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“Magnificant”
Review of Tarata Fishaway

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Tarata Fishaway
Ranked #1 of 2 Taihape B&B and Inns
nelson
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“Magnificant”
Reviewed 9 December 2015

My husband and I recently spent a weekend at Tarata with our son and his partner. The whole experience was great right from the get go. Trudy and Steve were amazing hosts and the treehouse accommodation was perfect. The fridge was stocked with breakfast supplies from juice through to yoghurt, cereals and fresh fruit, all at no extra cost. If you are wanting to see some of NZ's most scenic country then I recommend doing a scenic raft ride with Steve. He is a real character and had us laughing for 3 hours relaying stories about life on the river. His knowledge of the area is amazing and it is clear that he loves what he does. The men had a great afternoon trout fishing and Steve knew exactly where the trout hung out. The place is incredible and there is nothing that this couple wont do to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Its a real winner!

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  • Stayed November 2015, travelled with family
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this review, 15 March 2016
Thank you for the praise. Its easy to do what we do and share with visitors like you.
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Kaikoura, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

Outstanding weekend, Tarata is a beautiful gem that will always hold warm memories for us. Can't wait to return and share the heaven again. Awesome hosts (thank you Trudi and Steve), fantastic location and incredible accommodation!! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this review, 3 September 2015
Thanks Linda, Hopefully you can come back this Summer and have your day on the River Fishing.
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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

This one of those hidden gems in the North Island if New Zealand. Stunning scenery from a cosy retreat with a lot of detail and care put in it (turntable with a lot if oldies rock classics included!!) The experience of enjoying the private hot tub outdoors in the middle of the nature was quite unique. Very friendly owners as well. Worths the money and the time to reach it.

Stayed July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this review, 3 September 2015
Thank you. Its great that the old records are still getting some use. Look forward to your next visit.
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

From the perspective of a keen (read fanatical) fly angler Tarata is heaven on earth. Not only is the accommodation very comfortable and well appointed, but to have a world class trout fishery a stones-throw from the jacuzzi is almost too much! I highly recommend an accommodation and guided fishing package and even if you arent an angler Tarata sums up New Zealand for me; friendly, quirky people, magnificent scenery and a wonderful environment for people intererested in the outdoors and adventure.

  • Stayed November 2014, travelled with friends
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this review, 3 September 2015
Thank you very much for your great review. Looking like a great season. Roll on summer. Hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 24 August 2015

Tarata is in the middle of no place in a sparsely inhabited part of North Island - part of its charm. On the recommendation of our travel guide, Veronica, the wonderful owner of Aroha Luxury NZ Tours, we stayed for two nights on our two week North Island tour at Tarata. Veronica had made sure that we knew that this was not going to be the 5* accommodations we used to but assured us that we would love it none the less.

She was so right. It was one of the highlights of our two weeks on North Island. Well off the beaten path. My wife, stepson and I stayed in the Tree House accommodation. Because it was winter we had it all to our selves with spectacular river and canyon views, a spa pool to chill in at days end, and the milky way to view at night.

Trudi and Steve are the very best of NZ both as people and as hosts. We were treated as personal friends and welcomed into their home for dinners and conversation at day's end. Trudi is as warm as they come. Steve is a story teller of 1st order. River, the resident canine is a friend to all.

The three of us took the 14 km raft trip down the river with Steve as our guide. A remarkable and special experience. We did the clay shooting thing but Steve also took us on a night possum hunting trip - a first for all of us. He also took the time to take us to the "shed" for some real life (vs tourist demonstration) time at sheep shearing, giving Stephen, my stepson, some actual shearing time.

Did I mention the tranquility. Did I mention the warmth. Did I mention that the next time we are on North Island (one of earth's VERY special places) we will make sure a couple of days are spent with Trudi and Steve at Tarata.

And special thanks to Veronika for convincing us to stay at this very special place. This was the second trip we've done with her. Two weeks on South Island in 2013 and two weeks this year on North Island. Aroha is the best and Veronika, as the owner, is the best of the best.

Stayed August 2015, travelled with family
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this review, 27 August 2015
So Glad you had a lovely time. We loved having you. We really enjoyed the picnic down by the River after your rafting trip. Thanks for a great review. Look forward to your return. :)
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Property: Tarata Fishaway
Address: 925 Mokai Road | RD 3, Taihape 4793, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Rangitikei District > Taihape
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Taihape
Price range (per night): $250 - $251
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a Fishing/Farm lodge in the remote Mokai Valley right on the Rangitikei River. Trout fishing right at your door step. Gorgeous accommodation and amazing scenery. Very quiet and private with own spa pool and the trout fishing is amazing. Enjoy a scenic raft trip or just enjoy the stunning scenery. ... more   less 

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