Wildwood Lodge

Wildwood Lodge, fly fishing lodge, Rotorua, New Zealand

Sitting quietly beside Lake Rotoehu and overlooking its forest-fringed waters, Wildwood Lodge offers a restful, rejuvenating stay and excellent fishing. Close to the year-round trout fishing streams of the Central Plateau and 45 minutes from the rich coastal fishing of the Bay of Plenty, it’s a great place to stop over any time of year.

Hosts, Cath and Simon, offer a full lodge stay and guided fishing. Their hospitality is gracious and welcoming and Simon is a well-respected local fishing guide with a comprehensive knowledge of the fishing around the Rotorua and Urewera areas. Accommodation is in two luxurious rooms in the main house and a fantastic luxury garden cottage overlooking the lake. The lodge is an easy 15 minute drive from Rotorua airport, 25 minutes from Rotorua, an hour and a half from Taupo and three hours from Auckland.

There’s a golf course next door, pleasant walks and all of the thermal wonderland attractions of Rotorua just a short drive away. Soda Springs hot pools are nearby and there’s live and clay shooting available locally.


Guest House - Wildwood Lodge, Rotorua, New Zealand



  • there are two large, beautifully appointed suites in the main house – one upstairs and one down. Each opens on to a private deck overlooking the lake
  • the free-standing Garden Cottage is just a few metres from the main house but maintains a nice sense of  isolation through its good design. It’s hard to beat waking in the morning and looking out across the lake while still in bed
  • the cottage has a comfortable living area, tea and coffee making, a baggage room, ample bathroom and lobby area. There’s also a private spa off the bedroom for late night soaks after a hard day’s fishing


Wildwood Lodge, fly fishing lodge, New Zealand


The Main Lodge:

  • the main house has a large entertaining area complete with a big log fire and several dining spots
  • the lounge opens on to a lakefront deck with more dining options for warm summer days and early breakfasts
  • Cath runs a busy kitchen and caters for all her guests from the central open kitchen
  • pre-dinner drinks, canapes and dinner wines are included, and there’s a great selection of wines in the cellar to supplement these
  • the library is a quiet place to retreat to with an interesting selection of books and a guest laptop
  • helipad on site for easy arrivals and departures


The Fishing:

  • Wildwood is close to excellent brown and rainbow trout fishing. Some rivers are open all year round
  • there are over 30 rivers to choose from in summer, plus the lakes. Lake Rotorua is a fully wild fishery but nearby lakes are up to 70% stocked. All Simon’s fishing is for wild trout


Wildwood Lodge fishing, North Island, New Zealand


  • the Rangitikei River offers the best winter fishing options and Simon also has some favourite spots in the remote, wild areas of  Te Urewera National Park
  • Wildwood is also only 45 minutes from Whakatane, on the Bay of Plenty coast – a key coastal North Island fishing region
  • saltwater species include snapper and kingfish, trevally and terakihi. Volcanic White Island, in the centre of the Bay of Plenty, is well worth a boat trip to see. There’s also good fishing out there
  • Simon maintains a large tackle room of gear catering for sizes S to XXXOS, with a large selection of rods and reels as well
  • if you’re bringing your own rod, he recommends a five or six weight, a weight forward floating line and reel capable of holding 75 – 100 metres of backing
  • full day guided fishing – $NZ 1,150 for 1-2 people; licence extra $35 per day
  • heli-fishing rates – additional cost



Includes pre-dinner drinks, 3 course dinner, full breakfast, wines and beer (some wines are extra), wifi and use of loan fly fishing equipment and gear
  • lodge suites – double or twin room per night $NZ 1,350.00; single $NZ 1,100.00
  • garden cottage – double or twin rate per night $NZ 1,550.00; single $ NZ 1,350.00
  • bed and breakfast rate is available
  • children are welcome by prior arrangement
  • Cancellation fees may apply
  • Currency converter available here


Wildwood Lodge is open all year


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