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River Cottage Taihape

The River Cottage is situated next to the beautiful Rangitikei River which is renowed for its great trout fishing. The house is fully fenced, safe for children, and has a garden with outdooor furniture.
Surrounded by beautiful country-side, the cottage is on a large sheep and cattle station, and you are most most welcome to go for a farm walk over the station. This is an ideal place to explore the Rangitikei and other great rivers in the area.



Mary Mead


Springvale Brdge

Taihape/Napier Road,


Contact details

Phone: +64 6 388 0968
Fax: +64 6 3880552
Mobile: +64 027 295 8388
Email: rivercottage1@live.com

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

Fishing below the ccottage Below Springvale Bridge
Fishing waters

River Cottage is located opposite Springvale Bridge on the Rangitikei and so offers great fishing in this area. Other waters a short drive away include

Note: The cottage is an ideal base for anyone wanting to raft this section of the Rangitikei.

Location The River Cottage is 40 minutes from Taihape and 1 hour 30 from Napier/ Hastings. It is marked on the Upper Rangitikei map.

Surrounded by beautiful country-side, the cottage is a stone's throw away from the Rangitikei River.



The cottage is a fully equipped self-contained 3 bedroomed house, with an open plan kitchen and dining area with one bathroom

  • Open plan kitchen
  • Three bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • Private cottage garden
  • Access to magnificent Rangitikei River fishing
  • Fireplace with wood supplied
  • Oven and wood stove
  • Freezer fridge, microwave and toaster
  • Tea, coffee, sugar etc
  • Cleaning equipment and supplies
  • Garage
  • BBQ
  • High Chair and portacot
  • TV
Local attractions and activities
  • Fishing
  • Farm adventures, farm pets
  • Swimming
  • Walks
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
Indicative tariffs
as at 1 March 2014

Between $100 - $200


"Mary and Garry,                                                     

Thank you for a wonderful and unique backcountry experience staying in your comfortable family cottage overlooking and near the Rangitikei river. We enjoyed the fishing and you taking time out to share the open spaces and station activities with us.   We hope to come again soon." Ken Beere

"We spent a fantastic early autumn weekend at River Cottage.  Our party was two 50ish couples.  We are all learning the art of fly fishing.  River Cottage is perfectly located on the Gentle Annie Road on a bluff above the Rangitiki River.  It is less than a 5 minute walk to the river and there great fishing pools a kilometre in each direction up and down the river. Even us novices were able to catch a few nice fish.  The Cottage itself is a nicely presented three  bedroom farmhouse with a full kitchen and lovely lounge with a wood-burner.  Very cosy and comfortable with spectacular views out all windows. The kitchen is fully equipped and we made good use of it as we prepared all of our meals over the weekend.  In summary it was a perfect weekend with friends and we give our highest recommendation to River Cottage.” Geoff Bennett Napier

"What a wonderful stay for Anna and myself. Very quiet, comfortable and great fishing." Doug Stevens nzfishing.com


Set in big country by the Rangitikei river

River cottage is a haven for a restful reviver.

Comfortable and clean with spectacular views
It’s a place to get rest, and forget the news
Maybe catch a trout, on the evening rise
While you see the sun, set before your eyes
Go for a walk and watch the livestock graze
Or swim in the river if that’s the latest craze
So come to the station and have family fun
At the River cottage, on the Otu-pai run 

Ken Beere

Fafting down the river

Anna and Doug raft fishing down the river while staying at River Cottage


Fish on




Raft fishing

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