New Zealand Fly Fishing and Fishing Charters

Catch New Zealand Trout with Experienced Local Guides

Fly Fishing for Trout from Rotorua with Cruise and Fish Rotorua

Cruise and Fish Rotorua together with Hamill Guiding are your fly fishing specialists for the Rotorua region. Whether a short drive from your Rotorua accommodation to a local spot or a helifishing adventure into a remote backcountry stream, we can offer a package to suit your ability and dreams. No matter what your experience level, Cruise and Fish Rotorua have the expertise to provide you with a personalised fly fishing adventure for Brown and Rainbow Trout on the legionary rivers, streams, and lakes in the Rotorua and Taupo regions of New Zealand. Pick up is from your accommodation and you can choose from a half-day on a local stream, a full day within an a 1.5hr drive from Rotorua to a day or multi-day helicopter adventures in the New Zealand wilderness river. John is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and complies with their constitution for Health and Safety, Department of Conservation and Code of Ethics when it comes to looking after you.  

Rates from Rotorua

The following are our base packages, these are a guide and can vary depending the time of year.

1/2 Day: $550 for up to 2 on the local streams and lakes, includes light refreshments and equipment.

Full day: $950 for up to 2 on the rivers, streams and lakes of the central North Island, includes lunches, refreshments and equipment. 

Full day helifishing: from $1950 for 2 and includes the cost of the helicopter. Consider the options for making this a two-day trip to take advantage of the cost of the helicopter.


This You Tube video was on a river not to far by helicopter and produced a huge amount of fun for Craig and Steve.

John Hamill is a Thomas and Thomas Pro Staff guide. Our clients love the action and the handcrafted finish of our Horizon II 905, NS5 905, Helix 906 and LPS II 905 rods. If you would like to try a Thomas and Thomas rod, check out the Australasian agents website The Blue Damsel Fly Company's for an agent close to you. If you are in Rotorua and would like to test drive one of these great rods then contact us and we will put one of these phenomenal rods in your hand. For a link to us and other pro guides on the Thomas and Thomas site check out the extended cast of pro guides.



We can supply all the fishing equipment you require but if you can please bring the following to make your day more comfortable.

•    Clothing for both warm and cool conditions (New Zealand's weather can be a little unpredictable sometimes!!)

•    Wet weather gear.

•    Polaroid sunglasses.

•    Cap or wide brim Hat.

•    Sunscreen lotion.

•    Insect repellent.

•    Wading stick (optional).

•    All clothing should be dull or neutral coloured.

Fishing Tackle

Although you are most welcome to bring your lucky rod or your own secret flies. Cruise and Fish use good quality fishing tackle and will supply the fly to match the hatch. Available for your use are Thomas and Thomas and Sage fly rods, Lamson and Scientific Anglers reels, Scientific Anglers, Airflow and Rio Lines, Simms and Reddington Waders and Boots.

Take the easy way and order your fly selection from Stu' Fly Shop, if you plan to go it alone, and for the best indicator product for NZ's large testy fish thats used and tested by most guides here check out Strike Indicator Company.

Dry Fly's

Adams Parachute 12 – 18, CDC Emerger 14 – 16, Dad's Favourite 12 – 16, Black Gnat 12 – 16, Blow Fly 12 – 14, Cicada / Hoppers 8 – 10, Humpy's Selection 10 – 14, Kakahi Queen 12 – 16, Royal Wolf 8 – 16, Stimulators yellow, green and orange.


Stoneflies 10 – 12, Hare and Copper 10 – 16, Hares Ear 10 – 16, Pheasant Tail   10 – 16.

Bead headed nymphs

Hare and Copper 10 – 16, Pheasant Tail 10 – 16


Wooly Bugger Black, Green and Brown 6 – 10, Parsons Glory 6 – 10, Grey Ghost 6 – 10, Hamill Killer red or yellow body 6 – 10.

Wading Boots / Waders

Wading boots and lightweight breathable wader combination are preferred for the early season and cooler day's. Rubber or studded rubber wading boots. Simm's and Reddington have some great products to satisfy most anglers.

‘Kiwi style’ wet wading during the summer months is the most comfortable way of going fishing, wearing a pair of shorts, neoprene wading socks with wading boots and long thermal underwear or lightweight long pants to protect legs from scratches, sun and insects.

Fly lines

A dull neutral coloured floating fly line. Olive, grey, white or clear. The alternative is fishing with the ultra long leaders we all love! Nothing is perfect as ALL lines cast shadows and since generally our waters are gin clear anything that disguises your line to the trout is an advantage.

Leaders and Tippets

Fluorocarbon or Nylon fishing line; It’s up to you. Longer leaders are recommended in heavier tests, 10 – 12 feet in 4 – 10lb test to which you add your tippet material so the total length can be 15 to 18ft. Tippet in the 4 – 8lb test covers most situations. Again in clear waters, long leaders means that any advantage you can get can make the difference.

Fly Rods

A 5 or 6 weight fly rod is recommended as a general fly rod for fishing our local conditions. 7 or 8 weight for the lakes and larger rivers.

Fly Reels

Bring reels with a good drag system and plenty of backing, at least 100 yards. We find large arbor reels are best for this with room for enough backing and also ensure a good retrieval speed. There's nothing worse than to see your fly line disappearing off your reel knowing that there's not much left as a big fish heads off down stream....


We take yours and our safety seriously. We have a health and safety plan and comply with New Zealand's WorksafeNZ and Maritime NZ regulations. As we often fish in remote areas for extended times we carry an EPIRB on all trips, your guide is trained in first aid and a medical kit is always on hand.

There are always many factors that can influence your success on any given day so I suggest a stay of at least 3 days and if the weather should disrupt your plans and from Rotorua (follow this link) there is never a shortage of places and sights to take your mind off home and work.