Guest House

Enjoy our boutique guest house on the edge of Lake Rotorua

  • 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

Local features:

  • Fly fishing - 30 yards from cottage
  • Handy to town
  • Thermal pools
  • Farm shows
  • Off-road 4x4 self drive
  • Luge and gondola

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 cottage is set privately away from the hosts home and seconds away from the lakefront and stream.

The two bedrooms, full laundry facilities, well equipped kitchen including dishwasher, full size dining table and chairs and extensive garden make it a great spot. There is good use of native timbers and modern amenities such as TV, sound system and heating. The theme of the d├ęcor is, of course, hunting and fishing. Continental breakfast is complimentary along with tea, coffee and juice.

Guests can fish in the river or the lake. To fish in the river you have to stagger 30 yards! To fish the stream mouth it is a much more strenuous 50 yard walk through the garden! Simon, the Ward's youngest son has a 13.5 lb Brown trout caught in the stream.

The guest house is ideally situated for exploring the Rotorua area, whether one is a fisherman, golfer, gardner or general tourist. It is handy to Rotorua, but far enough away as to avoid the sulphur smell.


What an experience! Three friends , all with a love of the outdoors, drove to Rotorua and met Dennis Ward. If ever there was a true gentleman he would be it. We were instantly made welcome as guests in park-like surrounds and great accommodation.

Dennis inquired as to our experience as fresh water anglers; one expert and two novices - bunnies would be a better description! We were instantly offered some tuition if we wanted and gear selected for us. After that an early night was the chosen option for the anticipated fun the following day.

Unfortunately the weather would not allow a 100% safe helicopter ride so Dennis postponed the fishing until the next day. Being the true gentleman Dennis took us to his local golf club and a great day was had by all.

The following morning we boarded a helicopter and were flown into a remote part of the North Island. The scenery was staggering. We descended into an idyllic spot in a gorge beside a tranquil steam. One of the best days you could ever experience had just started. The plan was to fish our way up the stream and be picked up later that afternoon. The first pond we approached was an ideal spot for tuition for the bunnies. Dennis is an expert angler and excellent instructor. In no time we were able to cast flies, perhaps not experts but enough to catch the first trout within a few minutes. As we walked through the beautiful countryside we fished every pond encounted. Nearly every time a trout was caught and released. By the end of the day we had witnessed something that very few people in the world will ever get to do. Some of the most stunning scenery, heaps of fish caught (some rather large) and one of the nicest guys you will meet.

If you want to experience something very special that New Zealand has to offer contact Dennis Ward.

Ian Masefield,

Auckland, NZ

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