About us

Trout fishing in the Taupo region is world famous –  The difference is how you experience it!

At Absolutely Angling we specialise in making your adventure happen, and place a high priority on providing excellent customer service.

From novice to expert, local or back country location, we can provide you with the expertise, instruction, equipment and fabulous food. Single or multi-day trips, Helicopter access & Raft fishing a speciality.

Ian started fly-fishing when he was about 9 years old (1964) with his grand father in the South Island of New Zealand.

There he learned the skills required to catch some of those very elusive large southern browns. He moved to the North Island to gain a Diploma in Emergency Ambulance care and worked for nine years as an Advanced Care Ambulance Paramedic.

In 1983 ‘Wilderness Adventures’ (now called Absolutely Angling) was born eventually Ian moved to continue the business based out of Taupo where he can now offer outstanding packages for all types of fishing adventures.Having fished and explored the North Island for some 30 years, Ian has an intimate knowledge of most of the Central North Island Rivers and many on the East Coast of the North Island.

Ian has been guiding and instructing people in the outdoors for over 25 years and is now one of New Zealand’s most skilled and qualified guides. Ian philosophy is: To give people the best possible fly fishing adventure in NZs outdoors.

Feel free to relax and enjoy your guided fishing experience with New Zealand’s leading guide. Ian Ruthven is highly experience and trained to keep you safe and to provide a top quality service for your enjoyment. Take a look at all the qualifications and certifications provided:

  • NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association, Registered Guide
  • NZ Registered Senior Raft Guide
  • NZ Registered Ambulance Paramedic
  • CD Pro Network member (which tests and provides feedback on CD-Rods and other CD products)
  • Qualified NZ Outdoor Instructor Assn (NZOIA)
  • Mountaineering/ Alpine Instructor Level 2 (Assessor)
  • Rock Climbing Instructor Level 2 (Assessor)
  • Kayaking Instructor Level 2 (Assessor)
  • Bush Craft Instructor Level 2 (Assessor)
  • NZ Canoe Assn River Rescue Level 2 (Assessor)
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician Level 1
  • Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation -Team Leader
  • Avalanche Safety Level 1,Otago Polytechnic
  • Risk Management Trained, Auckland College of Education
  • NZOIA Risk and Outdoor Safety Management Trainer/Advisor
  • NZ Coast Guard Boat Masters