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Reviewed 15 December 2015

We came here as a group of Aussie fly fishers on the recommendation of one of our club members and the experience of the rafting trip far exceeded our expectations. From the outset we were warmly and enthusiastically greeted by Steve and after Trudi arranged out licences we boarded the raft. Steve certainly knows and values this world class trout fishery on the Rangitikei River. He regularly stopped the raft and ensured each individual was given the opportunity to hook trophy fish. His patience and tuition saw each of us rewarded with photos of outstanding fish - both rainbows and browns. He was genuinely pleased to see each of us hook the fish and ensured that we carefully handled its return for the next angler - as we practice "catch & release". The scenic value of this unique piece of water exclusively accessible by rafters was only exceeded by the unforgettable fishing. All agreed that this day was the highlight of our week in the Taupo area. Sincere thanks for the great day - we will return!

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled with friends
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2016

Thank you so much for your lovely review. The season continued to be outstanding. With great weather and fishing. Look forward to your return.

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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!

Room Tip: The treehouse offers amazing views
  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled with family
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Trudi M, Owner at Tarata Fishaway, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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