Tongariro Lodge Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Tongariro Lodge — World Renowned
The Tongariro River and Lake Taupo trout fishery 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 was carved out of 22 acres of scrub land on the famous Tongariro River and initially comprised of just 8 chalets with a small main lodge building. Tony Hayes, founder and Shaun McCann, co-owner are immensely proud of the way Tongariro Lodge has grown over the years into one of the most well known fly fishing lodges in the world. This handsome lodge with its finely appointed chalets scattered over 22 acres of park like ground has created an excellent international reputation.
Tongariro Lodge has featured in major fishing and travel publications worldwide. These prestigious publications include The New Yorker, Conde Naste Traveller, Gourmet Magazine, New York Times, Esquire, Forbes FYI, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel and Wild On The Fly. Over the years the lodge has been featured regularly on international travel and fishing shows.
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, Michael Keaton, Larry Hagman, Timothy Dalton, Malcolm Fraser and many others.
More and more clients are coming to Tongariro Lodge, not only as fishermen, but to enjoy the special ambience of the Lodge and to partake in the host of other outdoor adventures on offer around the Lodge or in the nearby Tongariro National Park. Whether it be hiking the most popular one day walk in New Zealand, The Tongariro Crossing, or guided heli-hiking and scenic walks, golf, snow skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking – the list is endless.
Tongariro Lodge Today
The aim of Tongariro Lodge has always remained the same, that is, to provide the best of accommodation, food and wine, guided fly fishing and outdoor activities in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, resulting in guests arriving as strangers and departing as friends.
Tongariro Lodge has excellent managers and hosts, Wayne and Mandy Enoka, and congratulations go to Mandy and Wayne on the birth of their new baby son Ryan. Fishing is better than ever and last season our clients had great fly fishing from the lodge in over 30 rivers and 4 lakes. The lodge has a team of the most experienced fly fishing guides in New Zealand, headed by Tim McCarthy. All this puts Tongariro Lodge in a great position for the next 25 years.