Tarata Fishaway Lodge, 925 Mokai Road RD3 Taihape #1256: From $220.00 per night

Tarata Fishaway Lodge, 925 Mokai Road RD3 Taihape #1256: From $220.00 per night

In addition to the breath taking views, Tarata Fishaway Lodge has lots of things to keep you entertained including farm pets, river swimming, scenic rafting, spa pools, Clay bird shooting, ‘magic carpet’ rides, farm tours, spot light safaris and unique trout fishing right at our doorstep.

Stephen & Mikayla offer guided fishing and rafting trips for all ages.

There is something special for the whole family.

Whether it is by the River on a hot summers day with a book or taking one of the wonderful walks in the valley, there is something special for the whole family and we are just up the valley from Mokai Gravity Canyon Bungy.

We will even deliver a candle light dinner to your door if you prefer.

We think Tarata is truly a magic place and we would love sharing it with you.

Courtyard Unit - DOG FRIENDLY

Paws for a moment & take a break!

Our new Dog Friendly Unit is ready and waiting for your loved Dog to come and stay and bring their owners for a special break away. This unit has a king bed and a single in one room. The other room has a kitchenette (toaster, jug, microwave), couch and a TV where your furry friends can also come inside and enjoy.
This unit also has a spectacular view with its own decking with a BBQ and bathroom. It has a fully fenced courtyard with a dog kennel. There is a spa pool on the river’s edge for you to enjoy.

Bring your dog Rafting

For your thrill seeking dog why not try a Rafting adventure.
We are offering a Scenic Raft trip with a picnic lunch which is completely dog friendly and a great experience for all.
Dog life jacket can be provided (depending on size). 
There are many places to walk your dog around the property. We do ask that your dog is kept on a lead as we also have dogs but is more than welcome to be let of for a run and a swim down at the river. 
Our campout raft trips are also dog friendly.

Other ACCOMMODATION options:

River Retreat

The River Retreat is complete with an air-bath with a romantic view of the Rangitikei River, Lounge, Kitchen, Bathroom, second bedroom with king/twin bed, laundry facilities, bbq and a private decking with a spa pool to relax and enjoy the magnificent million dollar views of the Rangitikei River and surroundings. This is peace and tranquillity at its best. The River Retreat is perfect for your honeymoon or that special occasion. Complete with roses and candles and we can deliver a candle light dinner. 

Tarata’s Tree House

Our Tree House has amazing views of the Rangitikei River complete with waterfall. The Treehouse can be booked in three different Units or as a whole. Enjoy a spa on the edge and see the Rangitikei in the moonlight.

Perfect for a larger group easily sleeping 10 with a fold out bed for extras and a portacot. Laundry facilities.

Tarata Fishaway Lodge Price List

Our prices include a continental breakfast.

$120-$250.00 double per night depending on your choice of accommodation.

River Retreat

Fully self contained

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, spa bath and spa pool,

Perfect for a Romantic Honeymoon

$280 - $300  double per night.

$250 Single

$350 per night (3-4 guests)

Guided Fishing/Rafting

Guided Raft/Fishing

$680 1 angler

$840 2 anglers - share guide, share price

Multi Day Rafting & Fishing camp out

$680 1 angler per day

$840 per day for 2 anglers per day

Plus accommodation and meals (same as if you are staying at Tarata)

We Provide all Camping provisions.

Licences and flies available from Tarata Fishaway.

$1000 to $1800 Helicopter  extra depending on destination

Family Campouts

1 night, 2 days on the river

Ring or email for a Quote to suit your family.

We Include all camping gear and camp tucker 

Scenic Rafting/Mini Rafting


per person, picnic lunch included.

$80 Children under 12 yrs

(min. trip $340.00)

Tree House

Fully self contained, Beautiful private spa pool overlooking the Rangitikei River

$220 to $270 Double per night

$340 to $340 for 3-4 people 

$800.00 for up to 12 people

$40.00 Children under 12 yrs 

Babies under 4 yrs - Free

Cot available 


$60 p/p 3 course evening meals

$25.00 p/p Lunch

$25 p/p Cooked breakfast

(Bacon and eggs)

Children under 12 years are half price.

Airport Shuttle (return)

$360 Palmerston North Airport

1 to 4 passengers, share price


Mini Rafting

Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Rafting through gentlegrade 1 & 2 rapids - Feels like grade 3 in the Mini Rafts. With  crystal clear waters, vertical gorges and unbelievable scenery of the Rangitikei River.

Rafting under the Bungy bridge visit a secret waterfall.

Stop for Picnic lunch and swim and go through scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings.

Our trips are on different sections of river depending on River Conditions and times.

Scenic Trip through Lord of the Rings Scene - 3-4 hours

Wet and Wild, a great trip with lots of waves and splashes - 2-3

Suitable for all ages, we supply all safety gear needed and will cater for all abilities

Scenic Rafting Tour

Departing from Tarata, rafting through gentle rapids, crystal clear waters, vertical gorges and unbelievable scenery of the Rangitikei River. Rafting under the Bungy bridge visit a secret waterfall. Stop for Picnic lunch and swim. Float quietly through Middle Earth, scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings. The Video says it all. Suitable for all ages.

Family Camp Out

Departing from Tarata, rafting through gentle rapids and the crystal clear waters of the Rangitikei River.

Your adventure will take you under the Bungy bridge, Fancy a jump?

Secret waterfalls and unbelievable scenery.

Float quietly through Middle Earth, scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings.

Stop for lots of swims and a picnic lunch.

Rafting Camp-outs

Raft to your camp site.

All camping gear and bush tucker provided.

Farm Fun

Lots for the whole family to enjoy. We are always looking for help to collect the eggs, feed the chickens, pigs, deer, goats,dogs & puppies, rabbit,  possums, sheep and turtles. Plus any extras especially in spring when we are bottle feeding the orphan lambs.

Farm adventures

4 Wheel Drive Tour

Spot light safari

Bush walks

Farm pets

Clay bird shooting

"Magic carpet" rides

Other Activities close by that we can arrange

Horse Trekking

Game Hunting

Tongariro Crossing

Farm Tours

Mt Ruapehu



Stephen and Trudi Mattock

925 Mokai Road


Taihape, New Zealand

Tel 06388 0354

Mobile 027 227 4986

Mobile 027 279 7037

Email fishaway@xtra.co.nz


Turn off State Highway 1, 6kms south of Taihape at the old Mokai Gravity Canyon and Ohutu sign.

Turn left at crossroads following the Tarata signs.

We are 6km past the Mokai Bridge (the old bungy site) 925 Mokai Road. (Tarata Lodge on mail box.



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