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Tarata Fishaway

Tarata Fishaway is nestled in bush in the remote Mokai valley where the picturesque Rangitikei River meets the rugged Ruahine Ranges. Tarata's private River Retreat and Tree House have million dollar views of the Rangitikei River and there is trout fishing right at your doorstep. Your host offers guided fishing, rafting and heli-fly outs for all ages, including overnight wilderness trout fishing safaris.


Stephen and Trudi Mattock


925 Mokai Road

Mokai Valley



(Tarata Fishaway is only 6kms past the Gravity Canyon Bungy site)

Palmerston North airport pickup/dropoff available

Contact details

Phone: +64 6 388 0354
Fax: +64 6 388 0954
Mobile: 027 279 7037 (within New Zealand only)

Email: fishaway@xtra.co.nz

Web: www.tarata.co.nz

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Rangitikei River

Moawhango River


Tarata Fishaway is marked on the mid Rangitikei River map.

Virtual tour

For a virtual tour of the accommodation and panoramic views of the river, please see the Tarata Fishaway website.

  • A choice of accommodation in a secluded location
  • Access to magnificent Rangitikei River fishing
  • Fishing guide on site if required
  • Large private garden
  • Pool and spa pool
  • Continental breakfast provisions provided.
  • Picnic lunches and dinner available
Guided fishing trips

Stephen offers guided fishing and rafting trips for all ages.

Guided Trout Fishing

  • Guided fishing with your guide.
  • Raft to secluded pools and runs on the Rangitikei River: some of New Zealand's best trout fishing only accessible by raft.
  • Enjoy fishing on "your river" for the day.
  • Picnic lunch provided.
  • A scenic drive returns you to Tarata to fish the evening rise in a local pool before dinner.

Pack it in - Pack it out

  • Pack it in - Pack it out is a trout fishing safari for the more energetic angler combining raft and on foot fishing
  • Tramp to base camp, fishing the Rangitikei River and a remote tributary in the real wilderness.
  • Superb spotting, deadly dry fly, fantastic fighters, rewarding release.
  • Accommodation that is rough but comfortable.
  • Bush tucker provided
  • Camp-fire tales  at night
  • All camping gear provided.

Multi Day Rafting and Fishing Campouts

  • Raft, camp and fish on up to 50 kms of remote Rangitikei River: New Zealand trout fishing at its best
  • Catch the early morning and the evening rise
  • All camping gear provided.

Multi Day Helicopter Flyouts

  • Fly to the remote headwaters of the Rangitikei River where the gin-clear water provides the ultimate "spot fishing" and a great chance of a trophy fish.
  • All camping gear provided.

Tarata Retreat

Tarata Fishaway has four accommodation options.

The Homestead

The Homestead provides:

  • Two bedrooms, each with a queen and single bed
  • A guest bathroom
  • Lounge with an open fire

The River Retreat

The River Retreat provides:

  • A honeymoon suite with an air-bath with a romantic view of the Rangitikei River
  • Second bedroom
  • Lounge
  • Fully self-contained kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Huge deck to relax and enjoy the view
  • Spa pool on deck
  • Wheelchair friendly


The Tree House

Tarata's Tree House provides:

  • Amazing views of the Rangitikei River complete with waterfall
  • Four bedrooms each with decking
  • Three bathrooms (one ensuite)
  • Kitchen, dining room and view from the bay window
  • Extra room downstairs to cater for larger groups
  • A spa pool




  • Pets welcome by arrangement
  • No smoking inside
Local attractions and activities
  • Scenic rafting and campouts
  • Farm adventures, farm pets, fishing
  • Swimming pool
  • Meet Panda the llama and Teddy the Alpaca
  • Bush walks
  • Clay bird shooting, spot light safari
  • "Mini" golf with a difference
  • Magic carpet rides
  • Visit "Middle Earth"
  • Scenic rafting
  • Kayaking
Indicative tariff
as at 1 Jan 2015

Tarata Fishaway's tariffs include continental breakfast provisions:

  • River Retreat: $190 -  $240 double per night, $180 Single, $360 per night (4 adult guests), $320 per night for a family of four. (two children)
  • The Homestead: $150 double per night, $85
  • Tree House: $180 to $220 Double per night, $160
    Double per night If more than one couple (2 bedroom unit), $120 One single, Extra Adults $90 p/p, $20 Children under 5 yrs, $45.00 Children 6–12 years.
  • Three course dinner (by arrangement): NZ$47 per person Cooked breakfast: $15 per person (Children half price).
  • Group bookings available

The main homestead

Rafting and guiding tariffs

Tarata Fishaway's rafting tariffs:

  • NZ$170 per person scenic rafting
  • NZ$580-$680 guided raft fishing per day (one to two people)

For map and directions, please see the Tarata Fishaway website.


Please phone or email to make a booking.



The River Retreat



The Tree House


The Homestead

The fishing

Stephen with a beauty

Raft fishing

Places only accessible by raft

The anticipation: Stephen puts John onto a fish

Hook up


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