Tongariro Lodge’s guiding operation is one of New Zealand’s most experienced fly-fishing outfitters. The knowledge, experience and expertise of the lodge’s guides is unequaled.
Founded by legendary angler and guide Tony Hayes in 1982 Tongariro Lodge Guides have catered for the world’s who’s who of fly-fishing.
Our 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 River and Lake Taupo Tributaries
- Central North Island wilderness rivers and streams accessed by 4wd
- Heli-fishing and overnight camp trips
- Wilderness raft trips
- Lake Taupo and nearby lakes
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. Trophy trout over 10lbs are landed by Tongariro Lodge guests each year, with an overall average of around 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.
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.
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.