“Who Knew .... Fisherman's Paradise”
My wife and I were on a self drive trip and needed a spot to stop between Rotorua and Wellington. Our trip planner picked this location because we said we liked the outdoors and nature. Don't give up ... it some 15km after you leave the main road. We only were passing through but really enjoyed the rustic tree house room. When we arrive the owners (Stephen and Trudy) were out ... they had left a note on a chalkboard that was so cool. It was a map of the B&B showing us were to bunk down .... no key needed. We were tired and it was getting late when Trudy stopped by to make sure we were settled in. She asked if we had food and when we said no ... she replied "Well, you have to eat with us" They provide (for a modest fee) dinner with the family. We joined a Canadian couple who were on their 5th visit to New Zealand. He came to Tarata to fish; she to ride horses. We joined with the Canadians and our hosts in a meal of local green lipped mussels, grilled steak and vegetables. Great conversation over great home cooked food. These were real Kiwis who loved the B&B business.
We were housed next to 8 senior male Aussies (one was 87) who were on their annual pilgrimage to catch trout. Fisherman rise early so they go to bed early and sleep soundly ... we didn't even know they were in the adjoining rooms. When I asked how the fishing had been that day, one replied I caught 15 (5-12 pound) trout released 14 .... one's dinner. They all said this was the greatest place for trout. For us we enjoyed the quiet, the dramatic river gorge outside our door, the fantastic stars and the interaction with the owners and other guests. If you want to catch some beautiful fish ... this is your place. Don't come if you like the nightlight .... but the starlight is magnificent.