The new lodge up this week on the New Zealand Fishing Lodges website is Treetops Lodge, near Rotorua. Appealing to the luxury, fishing, golf and eco traveller, it’s a place of primeval forest, tumbling streams and great beauty.
Treetops Lodge is set in 2500 acres of private wilderness and trout fishing rivers in the central North Island. It’s in the heart of New Zealand’s trout fishing country with both brown and rainbow trout flitting through its pristine waterways. It is also only an hour from the excellent deep sea fishing of the Bay of Plenty, one of New Zealand’s most popular saltwater fishing grounds, and the legendary trout-laden Tongariro River to the west.
The lodge was designed with the heritage of New Zealand’s early European settlers in mind, the high roof pitch and deepset verandahs harking back to a colonial era. But that’s where the pioneering aspect ends, with each lodge room and villa appointed to the highest standards.
Accommodation is a mix of lodge rooms, private villas in the grounds, a super-luxurious fully self-contained family retreat and a less formal country cottage. The villas and the family retreat all enjoy open fires, separate lounge rooms and luxurious bathrooms. The lodge rooms can be booked exclusively as the Lodge Wing, teamed with a large kitchen dining area, making another great option for families or groups, or the rooms can be booked separately.
The Family Retreat is just that, a luxurious retreat from the world, with four large bedrooms, all with bathrooms, and a large central living area. You can arrange to have a chef for your stay, and there is a 5 star kids program available to keep the children busy while you’re fishing, or relaxing. It’s a special place for families.
And the fishing is well worth indulging in. There are 13 fishing lakes and 60 rivers and streams within an easy drive of Treetops. Heli-fishing is also an option. Brown and rainbow trout are the main target species with a few brook and tiger trout as well. Fly, boat and spin fishing for trout are available. All fishing gear can be supplied and there is on-site fly-fishing tuition available if your skills are a little rusty.
Just an hour away, out on the east coast of the island, the saltwater fishing in the Bay of Plenty is awesome with in-shore and deep-sea options available. And with an active volcano, White Island, in the middle of the bay, it’s well worth the trip out. Target species include kingfish, snapper, terakihi, bluenose, marlin and tuna.
Treetops is a special gem, drawing together all the beautiful things about the central North Island, teamed with some great fly and saltwater fishing.