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Waimarama Fishing Lodge

Waimarama is a luxury private lodge on the banks of the Tongariro River overlooking the Major Jones and Breakfast fishing pools. Guests seeking fine trout fishing can be on these magical reaches of the river within minutes of arrival.

Waimarama Lodge offers superbly appointed self-catering accommodation in one of region's original riverside homes.


Graeme Knapp and Geoff Clews


4 Kokopu St (corner of Kokopu and Poto Street) Turangi

Contact details

Phone: +64 4 566 5162

Mobile: +64 274 439 849



Please mention when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Tongariro River
Lake Taupo

Tauranga-Taupo River

Hinemaiaia River

Waitahanui River


Waimarama Fishing Lodge is marked on the Tongariro River map.


The house

  • Waimarama has history, charm and the ambience of a home out of a more relaxed era, though with all the contemporary comforts demanded by discerning guests
  • It provides luxury self-catering accommodation in the main house and in a cottage situated in the gardens
  • Up to eight people at a time can be accommodated: six in the main house and two in the cottage
  • The house and cottage are only available to single parties so your comfort and privacy are assured. The cottage provides optional additional space for friends or family.

The location on the Tongariro

  • Waimarama is perfectly located for for avid anglers pursuing that elusive rainbow trout
  • One of the finest trout fisheries in the world, the Tongariro River literally flows by the entrance to the Lodge.
  • A bench area for cleaning fish is situated away from the house
The house
  • The house accommodation consists of living room, dining room, library, kitchen, laundry, three bedrooms and two bathrooms
  • The master suite is furnished with double bed, double wardrobe and writing desk. It opens to a full ensuite marble bathroom. The bed linen is tailored percale cotton and a goose down duvet and has an electric blanket during the winter months.
  • The second bedroom also provides a double bed, wardrobe, reading chair and antique scotch dresser. The bed linen is also percale cotton and a goose down duvet, and may be warmed in winter with an electric blanket.
  • The third bedroom in the house has two single beds, a wardrobe and chest of drawers. The beds are dressed as above and have electric blankets during winter.
  • In addition to the large open fire in the living room, all rooms in the house are heated by electric central heating during the winter. During the warmer summer months the system operates to circulate cooler air through the house.
  • The Lodge house has a fully equipped kitchen, including a pantry stocked with base provisions
  • Match lined ceilings in native Rimu timber are a feature throughout.
  • The house features art works by New Zealand artists Elizabeth Knapp, Marion Campbell and Nannette Quincey.
The cottage

The cottage was originally a pottery studio but is now furnished to provide a romantic adjunct to the accommodation in the house.

It has a large double bed, a small kitchenette with microwave oven and a refrigerator. The cottage has its own bathroom and shower and opens to a deck that catches the sun most of the day.

It is heated in winter by its own open fire or by electric heater.

Local attractions and activities
  • A wonderful base from which to enjoy hiking or mountain biking in the Tongariro National Park
  • An ideal spot to relax with music and a good book in the library or the garden
  • In winter, a great place to stay when skiing the Central North Island ski fields of Turoa and Whakapapa on Mount Ruapehu (40 km)
  • Adventure activities including tandem sky diving, bungy jumping, four wheel driving and more
  • Shops and galleries of Taupo
  • New Zealand Army Museum at Waiouru
  • Hot pools at Tokaanu
  • Great Lake Arts Centre
Indicative tariff
as at July 2014

Waimarama Fishing Lodge is available for a minimum two night stay. The cottage is available to accommodate extra friends or family, and cannot be rented separately.

  • House only:
    NZ$330 per night for 2 people
    NZ$55 per extra person
  • House and cottage:
    NZ$660 per night

All rates include GST. Rates exclude additional charges for any requested cleaning or extra linen during occupancy.


For stays of 5+ consecutive nights: a 15% discount applies.

For long term occupancies: discount by negotiation.

Bookings and payment

Please phone or email to make a booking, or use the online form at the Waimarama Fishing Lodge website.

Booking, payment and cancellations: Within a week of booking you will be asked to pay a 50% non-refundable deposit. Payment for the balance of your stay is due on arrival.

Terms of business

Arrivals and departures

Not before 2pm on the date of arrival or after 11am on the date of departure unless by prior arrangement.


The lodge has a phone available for local calls which are free.


Strictly no smoking indoors.


No pets.

Extra service

During your stay, you may wish to request fresh linen or that the place be cleaned. An additional charge applies.


Either fly to Taupo airport then hire a car, and/or drive to Turangi which is on SH1 midway between Auckland and Wellington.

For detailed directions, please see Getting there and the lodge location map at the Waimarama Fishing Lodge website.


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