River Birches Lodge

Location: Coromandel & Waikato | New Zealand

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

A cedar-clad retreat right beside the famous and trout-thick Tongariro River, the architecturally acclaimed River Birches lodge is all about understated luxury, from its stylish, east-meet-west décor to its peaceful garden setting. Located in New Zealand’s renowned fly fishing region, this is the ultimate spot for anglers and hikers looking to cast their rods or lace up their boots in central North Island.
Perfect forAll types of fisherman: from the early morning angler to the more leisurely drop-the-line-in piscator.
In the know
  • Not just for fisherman, you can also go whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking and golfing.
  • Offers just three guestrooms and one cottage set within peaceful gardens along the famous Tongariro River. 
  • Provides fishing equipment so you don’t have to bring yours on holiday.

Recommended for...

  • Peace & Quiet
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Food & Wine
  • Hideaway

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Just minutes from Lake Taupo, one of New Zealand’s largest lakes, and in the heart of Zane Grey country.

Rooms at River Birches Lodge

Named after iconic pools on the river, there are just three guestrooms. Each room has a super king-size bed with a down quilt and sink-into pillows and an en suite bathroom with a generously-sized bath. With Thai silk curtains, Maori weavings, Burmese furniture and doors carved from native rimu wood, the rooms’ interiors are a beautiful blend of half Asian, half Kiwi design.
If you’d prefer a private garden setting, pick the Major’s Room, which stands apart from the main house, or the Duchess’s Room, for its cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Alternatively, go for the Admiral’s Room to use the soothing cedar hot tub after a long day’s sightseeing or the Cottage, a three-bedroom self-contained property, best suited for families and smaller groups.

Food and drink

In the mornings you can feast on a cooked breakfast or keep it light with a continental breakfast of homemade cereals and preserves, fresh seasonal fruits and yoghurts. Lunch and dinner (available by advance request) are made from the best locally grown produce whenever possible, but if you’d like to dine out, Turangi and Taupo offer a variety of  dining options.


There’s a fully equipped fitness room in the main lodge, as well as large living areas with open fires and satellite TVs. The lodge also has a fully stocked tackle room with a range of high-quality fishing rods, breathable waders and fishing vests.

Activities at River Birches Lodge

Once you are suited up with all the right equipment, head either by yourself or with a guide to the nearby pools to practice your 10 to 2 o’clock cast. On the Tongariro River, you’ll be fishing for either brown or rainbow trout, which can be done at the pools, such as Major Jones or Cattle Rustlers, or in a kayak or raft. If you find the water a bit cold, wallow in the hot mineral pools located just 10 minutes away or walk off chill by follow the bush tracks in Tongariro National Park.
Considered one of the finest walks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing begins in the native forests on the western slopes of the national park and tracks along the mountainous scenery to end with panoramic views from the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. At the River Birches, you can go on a privately guided hike with an experienced mountain guided, where after taking in the popular vista, you’ll explore the rarely seen yet superb views from special mountain viewpoints, escaping the summer crowds.

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Hotel location

35-minute drive from Taupo Airport and a 10-minute walk from Turangi town centre.

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