About Us

About Dennis:

Golfer, hunter, scuba diver, fresh and salt water enthusiast, Dennis Ward's real love is dry fly fishing the clear waters of the Rotorua District. He enjoys stream and river guiding with fly fishing enthusiasts. Dennis also operates and all-weather boat for lake trolling on the many lakes in the Rotorua area and is devoted to the capture of the large trout of Lakes Rotoiti and Tarawera.

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.

Local 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.

Dennis provides:

  • Expert advice and local knowledge gained from 25 years fishing
  • A modern, all weather boat and vehicle fully equiped with up-to-date gear
  • All tackle and fishing licences
  • Light refreshments
  • Reasonable rates (available on request)

You provide:

  • Warm, casual clothing and a camera
  • Contact Dennis to experience it for yourself:

6 Manuariki Ave Mobile: 027 284 9889
Ngongotaha, Rotorua Phone/Fax: 07-357 4974
New Zealand email: troutwithwardie@gmail.com


"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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