Fishing the Tongariro, or Backblocks!

The Olive Rabbit, Boutique Bed and Breakfast, is a homely, comfortable, hosted accommodation set close to the Tongariro River. The owners, Mary & Tim will look after you and your needs to ensure your fishing experience is second-to-none. From organising a fishing guide, to drying your gear, to helping you smoke your catch to ensuring it is cooked to perfection, they will be there all the way. Whatever you need, they will endeavour to source. Fishing the world-famous Tongariro River has been a passion for fishermen for well over a century. From quiet, gentle pools to rapids and raging pools in the upper river, fishermen have been drawn to the Tongariro region to hook their “big one.” Let Mary & Tim ensure you join the group of fishermen who rave about the area.

Lower Tongariro River

These slow flowing pools, south of the SH1’s bridge, attract many anglers particularly over the summer period. The big browns is their wish as they cast out and hope for better things.

Middle Section Tongariro River

The section between the SH1 road bridge and Red Hut Pool attracts many anglers throughout the year. Many pools have become established and are famous for many reasons. People from all walks of life have visited including the Duchess of York I the ‘40s, Zane Grey, and then the Major, the Judge & the Admiral. Here, wading is relatively safe and parking is easy.

Upper Tongariro River

Above the Red Pool the fishing is more challenging.  Boulders & rapids prevail and often the river can be turbulent and wild. The pools are smaller so sharing of space is not in the equation nor is company. This area is for those wanting solitude!

Book a Guide:

Check our packages and let us know if you wish to fish the Tongariro River or venture further afield. Our guides can also advise on this depending up the time of the year, time allocated and conditions that may prevail.