Fly fishing guide Adam Priest offers professional guided fly fishing services on the Tongariro river and in the Taupo region of New Zealand.
Adam is a qualified, fully accredited New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association member.
About Your Guide
Adam grew up fly fishing the rivers, streams and lakes of New Zealand where he developed a passion for this recreation and a keen interest in ecology.
Adam first fly fished the Taupo region and Tongariro river as a teenager and has since developed an excellent knowledge of the area and learned the best fly fishing techniques to catch fish.
Over the years Adam has been employed in many guiding roles within the tourism industry, these roles include heli-fly fishing guide for the famous Cedar Lodge (Makarora,NZ) in which he guided many high profile clients, guide for extended camel treks (central and southern Australia) and Interpretive whale watching guide (Head of Bight, South Australia).
More recently Adam has been employed as an adventure caving guide and Interpretive Officer for the Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources (Kangaroo Island, South Australia).
Through his experiences Adam has developed a detailed knowledge of the natural world around him.
He possesses an intricate understanding of seasons, geographical and ecological factors crucial for planning successful days of fly fishing on the river or lake.
Adam takes his role as guide seriously and is dedicated to maximising your angling experience.
Adam has other hobbies which include salt water fly fishing, fly tying, snow skiing and surfing.
Anglers have their say
George Sinelnik, Montana, USA
Hey Adam, Thanks for the great photos and a very memorable days fishing in New Zealand. Already planning a return visit.
Gerard Gervaise, Qld, Australia
"My day fishing with Adam in the Taranaki region of New Zealand was one of the best fishing days of my life. Adam was very particular of the integrity of my line, changing flies often until the right one would deliver. Above all the fish did not seem to have been under a lot of pressure previously...I'll be back"
Jack Alvernaz, California, USA
"Wow!!! That is the first comment that I'd like to make regarding my recent fly fishing trip with Adam Priest! What an adrenaline rush to hook, catch or lose a hard fighting darting up river running trout.
I hadn't fished for quite sometime due to some unfortunate circumstances. Adam couldn't have been more helpful and understanding as I regained my confidence and river legs. Fella know his stuff and I learned plenty, as well as enjoyed his packed lunches and drinks prior to returning promptly to the absolutely phenomenal fishing. I caught and released some incredible fish like none other in my life! I am planning my next trip with Adam as i'm writing this. Thanks Adam for a remarkable experience and see you soon I hope!
Dan de Jong, Tasmania, Australia
"Adam had great local knowledge and experience in the area and was a pleasure to fish with. We caught plenty of trout and had a unforgettable day. I would definitely recommend Adam as a guide to anyone wanting to fly fish in New Zealand."
Kevin Atwood, USA
“Adam is an excellent guide and knows how to put you on the fish. I had my best day of fly fishing ever, a big brown and many large rainbows. He’s a fun companion and was very patient! I’m looking forward to my next trip.”
Scott White, Texas, USA
"My time with Adam fishing on the Tongariro was the highlight of my New Zealand vacation. He was punctual, well organized, patient, encouraging, engaged, excited about each and every catch, and had a fishing itinerary that was perfect. He instantly put me on some beautiful water with big fish and kept up the pressure all day long. It is obvious that he genuinely enjoys guiding. Outside of fishing, Adam is a wealth of knowledge about flora, fauna, and cultural issues. All-in-all, it was a perfect day spent with a great guy."
Rob Warren, Founder and prior owner Bighorn River Country Lodge Montana
"Adam I wanted to let you know what a great time I had fishing with you in Taranaki and Turangi. I was struggling with the decision of whether I wanted to get a guide in New Zealand, being a guide in Montana for fifteen years made me feel like I shouldn't need a guide trout fishing. I'm sure glad I found you on the internet, saw our similar interests of fly fishing and surfing, which made me know we would have a good time. Not only did you put me in front of big beautiful trout constantly, but you were actually teaching me some different styles of fishing and techniques, something I wasn't expecting. Teaching an old dog some new tricks I was impressed. I will be back to stalk and catch some more big browns and rainbows with you sooner than you think."
Thanks again Rob Warren Founder and prior owner Bighorn River Country Lodge Montana- 7/1/2020
Taupo and Tongariro river Fly Fishing
Guided Fly Fishing the Taupo region with guide Adam Priest
Fly fish the famous waters of the Tongariro river and Taupo region.
Great Lake Taupo is the second largest lake in Oceania and since the release of trout in the late 1800s the lake and its tributaries has proven itself as one of the best trout fisheries in the world.
Lake Taupo's major tributary the mighty Tongariro river has attracted anglers from all over the world for many years.
Whether it's to fish for the resident fish during the summer months or to fish for spawning run fish in the winter months, the fishing is excellent and much of the river is open year round.
Average trout size in the Tongariro is 2 to 4 pound but many fish are caught over 10 pounds in every season.
Lake edge fishing is another option mainly in the summer and autumn months.
Taupo and Turangi are both good bases to explore and fish the Taupo region, Tongariro and other rivers.
2019-2020 Season Taupo Region
Full Day 7.30am - 4.30pm
* NZ$700 for one angler
*NZ$750 for two anglers
Pick up and drop off at Turangi or Taupo accomodation
Lunch, light refreshments, juice tea and coffee
All fishing equipment including wader hire
Digital photos available if requested
Multi Day (two consecutive full days)
*NZ$1250 for one or two anglers
Taranaki, Taupo link package
*NZ$1650 for one or two anglers
Pick up and drop off at either Taupo, Turangi or Taranaki accomodation
Full Day on a Lake Taupo tributary
Half Day on a south Waikato river
Full Day on a Taranaki river
Note- This package can start in either the Taranaki or Taupo regions but is not a return trip. It is a good way to get around and see some different parts of the country. Return trips can be arranged at extra cost.
Guided Raft Fishing (8.00am to 5.00pm approx)
*From NZ$1250 for two anglers
*From NZ$1350 for two anglers
Additional cost Doc fishing licence- Adult NZ$20 per day
Contact Adam for other options and trips to other regions that can be arranged and personalised to your needs.
Images from Taupo, the Tongariro river and other regions of New Zealand