Tongariro Lodge


Group Size: 12 Anglers
Trip Duration: Flexible
Peak Season: October April

The Tongariro River and Lake Taupo were first made famous in the 1920’s by Zane Gray, the world renowned American author and angler. The Queen Mother, Presidents and many famous people have since cast a line in this fabled river. Tongariro Lodge itself was established in 1982 by legendary angler and guide Tony Hayes, originally as an 8 unit Fishing Lodge and has enjoyed considerable fame and success ever since.

Situated within 22 acres of park like grounds separate and private guest accommodation is provided on the banks of the Tongariro River. Each chalet has private facilities and its own secluded sunny terrace with views of the Tongariro River or mountains beyond. Two exclusive accommodation choices are provided for guests enjoyment, 2-5 bedroom villas and one bedroom chalets.

2-5 Bedroom Villas
Escape to luxury in magnificently appointed 2-5 bedroom villas that provide plenty of space along with quality furnishings. Enjoy separate, open plan lounge and dining areas with snug armchairs, deep drapes and sky television. Each villa has private bathroom and ensuite facilities, a full kitchen and laundry. King beds and a variety of bedding options are available upon request.

1 Bedroom Chalets
For a less expensive option guests can enjoy the original Tongariro Lodge chalets. These are stylish and well appointed one bedroom chalets with quality furnishings, comfortable king beds (other bedding configurations available upon request) tea and coffee making facilities, television and internet broadband connection. Each chalet has a drying cupboard for waders.

The fishing

The name New Zealand raises the pulse of trout fishermen and women the world over, and wild rainbow and brown trout have thrived better in the Lake Taupo system than anywhere else in this country. Many trophy trout over 10lbs are landed by Tongariro Lodge guests each year, with an overall average of over 4 lbs.

The Tongariro River is the most famous fly fishing river in New Zealand. Every year over 50 thousand prime conditioned trout migrate up this river from Lake Taupo, providing truly amazing year-round fly fishing opportunity.

The Lake Taupo Watershed and the top wilderness rivers in the North Island are best enjoyed from Tongariro LodgeThe lodges experienced team of New Zealand fishing guides has provided guests at the Lodge with their fly fishing experience of a lifetime for the last 30 years! It is without doubt the angling skill, knowledge and experience of these guides that maximizes the potential of this extensive fishery. To give you an idea of the diversity on offer the lodge guides guide anglers on over 40 rivers and four lakes every season.

Through the experience of the guiding team, special access to many rivers that run through private land has been acquired. Every year the guides get out and explore more ‘waters’ for their clients to enjoy. This area truly is a vast fishery that can provide the trout fishing experience of a lifetime year round to the beginner and expert alike. The lodge runs its own rafts, four wheel drive vehicles and boats, and have some of the best back country nymph and dry fly fishing for sighted browns and rainbows to be found anywhere. The helicopter access options offer truly remarkable fishing, and From October to April, guests enjoy this ultimate wilderness fly fishing experience from the Lodge. Tongariro Lodge has special access to large areas of private land that provides anglers with helicopter access to fourteen wilderness rivers, and includes up to 60 kilometres of trophy flyfishing for brown and rainbows.


Costs in peak fishing season:

  • 4 nights/ 3 days fishing in 2 5 Bedroom Villa: NZ$3257
  • 4 nights/ 3 days fishing in 1 bedroom chalet: NZ$2921
  • 5 nights/ 4 days fishing in 2 5 Bedroom Villa: NZ$4165
  • 5 nights/ 4 days fishing in 1 bedroom chalet: NZ$3745
  • 7 nights/ 6 days fishing in 2 5 Bedroom Villa: NZ$5979
  • 7 nights/ 6 days fishing 1 bedroom chalet: NZ$5392


  • Accommodation (share twin)
  • All meals
  • Guided fishing (2 angler per guide)
  • Tackle if needed


  • International flights
  • Domestic flights if needed
  • Transfers
  • Drinks
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities to guides and lodge staff
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Departure taxes


Tongariro Lodge is situated on the banks of the legendary Tongariro River on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, Turangi, North Island, New Zealand.

Getting there:

Guests need to fly into Auckland, New Zealand following which there are a multitude of options as far as getting from Auckland to the lodge. Please contact us for more information.

Target Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Fishing Season: Year round (prime fishing season Oct – April)

Weather during peak season:

  • From Oct- December temperatures average around 15-20 degrees farenheit
  • From Dec April it is mid summer and temperatures ave 20-25 degrees farenheit

Boats, rafts and 4 wheel drive vehicles:

Lodge guides provide comfortable 4wd vehicles and open 5- 6 metre comfortable boats are sometimes used to fish the lakes. A days wilderness rafting or helicopter access fishing can also be arranged at extra cost.

Pre trip

Time Difference: GMT +12.

Flight Times:

  • JHB to Auckland (23 hours)
  • UK to Auckland (23 Hours)
  • Los Angeles/LAX (13 Hours)

Pasport/Visa/Innoculation Requirements:

You will need to apply for a visitor visa before you come to New Zealand if you are not from a visa-waiver country, Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what inoculations you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history.

Medical & Health Requirements:

Please make us aware of any health issues beforehand so we can notify the lodge.

Currency: New Zealand Dollars

Language::All guides and lodge staff speak English


Phones and internet connections are available in all accommodations

Tackle & Gear:

  • 9ft 4wt, 5wt, 6wt freshwater outfits are ideal, with most of the fishing done with floating lines, long leaders and a host of nymph, dry fly and streamer patterns.A comprehensive tackle and gear list along with an order form (should you wish to purchase your tackle through us) is issued after your booking has been confirmed. The guides will also carry stock of suitable flies and other terminal tackle, should you run out.