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River Birches Lodge

River Birches provides luxury five star accommodation a short cast from some of the best pools on the Tongariro River on the southern edge of Lake Taupo.

The architecturally award winning lodge is set in peaceful gardens and provides guests with stylish comfort, food and service in an environment of understated elegance.


Anthea Tidswell

Location GPS - 38.998756, 175.812006

19 Koura St


Contact details

Phone: +64 7 386 0445

Freephone: 0800 102 025 (New Zealand only)

Fax +64 7 386 0442



Please mention when you make an enquiry or booking.

Local fishing waters

Tongariro River (You can view weather conditions and state of the Tongariro from the lodge's constantly updated webcam.)

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo streams

Waimarino River

Tauranga-Taupo River

Mohaka River

Rangitaiki River

Lake Otamangakau

Lake Rotoaira

Location River Birches Lodge is marked on the Tongariro River maps.
Setting River Birches is located on the southern edge of Lake Taupo and only footsteps away from the world famous fly fishing on the Tongariro River.

The lodge features:

  • Three guest rooms in an architecturally award winning cedar-clad retreat
  • Quiet seclusion and understated luxury accommodation at affordable prices
  • A peaceful established garden setting
  • Breakfast included in the tariff
  • An excellent three-course dinner using organic seasonal ingredients can be prepared by an on-site chef
  • A fully equipped fitness room
  • Large living areas with open fires
  • satellite TV and a DVD library
  • Wi-Fi and broadband internet and all modern on-line communication facilities.
  • Central heating during winter and air conditioning during the summer months
Facilities for anglers

Guides can also be arranged for guests and the lodge provides fly fishing equipment for guest including:

  • High quality rods
  • Breathable waders
  • Fishing vests
Massage Massages to soothe  the body, mind and spirit are available
Guest rooms

The lodge has three beautifully appointed rooms named after the most famous pools on the river.

Each luxurious and very private room has:

  • Super king-size beds with down quilts and pillows
  • Ensuite bathrooms with separate shower, generously sized bath
  • IDD phone service, Wi-Fi and broadband internet access
  • iPod mini sound system and docking station.

The Admiral's Room

The Admiral's Room offers a soothing cedar hot tub to soak in after a long day's trout fishing or sightseeing. It also has satellite TV, DVD, and a mini bar stocked with fine New Zealand wines, champagne, chocolates and a micro-brewery beer selection.

The Major's Room

Standing apart from the main house, the Major Jones Room offers privacy and tranquillity within a lovely private garden setting.

The Duchess's Room

The Duchess Room is cosy, welcoming and relaxing with a superb vista of the private garden areas from both the bedroom and bathroom.

Other attractions

Other attractions in the area include:

  • Hot mineral pools just 10 minutes drive
  • Tongariro Trout Centre is less than 5 minutes away
  • 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).

"River Birches offers seclusion and understated luxury,
catering for fly- fishing and other outdoors activities from its
superb location on the Tongariro River".

Travel & Leisure magazine’s Best of 2007

“Just wanted to tell you again how much Frank and I enjoyed staying at River Birches. It is a lovely lodge and we were so fortunate to have you as the gracious and attentive host.”
Monica and Frank Schaberg. USA

“From the warmth of the host to the detail of the lodge, it is perfection.”
Alex Hakes. London

“The standard and presentation of the lodge is exceptional.”
Darryl Matthews. Dubai

“ENORMOUSLY comfortable room – every need attended to in clean modern luxurious surroundings. I could have stayed longer – sadly not.”
Lesley Birkett. Great Britain

“The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and the food, service and accommodations, superb!”
May Lee. Sydney

For more reviews see the What People Say page on the River Birches website.

indicative tariffs
to 30 Sept 2012

Breakfast (either cooked or continental) is included in the rate.

Admiral's Room:

NZ$665 per night double
NZ$610 per night single

Major's Room:

NZ$610 per night double
NZ$565 per night single

Duchess's Room:

NZ$460 per night double
NZ$395 per night single

Single party bookings:

The whole lodge can be booked as a single booking for NZ$1400 per night

Evening meals:

NZ$90 per person for a 3-course meal prepared by on-site chef using organic seasonal ingredients (by arrangement)


Children up to and including 8 years – no charge, 9 – 12 years on rollaway bed in parents room, free bed, breakfast NZ$20 and dinner half price, 13 – 16 years on rollaway bed in parents room NZ$75, meals full price.

Payment methods Cash, cheque, EFTPOS, American Express, Visa and Mastercard

In the event that River Birches is unable to replace a cancelled reservation, the following applies:

  • 25% of the total cost will be charged
  • if a reservation is cancelled between 7 and 30 days prior to arrival there will be a 100% charge for every room / night cancelled.


The Admiral's Room

The Major's Room

The Duchess's Room

View River Cam












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