Maori folklore has it that when the great male mountains of the Central North Island went forth in battle, for the affections of the forest-clad maiden Mount Pihanga, Tongariro was to emerge victorious. Pihanga was his. The defeated mountains debated amongst themselves about where they should go. We should go this way and that, for Pihanga now belongs to Tongariro and we have no place here. Mount Taranaki uprooted and fled West, toward the setting sun, carving his way through the rugged Central North Island landscape. The trail he left, filled with water and is known today as the "Whanganui River".

Experience the natural beauty of New Zealand's longest navigatable river as the journey begins through native valleys from the origin upon Mount Tongariro.

Kelvin - Fishing Guide.

Looking out into Whanganui River Valley.

With private access to the headwaters of the Whanganui River we can offer the outback angler fishing to waters previously accessible by foot only. In being so remote, it is not uncommon to have several kilometres without a fellow angler in sight.

One of the many fishing holes
Weathered Lava Rocks - a prominent feature along the river

With up to 20 Kilometers bordering on private family land, we have extensive knowledge of the river and its surrounding area.

Varying from large boulder rapids to deep slow moving pools, holding both rainbow and brown trout. For the experienced or novice angler, the fighting spirit of these mountain trout is considered second to none.

Kelvin down river from cabin

All fishing trips are fully catered. Meals, transport, riverside accommodation and guides. A limited number of fishing trips are done per year, to ensure a successful and memorable experience.

2 to 4 day trips available from 1 October to 30 June, yearly.

Our cabin, unique in character and design is the only riverside cabin on the head waters of the Whanganui River. In addition to the main cabin, there is also a seperate sleepout unit with private ensuite. (See Wilderness Cabin Stays)

Another river shot
1700 feet above sea level: Note the white sea shells embedded into the papa rock

Transport is by way of 4x4 Suzuki Jeeps. This 15km trail, taking around 90 minutes travels through old forested logging tracks and trams of the pioneer days.

Family groups are most welcome. We guarantee that the trip by Suzuki Jeep, will not be forgotten in a hurry.

The young fella with a New Year trout.
My son Telly with a good rainbow and Michael Sullivan who came all the way from the UK to catch his first trout at Go Bush.

Another fine catch

After a day's fishing and a hot shower, relax by the outside fire and enjoy a home-cooked meal in a picture postcard setting.

All fishing, Catch and Release.


*** Kiwi Deals ***

These tours are designed and priced for the experienced kiwi fisherman, where you provide your own food, fishing rod and tackle. A driver/guide will accompany all tours and is available as a river guide if required. We supply transport to and from the cabin (for 3 or more people. You may be required to drive a Quad or Suzuki jeep.) Cabin has all cookware, cuttlery and bedding. Limited dates, 2 - 4 people, bookings essential.

Up River Camp Outs

From our main cabin, spend the day fishing several kilometers up river. On arriving at a small riverside clearing, your guide will have packed in all camping equipment, via pack horse, and have a comfortable tent camp site set up for the night.

Enjoy a cold beer or a bottle of wine and relax in a true wilderness environment. The next morning, fish at your leisure, while the guide breaks camp, then enjoy a 45 minute horse ride back to the main cabin. Horses, tents, bedding, cuttlery and cookware provided.

At present this trip is limited to 2 fishermen/people.