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Tongariro Lodge, North Island

Tongariro Lodge, North Island

Tongariro Lodge is surrounded by 22 acres of secluded grounds on the banks of the Tongariro River adjacent to the southern shores of Lake Taupo. A secluded spa and an all-weather tennis court are provided plus the very best of Trout fishing guides.

Enjoy some of the best New Zealand trout fishing and NZ outdoor activities available in the world. The Lodge is right on the door step of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, which includes the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the most popular one day walk in New Zealand.
 

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Seasons & Species

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.

June to September: landlocked winter steelhead
In an average season 50,000-plus adult rainbow and brown trout migrate up the Tongariro River alone. The Lake Taupo fishery is the only area in New Zealand that remains open to fly fisherman all year. The lower sections of the tributary rivers and streams provide access to Taupo's large run of wild winter steelhead. With five of these tributaries within a twenty minute drive of Tongariro Lodge you can understand what a great winter fishing destination it is.

October to December: spring and early summer surprises
For those anglers in the know, the spring and early summer period, October through to Christmas has always been a premium time to enjoy the very best trout fishing New Zealand has to offer at Tongariro Lodge. The rainbows and browns tend to feed more aggressively and be less spooky early season. It is quite a sight to watch a feeding trout move 10 feet to engulf your fly! The longest day in New Zealand is in December so by November the days are long and the sun is higher, making spotting and stalking conditions ideal. With a lot of rivers running through high valleys, sun on the water is an important element. The waters are less busy and more opportunities exist at this time of year. Nymph fishing is often used but there can also be excellent dry fly fishing with good mayfly hatches along with brown and green beetle by mid November.

The first of December is opening day on the Taupo tributary headwater streams. This always provides great angling for trout who have not seen a fisherman for six months.

January to March: boots, shorts and a stream
Walking up a stream in shorts, casting a big dry fly to sighted fish or probing good looking lies, this is the time and place to do it.
In the central North Island the most important hatch is the Cicada. This terrestrial will usually start mid January and last until the first couple of cold snaps in fall. Hot, dry weather is needed to stimulate these terrestrials to come out from underground. When it happens you will see action to rival any hopper hatch in Montana. Fishing both streams and lakes with Cicada imitations is considered by both clients and guides to be some of the best fly fishing in New Zealand. In a good hatch, many double digit browns are landed below the lodge on the Tongariro River. Lake Otamangakau is also famous for its Cicada hatch, rises here can be seen 200 yards away at times.

April to May: Fall run rainbows, backcountry in the Fall.
Fall can be a great time to fish the back country of the central North Island. An Indian Summer during April is not uncommon and gives you warm days to fish in but with cooler nights. The trout are in prime condition after feeding on the abundant insect population all summer. All headwater fisheries are open until the end of April and some into June. Helicopter access is still an option. You may catch the last of the Dry Fly season, but it is more likely you will cast nymphs at sighted trout. Fishing pressure is very light on these streams at this time of year.

Each fall also see the commencement of the annual migration of Lake Taupos' rainbow trout up its tributary rivers and streams. These headwaters of these tributaries are open until the end of May and offer miles of great fishing water. Trout range from 4lb to 6lb with larger trout often caught during the early run. Brown trout are also running at this time of year with some 30 inch plus fish landed each season. These trout readily take a nymph or streamer, with a number 8 rod not out of place on the river at this time of year.
 

Itinerary

Tongariro Lodge Guides provide access to over 40 rivers and 3 Lakes. They offer the most diverse range of rainbow and brown trout fly fishing opportunities in New Zealand.

Tongariro Lodge is just north of Turangi on the banks of the Tongariro River, and close to the southern shores of Lake Taupo.
Daily flights to Taupo connect with international flights into Auckland.

Transfers are available from Taupo, Rotorua and Auckland airports.

Each year Tongariro Lodge has guided anglers to fish over 40 rivers and four lakes

It is well established that the guest's use of NZ trout fishing guides is essential, regardless of the skill of the visiting angler. As the overall season is very short and these services are in great demand, it is strongly advised that guides be booked in advance.

Through the experience of Tongariro’s guiding teams, special access to many rivers that run through private land has been acquired. Every year the guides get out and explore more 'waters' for 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.

Tongariro run their 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. Their helicopter program gives you options to access truly remarkable fishing, but their use are by no means necessary.
 

Accommodations

This Turangi fishing lodge is nestled on 22 acres of secluded grounds with mature gardens and trees surrounding the accommodation.

This famous New Zealand fishing lodge provides private luxury lodge accommodation in one bedroom chalets and 2 to 5 bedroom villas, all with private facilities and views of the Tongariro River or mountains beyond.

Lodge staff have an excellent reputation as being friendly and attentive. Guests leave as friends on a first name basis. The staff excels in organizing outdoor activities and the very best of guides.

Tongariro Lodge has developed an international reputation for fine food and wine. The Lodge specialises in serving the best of New Zealand game and traditional foods.

1 Bedroom Chalets
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 skis or waders.

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.
 

Other Activities

Tongariro National Park is an all year outdoor playground - right on the doorstep of Tongariro Lodge. In 45 minutes you could be off into the mountains for a day's heli-hiking or you could be on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano.

There are five first class golf courses all within 45 minutes of the Lodge or enjoy a leisurely drive around the shore of the lake to the town of Taupo with its many attractions.

Available Activities at Tongariro Lodge:

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Heli-Hiking and Guided Walks
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Tongariro River Rafting and Blue Duck Tour
  • Jet Boating
  • 4play: bungy, skydive, jetboat, helicopter package
  • Scenic Flights—helicopter and fixed wing
  • Snow Skiing
  • Horse Trekking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hunting and Bird Shooting
  • On-Site Activities
  • Massage
  • Golf
  • Hot Mineral Pools

Rates

Rates are per person and include accommodation, cooked English breakfast and four-course dinner.

Accommodation (valid 1 November to 31 March)
ACCOMMODATION          SHARE TWIN          SINGLE

2-5 bedroom villa                     535.00                  648.00
1 bedroom chalet                     451.00                 502.00
                                                      PER PERSON, NZ$

Accommodation (valid 1 April to 31 October)
ACCOMMODATION             SHARE TWIN        SINGLE

2-5 bedroom villa                    460.00                    569.00
1 bedroom chalet                    378.00                    431.00
                                                       PER PERSON, NZ$

Guided Trout Fishing
Includes all tackle, expert tuition, and lunch for full day bookings. Maximum 2 anglers per guide for guided fly fishing. Maximum 4 anglers per boat for guided boat fishing.

DURATION PRICE NZ$
Full Day 745.00
Half Day 373.00

Anglers Packages (valid 1 April to 31 October)
Rates are per person, share twin and include all meals including a four course dinner, cooked English breakfast and picnic lunch daily. Packages include accommodation and expert guiding with one of Tongariro Lodge’s top guides.

4 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS FISHING 
PER PERSON, NZ$

2-5 bedroom villa      2,958.00
1 bedroom chalet      2,627.00 

5 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS FISHING
PER PERSON, NZ$

2-5 bedroom villa      3,791.00
1 bedroom chalet      3,377.00 


7 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS FISHING
PER PERSON, NZ$

2-5 bedroom villa      5,456.00
1 bedroom chalet      4,876.00

 


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