Welcome to Rotorua Trout Safaris Ltd

We offer exceptional trout fishing experiences in the Rotorua area to the more untouched and remote rivers and streams of the Central North Island.

We invite you to experience the best fly fishing Rotorua and this magnificent country have to offer with one of New Zealand's most respected and experienced trout fishing guides. Rotorua has twice been home to the World Fly Fishing Championships. A true endorsement of our area.


Your Guide

You will be in the best of hands with Simon Robertson, one of New Zealand’s most respected and skilled fly fishing guides with over forty years’ trout fishing experience in the Central North Island. Simon is the preferred area guide for the world’s two leading specialist fishing agents, a long standing member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides’ Assn and a director of New Zealand Field and Stream Ltd.

Our Rivers

The waters that we fish hold wild Rainbows and Browns and they give an excellent account of themselves. There are no stocked trout and no other fish species in our rivers, so enjoy some exciting sport amidst superb scenery.

Over 30 rivers in our area can be accessed by 4WD and we generally travel an hour or more out of the city, where you are unlikely to encounter any other anglers. Our day normally gets under way at 8.30am and we will have you home by around 6pm.

Our Tackle and Equipment

We pride ourselves in having the best tackle room in New Zealand and can outfit all sizes from small ladies to XXXOS in Simms Gortex waders, and Simms boots size 5 through to 15. For ladies, we have Simms Ladies cut waders and lightweight boots. Simms wading staffs are also on hand in a range of lengths. We carry exclusively Sage premium rods, SLT, XP, ZXL, Z Axis and Sage One, spooled with Rio and Scientific Anglers lines. We offer a choice of Sage, Scientific Anglers and Hardy’s reels.

Transport and Catering

We operate two four wheel drives. A new Mercedes ML for helicopter access and lighter work and a Toyota Landcruiser for the more serious off road adventures. We always have on hand a first aid kit, sunblock, insect repellent, Polarised glasses, Simms rain jackets and a change of clothes, so you will never be caught out. We carry a full ice box of refreshments including water, soft drinks, beer and wine, and an excellent lodge prepared riverside lunch. We want to make your Rotorua river fishing experience something to remember.

Heli Fishing

We have excellent relations with helicopter operators in our area and can offer competitive rates for those who wish to explore the very remote areas. A fifteen minute helicopter ride will get you to areas that can take three days to cover on foot through rugged terrain. The most cost effective heli option involves a drive to the edge of the forest where there is a convenient heli port. A more expensive, but time efficient option for those staying with us, and on a tight schedule, is to depart from our Lodge.


​Full day guided river fishing / Four Wheel Drive

One angler $NZ825
Two anglers $NZ450  per person
Three anglers $NZ320  per person

Fishing licences additional $NZ20 per person per day

Full day guided helicopter fishing

$NZ1550 per day in addition to the above guide fee for up to two anglers.

Rates include NZ Goods and Services tax of 15%, SIMMS & SAGE tackle as outlined above, and an excellent LODGE PREPARED RIVERSIDE LUNCH and REFRESHMENTS. Our day gets underway at 8.30am and home by 6pm.

Make a Reservation


For those looking for luxury accommodation to complement the fishing package, consider staying with us at Wildwood Lodge. For fishing guests staying at the lodge, an on site helipad provides wonderful access to the wilderness waters with minimal time loss. Enquire about our packages and expect a prompt reply. The only thing we can’t arrange is the weather.