- Owner: Tony Hayes
- General Managers: Jill Murphy and Gerry Williams
83 Grace Rd
PO Box 278
Phone: +64 7
Fax +64 7 386 8860
Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an
enquiry or booking.
|Local fishing waters
Plus a number of other rivers known by the resident
Tongariro Lodge is marked
on the lower
Tongariro River map.
It is located on the banks of the Tongariro
River just north of Turangi and close to the southern shores
Taupo. Transfers to and from airports at Taupo, Rotorua,
or Auckland can be arranged.
Since it was established
in 1982 by legendary angler and guide Tony Hayes, a who's who of
world fly fishing have stayed at Tongariro Lodge along with many
celebrities such as President Jimmy Carter, Robert Mitchum, Liam
Neeson, Larry Hagman, Timothy Dalton, Malcom Fraser.
It has featured in major fishing and travel publications
in the USA, Australia, Europe and New Zealand including The New
Yorker, Conde Naste Traveller, Gourmet Magazine, New York Times,
Esquire, Forbes FYI, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, Wild On The
Fly, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines in-flight
The lodge has had major exposure on Australian,
New Zealand and American prime time television, with shows such
as Greg Norman's Clear Water Big Fish series, Rex Hunt Outdoor Show,
Fly Fishing The World and ABC World of Sports.
The lodge offers guests
the following facilites:
- Beautifully landscaped grounds that lead
down to the Tongariro River so fly fishing is only a cast away
- Helicopter pad to allow guest easy access
into some of the most remote wilderness rivers
- Hamper lunches - perfect for a day on the
- Expert guiding with one of Tongariro Lodge's
- Four course dinners, cooked English breakfasts
and picnic lunch daily
- The area and lodge is steeped in fishing
history with many photos and mementos of the superb fishing that
has been enjoyed by Zane Grey, the Queen Mother, Presidents and
many many others over the decades adorning the walls.
The lodge offers guests
the following facilites:
- Guest lounges with chess, games and library
- Astro turf tennis court
- Petanque courts
- Spa pool
- Open fires to relax around after a days fishing
- First class restaurant with superb wine list.
The lodge provides guests
accommodation in executive chalets that are separate from the main
lodge. The chalets range from one to five bedrooms each with:
- Full private facilites
- The highest level of fittings and comfort
- Their own secluded sunny terrace with views
of the Tongariro River, Lake Taupo or the mountains
Tongariro Lodge has an international
reputation and specialises in serving the best of New Zealand game
and traditional foods accompanied by superb wine. The true atmosphere
of the Lodge is best experienced in front of an open fire over a
four course evening meal as the day's activities are recounted.
- Beware however, stories get taller as the evening wears on.
Breakfast and luncheon are provided at your leisure.
Hamper lunches are one of the specialities and great for those heading
out for a day on the water.
The lodge is located in a
vast fishery that can provide the trout fishing experience of a
lifetime at any time of the year. There is great fishing for the
beginner and expert alike at your doorstep or choose one of the many options available including:
The world famous Tongariro River is just a short
cast from your accommodation. As well there are numerous other rivers
a short distance drive from the lodge which has four wheel drive
vehicles that can get you to those special places safely and quickly.
The Tongariro at the end of the lodge garden
The lodge runs their own rafts that can take
you through stunning scenerey to fish remote pools where the fish
have seldom seen a fly allowing you to combine adventure with your
fishing experience. In this way the lodge guides can put you onto
some of the best back country nymph and dry fly fishing for sighted
browns and rainbows.
Boat fishing on Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo is a short distance away and offers
some of the best fishing to be found anywhere. Whether it be trolling
or harling or using the boat to get to a remote sheltered bay to
cast to trout that are chasing small bait fish into the shallows,
the opportunities are endless.
A helicopter access options offers anglers the
opportunity to access truly remarkable fishing in remote wilderness
areas where you will not see another angler.
Summer fishing (1 April - 30 October)
This is a fabulous time to visit and fish at Tongariro Lodge. In an average season 40-50,000-plus adult rainbow and brown trout migrate up the Tongariro River alone. The Lake Taupo fishery is one of the only areas in New Zealand that
remains open to fly fisherman all year. The lower sections of the tributary
rivers and streams provide access to Taupo's large run of wild winter
steelhead. With five of these tributaries within a twenty minute drive of
Tongariro Lodge you can understand what a great winter fishing destination
|Winter fishing (1 Nov - 30 March)
||The summer season sees all the waters in the region open and is the time to fish the Tongarriro or the many lakes and backcountry streams and rivers in the area. Huge rainbow and brown trout can be targetted using a dry fly or nymph in the clear waters and provide a great opportunity to catch a trophy fish.
|About your guides
||To make the most of the time you have in this
fishing paradise we recommend that you make use of one of the resident
guides each of whom have an average of over 20 years guiding experience.
Through the knowledge they have bult up of the area, they can take
you to many rivers that run through private land and are generally
unaccessible. And every year the guides in their leisure time get
out and explore more 'waters' for the lodge guests to enjoy.
Your chance of that fish of a lifetime
|Tariff and anglers packages
Tongariro Lodge's tariff includes accommodation in a private self contained chalet, four-course
dinner, english cooked breakfast and full use of all the
Check the current rates and availability.
Rates for fly fishing packages
Anglers packages are available
All rates are per person, excluding GST, for:
- Pre dinner canapes
- Three course gourmet dinners
- Cooked English breakfasts
- Picnic lunch daily
- Expert guiding with a top guide (2 anglers
For the current rates and booking form click here
|Transfers Taupo Airport to Tongariro Lodge
Per vehicle, one way,
up to 8 passengers - NZ$169
|Guided fly fishing
Guided fishing with one of
the lodges top guides includes:
- All tackle
- Expert tuition
- Lunch for day
Bookings are for a maximum of 2 anglers on
rivers per guide or 4 anglers per boat:
- NZ$745 per guide for a full day excluding
- NZ$373 per guide for a half day excluding
Experience overnight fishing
Other attractions in the
- Hot mineral pools just 10 minutes drive
- Tongariro Trout Centre is less than 5 minutes
- Tongariro National Park and Pureora Forest
and Pureora Forest park for bush walks.
- Full working farms which give the opportunity
to view farm animals and working dogs and on farm activities.
- 5 golf courses within 35 minutes dirve.
- Tongariro National Park ski field is less
than an hours drive away.
- Shopping, cafes and restaurants at Taupo
(25 mins away) and Rotorua (1 hours drive).
Please phone or email
to make a booking, or use the
online form at the www.tongarirolodge.co.nz
To see if there are any last minute rates available,
contact by email or phone reservations on +64 7 3867946.
Reservations are confirmed
by a 25% deposit on room and meals package and guided fishing.
If a reservation is cancelled:
- Within 60 days prior to arrival a 25% cancellation
- Within 30 days prior to arrival a 100% cancellation