The Tongariro Lodge guides provide access to over forty rivers and three Lakes. They offer the most diverse range of Rainbow and Brown Trout fly fishing opportunities in New Zealand. Fishing is access by 4WD and there is a large variety of water within a one-hour drive of the lodge, however, for the more adventurous there is Heli-fishing and overnight camp trips and wilderness raft trips.
Each year Trout of over ten pounds are landed but the average size for Lodge guests is four pounds. This area truly is a vast fishery that can provide the Trout fishing experience of a lifetime, all year round to the beginner and the expert alike.
The lodge runs its own rafts, four-wheel-drive vehicles and boats. Most of the fishng is walking and wading and there is access to 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, but are by no means essential.
We suggest anglers bring their own favourite fly rod and reels that they are used to, along with rubber-soled wading boots and Goretex waders. Tongariro Lodge guides can provide all flies and leaders and any equipment the anglers do not have. A weight 5 or 6, 9ft fly rod covers most situations with a 7/8 outfit for larger rivers, lakes and winter fly fishing. A typical day runs from between 8:30 to 9:00am until 5:00pm approx. Lunch is included in the full day and taken streamside. Layered clothing is the best approach. Clothing should blend and allow for a stealthy approach