please contact us as we would love to make it that much more special. We look forward to being of service to you and providing a great experience on Lake Tarawera.
Cruises and Hot pools on Lake Tarawera
A Cruise and Fish charter can provide the perfect day out for those not wanting to fish but wanting to take in and enjoy the scenic beauty. It's a great venue for special occasions, team building or family fun, Lake Tarawera has natural hot water springs, amazing bush walks, the Tarawera Trail and the walk to the spectacular Tarawera falls on the Tarawera river. Combine these with a scrumptious BBQ meal or bring your own and the stage is set for some relaxing time on the water. Best months are December to March as the day and water temperatures are at their best. The back drop of Mount Tarawera makes this lake one of the most spectacular in the Rotorua Lakes region.
Rotorua's Trophy Rainbow Trout Fishery
Lake Tarawera's rainbow trout are so prized, Fish and Game NZ uses them for selective breeding at the Ngongotaha Trout Hatchery. These trout grow so big, so fast, they are used to boost the stocks and improve the gene pool of lakes throughout Rotorua and other parts of New Zealand. Your Cruise and Fish charter onboard 'Nimue' has all the equipment for fly fishing, jigging and trolling and knowledge to help you land one of these rainbow trout.
Birthplace of Maori Tourism
Lake Tarawera is only 15 minutes drive from Rotorua City centre and the area around Mount Tarawera is one of New Zealand's unique places to visit with spectacular views of native New Zealand forest right to the waters edge. The lake is 41.6 square kilometres, has an average depth of 50m and was formed about 5000 years ago. Rotorua was probably the birthplace of New Zealand Tourism and the Pink and White Terraces were one of the first places for Maori ventures into tourism. The famed terraces, once rated the eighth natural wonder of the world, were on Lake Rotomahana and the crossing on Lake Tarawera was the main way of getting to and from the terraces. These were buried in the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. Today we can only look at the images captured in paintings and photos and only imagine what their splendour must have been.
The main attraction today is Te Rata Bay and is commonly called Hot Water Beach and is not to be confused with the one on the Coromandel Peninsular with no need to wait for low tide and is where you find natural hot water springs bubbling up on the lake edge, sand so hot you can cook in it and pools warm to soak and relax in. Another fast climbing the 'to do' walks is the Tarawera Trail, accessed near the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) it ends for the time being at Te Rata Bay DOC camp. There are walks to view the Tarawera Falls and Lake Rotomahana.
Places to see on the way from Rotorua city out to Lake Tarawera are the Blue (Tikitapu) and Green (Rotokakahi) Lake's, Buried Village and Cafe for a look at pre and post eruption way of life evolved around the terraces, museum and a great cafe. The Landing Cafe serves a great coffee and temps taste buds for morning teas to delicious meals on the lake edge at The Landing (Punaromia).
Accommodation at Lake Tarawera ranges from one of Rotorua's famous lodges, nestled on a peninsula, the freshly refurbished Solitaire Lodge. It is a luxury experience and is owner hosted with stunning views and everything you would expect of a top quality SLH Property. We have the privilege of looking after some of their guests. Please check out their packages that include time with us and other fabulous experiences while staying there.
Self contained accommodation to rent like The Tree Hut to a great B & B operated by David and Karen Walmsley, Pounamu Lodge. David also runs the Lake Tarawera water taxi service and Karen shares her Maori ancestry with guided tours about the area. If you have a desire to stay in Rotorua there is no shortage of places to stay, among these is a new entry into the luxury B & B and holiday home market Tihi Retreat and is run by Steve Perrett and Toni Hamill and offers stunning views of Rotorua City, surrounding forest and farmland. This makes you within 5 minutes of the town centre and all the other attractions unique to Rotorua. For more on these check the local websites of Destination Rotorua and Rotorua NZ.
Some of the fun to be had......Grant's flip at the rock hot pool.
Thanks to Vince Cusumano for a GoPro video and some of the trout they caught on his wifes Jan's birthday charter on the 10th March 2013.