From December 1 until May 31 wilderness raft fishing on the upper Tongariro can be superb.

The remote head waters of the Tongariro can only be accessed by river raft and your white water river rafting guide will row you and your fly-fishing guide down numerous rapids to access crystal clear pools and unspoiled runs. For anglers seeking uncrowded waters and large numbers of quality fish this can be trout heaven. 

From January to March excellent Taupo raft fishing can also be had targeting large lake run browns and rainbows with big cicada imitation dry flies in the lower reaches from the lodge to the lake. Some of the biggest browns in New Zealand are taken in this section of the Tongariro each summer.