Can you imagine beautiful native bush, crystal clear lakes, rivers and streams, with abundant, large trout so plentiful you could take it for granted? Well, it's all here and in just a few miles radius of Rotorua.


FishingLocal Rotorua streams produce tremendous numbers of trout. To spend a while in this fishing paradise can make a person almost completely forget the world they came from. You come as an alien and you go leaving a part of yourself behind - desiring to return again and again - many do. Read More »

Guest House

The Ward's Guest House is situated in two acres of garden bordered on one side by the famous Ngongotaha Stream and fronting onto Lake Rotorua. Of brick construction this near new cottage is set privately away from the hosts home and seconds away from the lakefront and stream.
  • Lakefront position
  • Private fishing - Ngongataha River
  • Large established garden
  • Privacy (seclusion)
  • Out of the Sulphur Zone
  • Experienced fishing guide on site
  • Email / computer available in hosts home
  • Family pets on site
  • Continental breakfast
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"I've fished in New Zealand nine years in a row, usually for five or six weeks in January and February, and I always conclude my trip with six or seven days at Dennis Ward's. I conclude with Dennis because I know that my stay with him will be delightful and that I'll have some superb fishing, a fitting climax to my trip.

His guest house is elegant and comfortable, sited on his lovely lakeside property. There is quiet and privacy there, and separation from New Zealand's tourist crowds, but the bustling small city of Rotorua is actually only a few miles away and offers many good restaurants and stores and a range of interesting activities.

But I go there mainly because of the fishing, the best sort of fly fishing I know. Dennis or his son Simon can take you to a multitude of rivers and creeks, most of them out of a fly fisher's dreams. My favourites are the small mountain streams, some no wider than a two-lane road. Most hold both rainbows and browns averaging four or five pounds with plenty of seven to nine pound trout mixed in. I use an 8 1/2 foot 5 weight rod. The fishing on dry or nymph or both combined is challenging and beautiful, and Dennis is a wonderful guide and companion.

My only objection to New Zealand trout fishing in general and trout fishing with Dennis in particular is that it's spoiled trout fishing anywhere else in the world for me."

Dr Chauncey Loomis

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