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Tony (Bones) Murphy Guide


Tony (Bones) Murphy offers you a trout fishing trip of a life time.

Based in Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the sun, Tony has access to many top brown and rainbow trout fishing rivers and streams in this beautiful location, including the Ruakituri River where Tony has a hut that can be hired.

This area of NZ may be isolated, but spend the extra $$ and have the ADVANTAGE of not seeing other anglers: plus less fishing pressure, meaning: no spooky trout, footprints rubbish etc.


Tony specialises in helicopter, ATV and 4WD day trips or overnight camp outs.

Ruakituri River

Please have your credit card ready when booking by phone or e-mail. (The park is closed over winter).

Contact Details

Phone: +64 6 8631295

Email: [email protected]

Postal address
P.O Box 16

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

Fishing options

Tony Murphy fishes all the rivers and streams in the Gisborne area including the:
Motu River (100% sight fishing)
Ruakituri River with its large river-resident rainbow trout
Waioeka River and tributaries
Hangoroa River (100% sight fishing)

Opato River

Guided fishing options include:

  • Helicopter, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and 4WD trips
  • Day trips easily arranged out of Gisborne
  • Campouts can include flying by helicopter or using ATV to remote locations
  • Camp in tents by streams or bunk down in Department of Conservation (DOC) huts
  • Half day trips where anglers can be taken and left on the river


Extra guides can be arranged for larger parties. Winter fishing is also an option,


About your guide

Your guide is Tony Murphy who:

  • Has 20 years experience as a fishing guide
  • Is an associate member of the Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA)
  • Is committed to making your fishing experience memorable
  • Enjoys guiding all levels of angler from novice to expert

Turkey, peacock, deer and pig hunting trips also available

What to bring

While Tony can supply some tackle, many anglers prefer to bring their own gear. These are some suggestions to ensure you choose the right tackle for the fishing in the area.

Rods: Modern graphite 4 – 7 ight. Also a spare rod can save heartache if one breaks.

For wilderness trips, 3- or 4-piece travelling rods are recommended.

Reels: Any good quality with capacity for at least 100 yards of backing

Lines: Weight forward floating lines in dull colours

Leaders: Knotless tapered clear leaders 8–12 ft, 3x-5x; 8lb–4lb

Flies: Put plenty of lead into your nymphs which should be size 12–16. Bead heads (such as the Hare and Copper Gold Bead) are more than useful and your selection should include Pheasant Tail and Hare's Ear.

Waders: Light weight chest waders with stocking feet in conjunction with soled wading boots are ideal.

Clothing: Make sure that fishing shirts, hats and trousers are dull in colour.

Accommodation at the RuakituriHut


Tony has a cabin right on the Ruakaturi River that can be hired by anglers fishing independently.

While basic, Ruakituri Hut (aka The Ruakituri Hilton) is only 50 minutes from the river. Everything you need is there and can accommodate up to three anglers.

Indicative tariff as at 1 Jan 2019

With the wide variety of fishing on offer, Tony can set up special packages to meet your skill level and they type of fishing you enjoy and the time you have available. Indicative costings are:


Pick and and drop off at Gisborne Airport:

  • Complimentary and part of the package

Full day guiding, 4 wheel drive abd ATV transport:

  • $NZ550 for 1-2 anglers for a full day
  • $NZ350 for 1-2 anglers for a half day (to show you river, access points, what flies, huts etc)
  • $NZ100 per extra angler

Campout which includes meals, drinks, sleeping equipment in huts or tents:

  • $NZ200 per trip
  • Helicopter prices on application

Ruakituri River hut:

$NZ100 per night (sleeps 3) and has the river 50 metres from your door.


"I have fished with Tony Murphy and his father Frank for over ten years. I truly love New Zealand and what i love most about the country is the people. They are the most genuine, caring and helpful people i have met. Tony Murphy is such a person. He is am exceptional fishing guide totally knowlegable about the rivers and what flies the trout should feed on.

Whenever asked to recommend a fishing destination in New Zealand, I always recommend Murphys lodge. It is a truly local Kiwi experience. You will catch trout at Murphys."
Angelo Defilippo
Armonk, USA

I have fished in New Zealand many times over the last 20 years both guided and solo. Tony Murphy has regularly guided me and on all occasions we caught good fish. Whilst I, like many, would rather float a dry fly down a run as opposed to a nymph, a number of times Tony urged me to drop a heavy nymph (one of his) down a fast run and we had great results - large, hard fighting rainbow trout! I know Tony as a guide who knows how to fish and how to put you onto fish. He has a great understanding of the 'outdoors' and a good sense of humour ! Also if you want to take a day off from fishing and go hunting for peacock or turkey, then Tony can fix that too. I took two great peacocks one morning with Tony and then switched back to fishing in the afternoon!

From a visiting fly fisherman's point of view, Tony is a 'no regrets' fishing guide!