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Trout fishery licence fees increased for new season

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Trout fishery licence fees increased for new season

The Department of Conservation has confirmed Taupō Fishing District licence fees for the 2023–24 season, marking an increase in the price for the first time in six years.

The new price will affect the fishing licenses sold for the new season.

From 1 July, overseas visitors will pay $89 for a week – up from $65 last season and Kiwi trout fishers will pay $49 for a week, up from $42.

With operational costs continuing to grow, it was inevitable that fees would have to increase, said DOC operations manager for the Taupō Fishery, Dave Conley.

“Our licence fees will increase by an average of 10%, which is still well below the Consumer Price Index increases seen over the last six years,” Conley said.

“Taupō is regarded by many as one of the best trout fisheries in the world.

“Fishery maintenance and monitoring is reliant on licence income, so a fee increase is required to ensure we continue to deliver a quality experience for anglers.”

All Taupō Fishing District licences can be purchased from the online fishing licence store.

Alternatively, anglers can buy licences from one of the many fishing tackle stores in the region.

New trout fishery license fees

Licence category                           Licence fees for 2023/24

24-hour: Adult                               $23.00

24-hour: Child                               $5.00

Week: Adult                                   $49.00

Week: Non-resident                     $89.00

Whole season: Adult                    $105.00

Whole season: Child                     $13.50

Whole season: Senior                  $90.00

Whole season: Non-resident      $169.00

Whole season: Family                  $159.00

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