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Tui Lodge and Guides

Situated near the world famous Tongariro River in the quiet town of Turangi on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, Tui Lodge will quite simply take your breath away. Surrounded by stunning scenery and rivers just waiting for you to fish for the brown and rainbow trout the region is world famous for.

Tui Lodge is a purpose built luxury home with four spacious guest rooms all with private ensuites making it an ideal haven for the ultimate fishing experience as well as being perfect for non-fishing partners, holiday makers and artists.


Ian and Frances Jenkins


196 Taupahi Rd

Contact details

Phone: +64 7 386 0840

Mobile: 0274 411 625 (within NZ only)

Email: info@tui-lodge.co.nz

Web: www.tui-lodge.co.nz

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Tongariro River

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo streams

Waimarino River

Tauranga-Taupo River

Lake Otamangakau

Lake Rotoaira

plus a number of other rivers known by the resident guides.


Tui Lodge is marked is marked on the lower Tongariro River map.

It is located close to some of the most famous pools on the Tongariro River within the small township of Turangi and close to the southern shores of Lake Taupo


The lodge offers guests the following facilites:

  • Beautifully landscaped grounds a short walk from some of the best known pools on the Tongariro River
  • Central heating
  • Fresh flowers in each room from the garden
  • On site fishing guide
  • Wheelchair access
  • Email and fax

The lodge offers guests the following facilites:

  • Four very spacious bedrooms each with super/king beds (which can also be split into twin/single beds)
  • Cotton bed linen
  • Ensuites with hair dryer, toiletries, heated floor and towel rails
  • Writing desk and mineral water in all four bedrooms
  • Private guest lounge with open fire, tea/coffee, nibbles
  • Sky TV, artwork, library and books
  • Full cooked or continental breakfast served in dining room.

Your host, Ian out there doing it.

Fishing options

The lodge is located within walking distance of the world famous Tongariro River, which is noted for its winter spawning runs of wild rainbow trout with an average weight of approximately 2kgs or 4.5lb. The brown trout on average will be larger with quite a few exceeding 10 lbs. Fishing options include:

Summer fishing

Summer fishing is quite challenging, using lighter rods and smaller nymphs and fishing for resident fish, it is sometimes a test of one's skill and patience as it usually requires spotting the fish first and then making the correct cast.

The scenery on these backcountry streams is great and you may think that you are the only person in this world. Most can be access by 4x4 vehicle. For the angler that wants a real adventure a helicopter flight will get you in to the most remote rivers in our area.

Winter fishing

This area is world renown for the winter runs of rainbow & brown trout up the Tongariro River & other smaller streams.

It is estimated that 50,000 - 70,000 trout run up the Tongariro River every winter and these trout are in top condition and will test your skills when trying to land them.

Fishing on Lake Taupo

There can be good trout fishing around the shores of Lake Taupo in the summer time when the trout come into feed on the smelt that are spawning in the shallower water. Trout can often be seen aggressively feeding within two-rod lengths of you making for entertaining and exciting fishing.

Night Fishing

A great opportunity to catch the big fish is to target them at night when the biggest fish come out to feed. Ian & Andrew have caught most of their double figure trout at night which includes Ian's 19lb brown!

There can also be an evening rise in the early summer & summer periods for the fisherman that enjoys some dry fly fishing.


For the angler that wants a real adventure to the most remote rivers, a helicopter flight is the way to go. These rivers hold good numbers both rainbows & brown trout, with fish over 7lb not uncommon. There are huts by the rivers, so it is possible to stay overnight.



There are wild Red, Sika & Fellow deer in our Central Plateau & Lake Taupo area with no deer fences in sight. A guide with over 30 years experience can take you into the best areas to find a trophy head (the roar for deer hunting is from April- May). Hunting for rabbits, opossums, goats & pigs can also be arranged.

About the guides

Tui Lodge has two top guides, who will tailor the fishing trip that memories are made of.

Ian Jenkins

Ian started fishing as a boy on the small streams that flow of Mt Taranaki. In 1990 he landed a 19lb Brown trout from the Tongariro River. As he says, "It was the fish one dreams about". Since then he has caught several fish over that magic 10lb mark.

Ian says about his fishing and guiding, "I have found the people that I have guided very interesting and it has been very satisfying helping fishermen/women from all over the world catch fish in our area. For some of them it has been a life time dream to have caught a trout in the Tongariro River. Hopefully we can help to make those dreams come true."

Andrew Jenkins

Andrew is a pasionate angler having had his father Ian introduce him to angling from an early age. Andrew says, "I enjoy fishing & guiding in the backcountry rivers with the feeling of being the only person on the river. I practice catch & release on these rivers, as they are wild fisheries.

I have had much pleasure in introducing people from all over the world to fly fishing in our paradise. Whether they are a beginner or experienced angler I can assist them experience our Kiwi hospitality & top class fly fishing."

Local attractions and activities

Other attractions in the area include:

  • Tokaanu thermal mineral pools just 10 minutes drive
  • Tongariro Trout Centre is less than 5 minutes away
  • Tongariro National Park and Pureora Forest and Pureora Forest park for bush walks
  • Thermal wonderlands where you can observe boiling mudpools, geysers and volcanic activity close up
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Waiouru Army Museum 30 mins drive
  • Taumarunui Spiral train Trip
  • 5 golf courses within 35 minutes dirve.
  • Tongariro National Park ski field is less than an hours drive away.
  • Shopping, cafes and restaurants at Taupo (25 mins away) and Rotorua (1 hours drive).
  • Beauty clinics and day spa

The region is also famous for its many adventure activities.

Indicative accommodation tariff
as at March 2018

Tui Lodge's tariff includes accommodation, cooked or continental breakfast and full use of all the lodge's facilites.

  • NZ$270 to $335 per double per night
Guides rates as at March 2017

Guided fishing with one of the lodges top guides includes:

- All tackle

- Expert tuition

- Lunch (provided for full days guiding)

Summer Fishing

Full day: NZ$750 for 1-2 people (GST inclusive)

Half day: NZ$400 for 1-2 people (GST inclusive)

Winter fishing
Full day:
$600 for 1-2 people.

Helicopters can be arranged to suit the size of the party.


Enquire about a fishing and accommodation package.


When traveling from the North (from Auckland or Taupo)

Travel through Taupo on SH1 to Turangi (about 45 minutes south). Just before you get to the Turangi township, take the first road on the left (Link Road), then turn right into Taupahi Road. Tui Lodge is half way down on the right hand side just past Arahori St.

When traveling from the South (from Wellington)

Travel into Turangi on SH1. Drive past the National Park sign until you see the Turangi town centre on the left hand side. Turn right into Arahori St then right into Taupahi Rd. Tui Lodge is not far along on the right hand side.


Backcountry fishing at its best

The beautiful gardens

Turangi in autumn

A typical Tongariro rainbow

A wonderful conditioned brown

Tongariro River at dawn

One of the many famous Tongariro pools

A backcountry river for yourself

Natural thermal pools



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