02 Dec

Raft Fishing on the Tongariro River

The Tongariro River is world famous for its trout fishing. Most of the upper river, however, can only be reached by kayak or raft.

COVID-19: We are open and rafting at all red/orange/green levels, masks are required within our building and vehicles, if you are feeling unwell we are happy to arrange a refund or reschedule your booking. 

Let’s Go Raft Fishing – Overview


The price is per raft. $750 is for 1 or 2 people. Maximum of 3 people, minimum age 10 years.

Departure Times:

All Seasons: 8am. Trip times are flexible for groups.

Departure Points:

The Rafting Centre, 95 Atirau Rd, Turangi

What you need to bring:

Waders, fishing tackle, sense of humour, Taupō fishing licence.

During Covid we require everybody to bring a mask with them to wear as a face covering in our base and vehicles.

What you need to bring for overnight trips:

Own toiletries, sleeping bag, change of clothes, refreshments.

  • Clothing & Safety: life jacket, helmet, splash jacket, raft guides
  • Transport to and from river
  • Overnight trips: all food and camping equipment is supplied
  • N.B. We can organise waders and fishing tackle for you if required

This wilderness section of the river, with its crystal clear pools and unspoiled runs, gets minimal angling pressure compared to the lower Tongariro and can, therefore, deliver exceptional fishing.

The upper river is open to anglers from December 1st to May 31st each year. For anglers seeking uncrowded waters and large numbers of quality fighting fish, this can be trout heaven.

We raft fish many central North Island rivers, not just the Tongariro River. Contact Garth to discuss the other options available and let him put together your dream fishing trip to the North Island.

Fly Fishing

The lower Tongariro River can be fished year round. Fishing during the months of the winter spawning run allows anglers the opportunity to catch strong, fresh-run trout.

Half or full day trips can be arranged with professional guides on the Tongariro, the Tauranga-Taupō, Rangitikei or any of the many other famous rivers on our doorstep

Departure Times

All Seasons: 8am
Trip times are flexible for groups


$750 for 1 or 2 people

Note: We’re committed to preventing the spread of didymo and other waterborne pests. Please check, clean and dry your gear before you arrive, or we may need to put you through the didymo cleaning station.