Tongariro and Riverview Lodges

An Unforgettable Adventure for Fly Fishing Fanatics

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Recommended Length

7-10 Days


January, February, March, November, December

New Zealand is a breathtaking country and a world-class destination for Brown and Rainbow trout. Join Trek at the Tongariro and Riverview Lodges for a fly fishing experience reserved for true angling aficionados. The rich waters here are teeming with big trout, and it is not unusual for anglers to land fish in the 10 lbs. range. Your deluxe accommodations during this adventure will deliver both high levels of service, as well as a stunningly immersive experience of the country’s natural beauty.

We at Trek have designed a nine-day, eight-night trip with six days of fishing in some of the world’s best trout waters. The trip originates in Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, where you will connect with your flight to Taupo and further transfer onto the Tongariro Lodge. The first day is free to get acclimated and rest up from the long trip down.

The next three days will be full fishing days, with overnights at the Tongariro Lodge. Day five will be spent traveling to Taupo for your flight to the South Island town of Wellington, and then on to Christchurch, where you will be met and transferred to the famous Riverview Lodge, using the remainder of the day as leisure. The following three days will be full days of fishing with overnights at the lodge. On the final morning, you will be transferred to Christchurch for your flight home.

On the North Island, wild rainbow and brown trout have thrived in the Lake Taupo system more so than anywhere else in this country. Many trophy trout over 10lbs are landed by Tongariro Lodge guests each year, with an overall average of over 4 lbs. The Tongariro River is the most famous fly fishing river in New Zealand. Every year, over 50,000 prime conditioned trout migrate up this river from Lake Taupo, providing truly amazing year- round fly fishing opportunity. Riverview Lodge on the South Island boasts to have guided clients to some of the largest Brown Trout in New Zealand, with the average being 5 pounds, but every season some double figured fish are caught.

The lodge employs 4-5 experienced guides, all of whom have excellent knowledge of the local rivers. Traveling by vehicle or helicopter ensures an exciting day in beautiful remote scenery, as well as every opportunity to outwit the smart New Zealand Brown Trout. With access to nearly 20 rivers, as well as a special concession river, you will truly experience this magnificent region.

On the North Island, we will be staying at the well known Tongariro Lodge, a short distance from Lake Taupo, near the shores of the Tongariro River, waters initially made famous by Zane Gray. It is now fished by presidents, royalty and celebrities alike.

On the South Island, The Riverview Lodge is located at the junction of the Waiau, Percival and Hanmer Rivers, offering five en-suite bedrooms, where guests reside in comfort with spectacular mountain views looking across the valley. The Lodge is located approximately 1-3/4 hours north of Christchurch and five miles from the quaint Alpine Spa Township of Hanmer Springs. The lodge owners, John and Robin Gemmell, have operated Riverview for bird hunting and fly fishing now for nearly 30 years. The lodge has an experienced European-trained chef, whose specialties range from wild game to pastries with a focus on local New Zealand cuisine.

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