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Tongariro Lodge, New Zealand
It was scarcely more than an experiment. One fateful day in late 1883, Malcolm Ross’ wife, Forrest, knelt along the bank of the upper Tongariro and released a small bucket of fingerlings. Back then, no one even fantasized that these tiny Sonoma Creek steelhead would produce one of the world’s most prolific rainbow fisheries. Today the Lake Taupo fishery is estimated to hold over one million fish averaging four pounds. And more remarkably, its prime tributary, the Tongariro, hosts 70 percent of the system’s annual spawning migration. It is no coincidence that legendary New Zealand outfitter and angler Tony Hayes built his lodge on the banks of this remarkable system.

Guests at Tongariro Lodge enjoy well-appointed cabins with private bathrooms. Fine cuisine is served in the main lodge. With horseback riding, hiking, rafting, golf, and natural hot pools, you will see why we consider this lodge a must for anglers and adventures alike. There are still openings available for this season at Tongariro Lodge, which you will see below. If you need an escape from winter in the northern hemisphere and want to escape down to New Zealand for an unforgettable trip, now is your chance!


Available dates:
January 22 – 29 (4 rods)
Janunary 29 – February 6 (4 rods)
February 16 – 22 (4 rods)

Rate: $3,360 per person based on double occupancy

Included: Accommodations, meals, guided fishing, and access fees

Not Included: Airfare to/from Taupo, round-trip transportation to the lodge, optional fly-outs by fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter, gratuities, alcohol