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.


"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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