Trout Centre

Kid's Fishing

The Tongariro National Trout Centre is a great place for kids.
Feed the trout in our Children's Fishing Pond, check them out in our underwater viewing chamber and learn about the Taupo fishery and the Tongariro River.

On special days of the year we open our pond for childrens public 'fishouts'. These days always book out so contact us today to make your family booking

Send us your pictures from our fishout and we will add them to our gallery.

Our Children's dates for 2014

Wed 30th Apr - School Holidays sorry now full

Sun 1st Jun - Queens Birthday Weekend  limited space

Wed 16th Jul - School Holidays  sorry fully booked

Wed 8th Oct - School Holidays  fully booked

Sun 26th Oct - Labour Weekend... This Sunday will be a $10  'fishing only'  & picnic day..   Bookings limited .


Wed 7th Jan - School Holidays

Wed 14th Jan - School Holidays

Bookings are essential


Pond Opening Hours for children's fishouts

The pond will be open between 09:30am and 2.30pm, rain or shine.


Fishout Bookings


To book for one of our Children's Fishouts, please contact us on (07) 386 8085 between 10:00am and 3:00pm (1 May to 30 November) and between 10:00am and 4:00pm (1 December to 30 April).

Alternatively you can email


What you need to know ...

Age Limit
Children aged 6-14 years (inclusive) can fish the pond with the help of Volunteer Anglers.

$10 per child.
This includes
  A special Trout Centre Souvenir Child's Licence
  Certificate recording your catch
  On the above dates we 'Fillet and Smoke' your catch. ( this option is not normally available for other group bookings.. Please call us to      discuss your group requirements )
  We provide all fishing equipment with help from our volunteers
  and of course .. you get to take your catch home


Rods and Gear
All fishing gear is provided, but you may wish to bring your own fishing gear for the fly-casting lessons only.

Food and refreshments
A 'sausage sizzle' BBQ and other food is normally available from $2.00 per item.

Payment options
Cash payments only. We are sorry but there are no EFTPOS or VISA facilities available at our fishing pond.