They offer the most diverse range of rainbow and brown trout fly fishing opportunities in New Zealand.

Tongariro Lodge’s guiding operation is one of New Zealand’s most experienced fly-fishing outfitters. The knowledge, experience and expertise of the lodge’s guides is unequaled. Founded by legendary angler and guide Tony Hayes. In 1982 Tongariro Lodge Guides have catered for the world’s who’s who of fly-fishing.Our guides provide access to over 40 rivers and 3 Lakes. They offer the most diverse range of rainbow and brown trout fly fishing opportunities in New Zealand.

The name New Zealand raises the pulse of trout fishermen and women the world over, and wild rainbow and brown trout have thrived better in the Lake Taupo system than anywhere else in this country. Trophy trout over 10lbs are landed by Tongariro Lodge guests each year, with an overall average of around 4 lbs.

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The Tongariro River is the most famous fly fishing river in New Zealand. Every year over 50 thousand prime-conditioned trout migrate up this river from Lake Taupo, providing truly amazing year-round fly fishing opportunity. Through the experience of our guiding teams, special access to many rivers that run through private land has been acquired. Every year our guides get out and explore more “waters” for our clients to enjoy. This area truly is a vast fishery that can provide the trout fishing experience of a lifetime year round to the beginner and expert alike.

We run our own rafts, four wheel drive vehicles and boats, and have some of the best back country nymph and dry fly fishing for sighted browns and rainbows to be found anywhere. Our helicopter access options offer truly remarkable fishing, but are by no means necessary.



Tongariro Lodge guides are the most experienced heli-fishing operators in New Zealand. From October to April, guests enjoy this ultimate wilderness fly fishing experience from the Lodge. Tongariro Lodge has special access to large areas of private land that provides anglers with helicopter access to fourteen wilderness rivers, and includes up to 60 kilometres of trophy fly-fishing for brown and rainbows.

A heli-fishing day entails anglers and guide being picked up at the lodge in Turangi on the southern shores of Lake Taupo by one of our helicopters and experienced pilots. Enjoy a majestic flight into the nearby ranges, and be dropped right on the riverbank of a stunningly beautiful river that’s yours to enjoy for the day. Anglers and guide fish their way upstream, spotting, stalking and fishing to some of the biggest trout in the country. The helicopter picks you up at the end of the day and whisks you back to the lodge. Overnight heli-fishing and camping can also be arranged.

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Raft Fishing

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 raft and your white water 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 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.


Trophy trout over 10 lbs are landed by Tongariro Lodge guests each year, with an overall average of around 4 lbs.

At Sweet Waters Adventure, every excursion is customized to your unique requirements.

There are no “canned” adventures. You wouldn’t want it any other way. Once we’ve designed the perfect getaway for you and your family or your fishing buddies, we’ll nail down every detail including pricing options. Your choice of accommodations and activities determine your final costs. We’ll work closely with you to meet your specific requirements and desires. Of course, every adventure varies according to your length of stay, types of activities, and the season.

You’ll be amazed that most of our quotes will be turned around in less than 24 hours. Few other adventure companies can back that claim up with real results. But here’s the most important benefit for you to remember – our services are completely free to our clients. At Sweet Waters Adventure, we have developed contacts around the globe that will offer the lone adventurer, family, or group action-packed days, some of the finest cuisine served up anywhere, and the assurance of comfortable nights. Not to mention enough life-affirming experiences to guarantee a future full of priceless memories. Tell us your dreams. We’ll help them come true.

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