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Waitahanui Lodge

Waitahanui Lodge

Whether you are an angler, thrill seeker or just needing to relax, Waitahanui Lodge is the spot for you! Steeped in history, the first lodge was built in 1932 as a fishing lodge and catered for keen trout fishers from all over the world. Guests included dignitaries, celebrities and even royals.

In 1955 the lodge was rebuilt on its present site on the lakeshore for fishermen who loved the simple down to earth cabins. More recently, upgrades and renovations have brought the lodge up to date but the soul of the lodge remains.

Contacts Sue Stubbs

116 State Highway 1 (SH1), Waitahanui

Contact details

Phone/Fax: +64 7 378 7183
Freephone: 0800 10 4321


Fishing waters

Waitahanui River
Lake Taupo
Hinemaiaia River
Tauranga-Taupo River


Waitahanui Lodge is marked on both the Lake Taupo and the Waitahanui River maps.

Waitahanui is 10km south of Taupo.

  • Absolute lakefront accommodation
  • 5 self catering one and two bedroom cottages sleeping from 3 to 5 people
  • Million dollar views over the lake
  • The rustic charm of the Boiler Room and trout cleaning area
  • Wood-fired smokehouse
  • On site tackle shop with tackle, fishing licences and rods and waders for hire
  • Boat ramp
  • Free use of BBQs, kayaks and rowboats for guests
  • Great facilities for group bookings
Tackle shop An on-site fishing store provides for all your fishing needs, including hire rods and waders, licences and all the know how to get you going.
Tariff as of 1 June 2017

Unit 1 sleeps 4:

  • Peak season $NZ119
  • Off-peak $NZ99

Unit 2 sleeps 5:

  • Peak season $NZ149
  • Off-peak $NZ129

Unit 3 sleeps 4:

  • Peak season $NZ189
  • Off-peak $NZ159

Unit 4 sleeps 3:

  • Peak season $NZ199
  • Off-peak $NZ169

Unit 5 sleeps 5:

  • Peak season $NZ149
  • Off-peak $NZ129

For more photos of each unit and to book


"Friendly people who go out of their way to make you feel very welcome. You are right on the lakefront so you can go fishing, take a walk or even kayak out on the lake. My kids, ages 7, 16 and 17 thoroughly enjoyed it." Anne-Marie - Palmerston North

"...wonderful hosts who go out of their way to make your stay the best. The baches (units) are very clean and tidy and so well equipped that you only have to take food and even then you can order a home cooked meal.
I loved the small herb and salad gardens around the units for guests to enjoy. The central deck was a great place to sit and soak up the twilight while revelling in the amazing sunsets over the lake.
There is so much for free – kayaks, rowboats, BBQ’s, washing machine. The water is so crystal clear and great for swimming. Next time I’ll be trying my skills at fly fishing.
" Kris - Australia

"Waitahanui lodge provides something that is becoming increasingly rare in New Zealand. An environment that takes you back to a time when holidays were simpler and more relaxing. While the lodge is beautifully presented, spotless in fact, it still feels like the bach holiday of old and all this right on the lakeshore. It has been a favourite of mine for many years and will continue to be for many years to come." George Hickton

"Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at Waitahanui Lodge. Your conversation, adaptability, sharing of your internet, and the personal touch you provided, result in Waitahanui being very special.
Having Lake Taupo at the front door certainly added to the charm and magnificence of the location.We hope to visit you again some time, and if you are ever in the United States, consider looking us up."
Steve and Karen Williams - USA

Waitahanui River

The wonderful Waitahanui at your doorstep.


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