Tongariro Lodge

Turangi, New Zealand

Tongariro Lodge is located in expansive grounds on the banks of the legendary Tongariro River on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Enjoy some of the best trout fishing and 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.  Enjoy the finest accommodations and gourmet dining in a unique fishing lodge atmosphere.

History of the Lodge

Tongariro Lodge 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 as a business ever since. 

The Who's Who of world fly fishing have all stayed at Tongariro Lodge along with many famous celebrities such as President Jimmy Carter, Robert Mitchum, Liam Neeson, Larry Hagman, Timothy Dalton, Malcom Fraser and many others.

The Lodge has an excellent reputation for gourmet dining, the finest accommodation, quality outdoor activities; and the very best in trout fishing guides.

For the Serious Angler, Year-round Trout 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 10 lbs are landed by Tongariro Lodge guests each year, with an overall average of over 4 lbs.

It is without doubt the angling skill, knowledge and experience of our excellent guides that maximizes the potential of this extensive fishery. Our expert team of guides has provided guests at the Lodge with their Fishing Experience of a Lifetime for the last 28 years!

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

If needed, the best of tackle, wet weather gear and waders can be supplied by lodge guides.
We run our 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. Our helicopter access options offer truly remarkable fishing, but are by no means necessary.

Wilderness Helicopter Fly Fishing

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. 

A heli-fishing day entails anglers and guide being picked up at the lodge by one of our helicopters and experienced pilots. Enjoy a majestic flight into the nearby ranges, and be dropped right on the riverbank of a stunningly beautiful river that's yours to enjoy for the day. Overnight heli-fishing and camping can also be arranged.