Rainbow’s Return is Geoff’s personal lodge on the shores of beautiful Lake Tarawera. At one with Nature, the private grounds are set among native trees and rich in wildlife; the perfect place to recharge your soul. He has spent 60 years fishing the lake and says : This is my place, and I love sharing it with others who appreciate the magic that is the mountain and the lake.
“Let the red-tipped dawn come with sharpened air, a touch of frost and the promise of a glorious day”
– Maori proverb.
Dawn is a favourite time for fishing on Lake Tarawera. As the sun peeps over the rim of the mountain of the same name, the lake comes alive with rising trout. The fly fisherman casts with renewed vigour, willing the rainbow trout to accept his offering with the telltale tug which sets the heart racing.
In the boat the trolling and harling lines are paid out, and the first scalding coffee of the day is like nectar, until the rod arcs and the reel sings its strident song. The coffee, which moments before promised so much, is instantly forgotten.
This is trout fishing on Tarawera, a lake of history and character, of mystery and large trout. In a country famous among international trout anglers, Tarawera stands out as one of the premier fishing locations. The trout are all rainbow trout, fast growing, and fat as footballs. They fight like salmon, and come from the fish smoker in dripping slabs.
Built from rare timber and South Island schist stone, the lodge has well appointed luxury bedrooms. The water comes from a cold mountain spring and the tap water is the best drinking water in the world. The Lagoon area where the lodge is situated is a small eco-system protected from the main lake, with its own unique birdlife and sheltered backwaters ideal for kayaking and boating. In winter (May to August) large wild rainbow trout spawn in the stream by the house. You can feed quail on the deck, and hand-feed swans and other birds on the jetty in front of the lodge.