John Hamill is the operations manager and owner of Cruise and Fish Rotorua and has been a full time professional guide/ skipper since 1996. John has specialised in fishing adventures in the central North Island's Lakes, Rivers and Streams. John grew up fishing in this area with skills passed on from his father Bill Hamill. Bill co founded a hunting and fishing store from a love of game bird hunting and fishing and it still carries his name today Hamill’s NZ. John has taken the passion that Bill had and followed it into guiding. Bill Hamill’s favourite lake was Lake Tarawera and is still John’s, there is something special about the bush and mountain as a backdrop to the fishing From the total beginner to the expert, John loves sharing the passion that is fishing. With over 50 years of fishing experience, John is committed to your enjoyment of your fishing adventure with him. John’s favourite times are sight fishing for wild rainbow and cunning brown trout in crystal clear waters surrounded by our beautiful native bush; the stealthy stalk up the river and to first spot your fish before tempting it with a dry fly or nymph is heart in the mouth exciting. This is the reward is what fly fishing in New Zealand is famous for. Sighting and casting to these wild trout will leave snapshots in your mind for the rest of your life.
We've fished with John for 8 years now and he has become our "go to" guide in the North island. You will not find a more thoughtful or considerate guide, or one who is more fun to hang out with during and after fishing. A real mate.10 Nov 2015
John Hamill from Cruise and Fish offers a fantastic day out on the water in some of New Zealand's most unspoilt locations, wether fly fishing the back country streams or aboard his catamaran on Lake Tarawera his knowledge, personality and attention to detail garantees an exsperience not to be forgotten. Thanks for the great times shared John.08 Nov 2015
We've been out several times on Lake Tarawera with John and have found each experience to be more enjoyable than the last. Both his local and fishing knowledge are second to none and we have caught some stunning fish while out with him. The boat is gorgeous, comfortable and well equipped and so maneuverable. A particular favourite part of our trip is the visit to the hot water pools where john can pull the boat right up for easy access. 10/10 stars!06 Nov 2015
John made our first experience of trout fishing on Lake Tarawera a very memorable day. He a great personality who is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. And he should be because he does it so well! We caught 5 trout - trying a couple of different techniques, the kids jumped off the boat to swim and we enjoyed a relaxing soak in at Hot Water Beach and a glass of wine to top it all off. What more can you ask for on a day out?! We will be back for more. Thanks John04 Nov 2015