The skilled and meditative pastime of fly fishing from the banks or shallows of a deep turquoise river is one of New Zealand’s most enduring images.
Huka Lodge has its very foundations in the sport of fly fishing, as the trout-rich Waikato River which flows alongside the property was the original motivation for Alan Pye to set up a series of white canvas tents as a well-positioned fishermen’s camp. As word of the bountiful properties of the river spread, visitors came to the remote outpost from around the world to cast their lines and try for a bite.
Today, many visitors to Taupō are keen to try their hand at the traditional sport. The Taupō region is New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing region and is renowned as home to some of the world’s best fly fishing rivers. The Waitahanui, Hinemaiaia and Tongariro rivers are great attractions, while the surrounding lush green scenery makes it a peaceful – if challenging – pastime for anglers of all ages and stages.
The cooler months from May to September are popular for spawning Rainbow and Brown trout, which run up the rivers from Lake Taupō .
For guests at Huka Lodge, a fly fishing adventure may be a half or full day experience, in the company of a personal fishing guide. Guides provide pick up and drop off, transfer to the day’s chosen fishing location as well as top quality rods, reels, waders and flies. Fly fishing casting lessons are also available on the Huka Lodge lawns with a dedicated fly fishing instructor.