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New Zealand

Tongariro Lodge

North Island
Accommodations
Separate Villas // Capacity - 100 guests
Season
Year-Round
Species
Brown & Rainbow Trout
Ideal For
Couples & Families
A Favorite Among Many North Island Trout Anglers
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Steeped in a rich heritage of fly-fishing, Tongariro Lodge has been around for decades and has been a favorite destination among devoted anglers, former presidents, and even royalty. Located alongside the world-renowned Tongariro River, which drains into great Lake Taupo, this traditional fishing lodge is ideally situated in an area that is reputed for its robust rainbow trout fishery. Indeed, the very first rainbow trout introduced to New Zealand were first brought to this region from North American stock in the 1880s and have been thriving ever since. And while Oncorhunchus mykiss is a bit of an icon for this region, the Taupo watershed also boasts strong populations of trophy brown trout as well. Anglers have gravitated towards the central plateau of the North Island for decades to pursue the trophy trout that reside in that area and Tongariro Lodge has always been one of the most popular places for them to kick up their feet at the end of a long—and productive—day of fishing.
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Lodging Details
Situated on 22 acres along the banks of the famous Tongariro River on the southern end of Great Lake Taupo, Tongariro Lodge offers a range of private accommodation options to its guests. Accommodations are separate from the main lodge; the villas have between one to five bedrooms and spacious living areas, while the chalets offer one-bedroom accommodations that are budget-friendly, yet complete with fine facilities and private terraces that offer stunning views of the river and the mountains beyond. Guests can also delight in the more luxurious executive villa, which has 4 bedrooms (each with an ensuite bathroom, expansive deck, and outdoor fireplace). All of the accommodations at Tongariro Lodge are well-appointed and designed with the angler in mind. Guests are encouraged to explore the beautiful property on foot, as the river is just a stone’s throw away from their doorsteps and is a beautiful setting to experience at sunset (or perhaps to catch the evening hatch)!

The main lodge is resplendent in fishing heritage—every wall is covered with photos of grinning anglers proudly displaying their catches over the years. If you look closely, you might even find photos of former presidents and other celebrities! The atmosphere of the main lodge is everything you would imagine if you were to close your eyes and conjure up what a classic fishing lodge would look like: roaring fires in stone fireplaces, handsome wood floors and finishes, and friendly staff waiting to serve you a glass of New Zealand Pinot Noir—or anything you choose! The lodge has two dining rooms: one is primarily used for breakfast and has magnificent windows that show off the beautiful property in the morning light while the other is considered the dining room and is very warm, intimate, and a perfect place to enjoy a four-course meal at the end of a long day of fishing. The staff in the main lodge are incredibly friendly and are there to make sure all of your needs are met and exceeded.

Food and Beverages
Fine wine and fabulous food are two values that Tongariro Lodge holds dear and, as a result, the dining experience at the lodge carries a reputation that speaks for itself. The chef always makes a point to serve the finest foods with a local flair—from Lavender Lamb rump (a guest favorite) to duck foie gras on toast, you will surely leave the lodge with a better understanding of how to dine Kiwi style. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before your day of fishing (with bottomless coffee just how you like it), delight in the gourmet hamper lunches that are provided on the river, and then look forward to a delicious meal served alongside some great fishing stories that evening. Every meal is crafted with creativity and comprised of the most high-quality, fresh ingredients possible. At Tongariro Lodge, no shortcuts are taken when it comes to delivering an impressive dining experience each and every day.

Typical Length of Stay
Packages are customizable, but the Lodge recommends a minimum of three nights. 

Non-Angling Activities & Options
While Tongariro Lodge is, by nature of its location and its history, a premier fly fishing lodge, there is no shortage of entertainment for the non-angling guest. Indeed, many guests will pay a visit to the lodge with no intention of fishing at all! The mighty Tongariro River offers some of the most exhilarating whitewater rafting in all of New Zealand and this is a very popular activity with the guests. Other fun activities include jet boating, helitouring, snow skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting/wing shooting, and more. The property boasts an all-weather tennis court as well as a secluded spa pool while the nearby town of Turangi has a lovely golf course as well as a spa (although if you want to enjoy a massage in the privacy of your chalet or villa, that can be easily arranged). Beyond Turangi but no further than 45 minutes from the lodge, there are four world-class golf courses, including the Wairakei International course, which is rated #2 in New Zealand.

One of the most well-known hikes in New Zealand (considered the best day walk in New Zealand) is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and this is a must for any guest who is looking for a spectacular hike during their stay. The 20k trail takes you through a dual World Heritage area featuring dramatic volcanic landscapes, emerald-green geothermal pools and lakes, and lots of Maori spiritual landmarks. This hike can be undertaken with a guide from the lodge or on one’s own—either way, it is surely a New Zealand “must do!”

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available in all rooms at no cost.

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