Catch New Zealand Brown and Rainbow Trout with Experienced Local Guides

Cruise and Fish on Lake Tarawera Rotorua New Zealand

Trout Fishing Charters

One of the must do experiences while in Rotorua is a trout fishing charter or a cruise to famous Te Rata bay and it's hot water springs and beaches. Within 15 minutes from Rotorua city you can be on our boat 'Nimue' and you will be in with a chance to catch one of Lake Tarawera's famous and fabulous rainbow trout. If time permits you can even sample your catch cooked in the hot springs on the lake edge, a bit like natures Sous Vide machine... The methods we use are jigging, soft baits, trolling, harling with a fly rod and fly fishing, these all depend on the time of year and where the fish are in the water column. 

Our charters are private exclusive charters for you or your group. The boat rate is $290 per hour and we suggest a 3 hour charter to best experience the time with us. Refer to our rate page (as a guideline 4 people can enjoy 3 hours at $217.50 per person). Tarawera's boat fishing season is from the 1st October to the 30 June. (There are fly fishing and spin fishing options from the shoreline from the 1st July to 30 September). Nimue is surveyed for up to 20 people and depending on the time of the year and what fishing technique there can 8 to 10 people fishing at one time. Please contact us for a great time in our very special part of New Zealand. 

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 thermal springs on the lakes edge. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included, we are also fully licensed and a selection of beer and wine is available for purchase. 


Enjoy with Family or Friends, for a special occasion, corporate event, team building and staff parties. It's not just about the fishing to make a Tarawera day special.

Fishing Licences:

All fresh water trout fishing is subject to NZ Fish and Game regulations. Boat fishing on Lake Tarawera's is open from 1st October to 30th June and the winter shoreline fly and spin fishing from 1st April to 30 SeptemberWe are a Fish and Game licence agent so if you don't have one or require one then we can supply these on demand on the day.

Licence rates for 2018 / 2019.

As there have been substantial increases and changes from Fish and Game please have a look at the PDF link on our Rates page 

Special deal available. Please quote when sending a request. 

Where to meet us.

Pick up point 1.

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.

Pick up point 2.

Bayview road about 4 minutes further along Spencer Road.

Thanks to Google maps for the link.


We get asked often when is the best time to fish, well bite times do work for trout SOMETIMES!!! We found had the best table and flexible for most of the country. 


Some of the fun to be had......Grant's flip at the rock hot pool.


Vince Cusumano posted this fun footage of a mornings jigging for trout with us.

Freshly cooked trout from the hot sands of Te Rata Bay


Sample BBQ menu.


Sirloin steak

Moroccan Chicken Squires

Fresh Fish Parcels


Mild Mustard


Sweet Chilli Sauce

BBQ Sauce

Mixed bread selection


Roast potatoes and Ham salad

Fresh Garden Salad

Curried Eggs



Chocolate Mud Cake Served with Chantilly Cream

Rotorua and 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.

Cruise and Fish offer options to relax and take in the scenic beauty of Lake Tarawera, 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. 

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.

Rotorua's Trophy Rainbow Trout Fishery

Lake Tarawera's rainbow trout are so prized, Fish and Game NZ use 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.

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 and springs so hot you can cook in it and pools warm enough to soak and relax in. Another '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 with plans to extend it around the lake. There are walks to view the Tarawera Falls and Lake Rotomahana. Lake Tarawera has a water taxi service for those wanting to access these quickly without the Cruise and Fish experiences operated by Totally Tarawera.  

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 with amazing panoramic views is 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.

There are numerous self contained accommodation to rent on sites like AirBNB, Holiday Homes and Batch Care. 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 and holiday home market is Tihi Retreat. It is run by Steve Perrett 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.