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Dennis Ward

Join Dennis Ward for a trout fishing experience of a lifetime. Dennis specialises in wilderness fishing on remote rivers with access by helicopter and in dry fly fishing the clear waters of the Rotorua district, where he has captured some fabulous video footage.

The Ward's also offer a guest house on Lake Rotorua situated in a garden setting bordered by the Ngongotaha Stream.

Your guide

Dennis Ward


6 Manuariki Ave


Location The guest house is marked on the Lake Rotorua map.
Contact details

Phone: +64 7 357 4974

Fax: +64 7 357 4974

Email: troutwithwardie@gmail.com

Website: www.fishingtrout.co.nz

Fishing waters video

Dennis fishes the remote wilderness rivers and stream of the Rotorua region

You can view video footage at Dennis Ward's website:

- Cliff Pool Magic
- Huge Rainbows
- Oh God
- Simon And Slobby
- Small Stream Fun
- Watson In Dry Fly Heaven
- Woodys Delight

Your guide

Guiding success


Your guide is Dennis Ward:

  • Offers expert advice and local knowledge gained from 25 years fishing
  • Averages 50 to 60 helicopter trips a year and has developed and extensive knowledge of the fisheries of the central North Island. Some of his "secret locations" offer the world's best dry fly fishing in exquisite surroundings.
  • Also a golfer, hunter (and hunting guide), scuba diver, fresh and salt water fishing enthusiast
Fishing options

The fishing options include:

  • Fishing the local streams and rivers with access by 4WD
  • Wilderness fishing trips accessing pristine waters by helicopter
  • Half and full day trips
  • Overnight camp outs for one night or several
  • Novice to expert tuition
  • 4WD or helicopter access to rivers and streams
  • All tackle provided if required
  • Fishing licences available
  • Light refreshments provided
  • Pick up from your accomodation in Rotorua
  • Bring warm, casual clothing and a camera

The guesthouse

Ward Guest house

Guest house

The Ward's guest house is ideally situated situated in a garden setting bordered on one side by the famous Ngongotaha Stream and fronting onto Lake Rotorua.

  • Set privately away from the host's home in two acres of garden
  • Seconds away from fishing at the lakefront and stream
  • Two bedrooms
  • Well equipped kitchen including dishwasher
  • Full size dining table and chairs
  • Full laundry facilities
  • Good use of native timbers
  • TV, sound system, and heating
  • Décor features hunting and fishing
  • Continental breakfast is complimentary along with tea, coffee and juice.

"I always conclude my trip to New Zealand with Dennis because I know that my stay with him will be delightful and that I'll have some superb fishing, a fitting climax to my trip."

Dr Chauncey Loomis

"I’ve fished Trout and Steelhead on the best waters in the lower 48, Alaska and BC. The best day I ever spent was on NZ’s North Island with Dennis landing wild Rainbows the size of Steelhead. I don’t know where else or with whom I might replicate that experience. His manner confirms deep respect for the resource and years spent on these waters. I’ve fished with expert guides and great friends. Dennis is both."

Keven Hart, Idaho

"I have fished for over 30 years around the world, and you're the best guide ever! I will never forget the times spent with you and will definitely be back for more!"

John Smith, Colorado, USA


Rates are reasonable and available on request.

Bookings For enquiries and bookings, please phone, email, or complete the on-line enquiry form at Dennis Ward's website.
Remote fishing



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