"In the fish cleaning room, there is a catch book, every entry is it's own story, Peter 12 from Perth, caught 3 fish 7lb, 6lb and 4llb, and Jane from Exeter, caught my first trout 4 lbs, very exciting. "

From the Creel Lodge catch book

scotch poacher fly

Each of our cabins at Creel Lodge is named after a trout fishing fly and has its own hand painted picture of the fly named.

green fuzzy wuzzy fly

Many of our return guests ask for 'their' cabin by the flys' name.

turkey and yellow fly

Visit www.nzfishing.com for the complete guide to New Zealand trout fishing, salmon fishing and fly fishing.

hamills killer fly


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trout fish photo

Our Location - Turangi - New Zealand

Creel Lodge is situated on the famous Tongariro River, with it's own private access to one of New Zealand's top fly-fishing rivers. The Lodge is less than 1km from Turangi Township, nestled at the Southern end of Lake Taupo and situated in the centre of New Zealand's North Island. Click here for our Turangi location and street map.

Turangi has four very distinct seasons - the Summers are hot and full of Cicadas. Spring is warm with the odd shower and pretty flowers everywhere. Autumn is very dramatic with it's vibrant reds and golds, bright clear days and crisp evenings. Winter arrives with the first falls of snow on the surrounding hills and mountains - most of the native trees are evergreen - so the scenery is always breathtaking.

Turangi is the central location for all major hunting, fishing and sporting activities, with river fishing at your front door and the famous Lake Taupo just minutes away. During the winter months "June to September" there's skiing on Mt Ruapehu (Mt Doom as featured in the "Lord of the Rings" movie) only an hour away. Other mountain, river and lake activities on your doorstep at Creel Lodge are ? the famous hiking track the "Tongariro Crossing", thermal hot pools at Tokaanu, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Walking, Horse Riding, Golf, Trail bike and Quad biking.

How to Get Here
Click here for our Turangi location and street map.
Getting to Creel Lodge is easy, with a number daily scheduled flights by Air New Zealand from all major cities to Taupo airport. Taupo airport is only (40km ? 25 miles) 30 minutes scenic drive around the Southeastern shores of Lake Taupo to Turangi and Creel Lodge.

If time is of the essence helicopter and air charter transfers are available from Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the central North Island from your air transport and touchdown at the Turangi air strip. Flying from Auckland or Wellington to Creel Lodge ? takes around 1 hr 30 minutes, and flying from Rotorua to Creel Lodge allow 40 minutes. Creel Lodge staff are happy to arrange transport from the airport to the lodge, which is only 10 minutes drive away.

If you have a little more time you can take a rental car driving from either Auckland or Wellington, the distance is approx 340km / 200 miles. From both major cities, allow 4 hours drive time.

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Map of Turangi, showing central north island river and road map
click here to view map and more of the Tongiraro river areaclick here to view map and more of the Tongiraro river area

Creel Lodge, 183 Taupahi Road , Turangi/Tongariro, New Zealand
Phone/Fax +64 - 7 - 386 - 8081. NZ free call number 0800 - 273 - 355

Tongariro River, some of the best sighted trout fishery in the world

Creel Lodge is very central and easy to get to, overseas visitors and New Zealanders make Creel Lodge their North Island holiday base, it?s easy to see why.

Turangi is centrally located for hunting, fishing, hiking, quad biking and other outdoor activities
Creel Lodge catch book.

Choosing Creel Lodge as your base will provide you with access to activities such as the world famous Tongariro Crossing, excellent winter and spring skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, walking, and year round lake and river fishing.

Tokaanu thermal pools, 5 minutes from the Lodge

At the end of a busy day you can pop over to the Tokaanu hot pools (just 5km from Creel Lodge) which offer you private pools where you can relax and plan your evening.

You can arrange any of these activities by contacting Turangi?s NZ Tourist information center on
64 - 7 - 386 - 8999 or email to turangivc@laketauponz.com,
WEB site: www.laketaupo.co.nz