Tongariro National Trout Centre. Turangi. North Island. New Zealand.
S 39° 01.168 E 175° 48.545
60H E 396902 N 5680388
Quick Description: Nestled in a peaceful bush setting, the Tongariro National Trout Centre provides a peek into the world of trout at Taupo.
You can wander through the hatchery facility, look through an underwater trout viewing chamber or take a stroll along the Tongariro River. The River Walk Visitor Centre is open to the public, full of interesting displays about the Taupo trout fishery.
Location: New Zealand
Date Posted: 6/11/2008 9:45:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM3ZJG
As a prize fishery, Taupo is world renowned for the quality and size of the trout caught. Thousands of visitors come to the district each year to see and fish for rainbow and brown trout in our waters.
The Tongariro National Trout Centre, run by the Department of Conservation, is a place where visitors can learn all about how wild trout live, be inspired to learn the different ways to fish for them and gain an understanding of the need for management of this superb fishery, so future generations can also enjoy fishing at Taupo.
The hatchery area of the complex is continually maintained by the Department of Conservation in a state of readiness should re-stocking of the fishery ever be necessary. This could be the course of action if a severe natural occurrence was to put the wild trout fishery in jeopardy. At present the hatchery still performs a role in rearing fish for the children’s fishing pond each year.
The new River Walk Visitor Centre has an outstanding educational display of antique fishing memorabilia, the life cycle of trout, the history of the fishery and what the Department of Conservation does to manage the trout fishery.
The Centre is located 4 kilometres south of Turangi on State Highway 1.
The history of the Taupo Fishery is available on this webpage.
Read about the Opening of the River Walk education centre in 2003 on this webpage.