IMG_0205Why is Tongariro River Motel the best place to stay?

TRM’s latest Guests responses:

19 August

Hi Ross and Pip,

image001it’s been well over a week since I left TRM to return to my home in the “West Island” and I’m feeling “it”, you know the one – that wish I was still there feeling!…..

Every day I go to work, turn on my PC and what’s the first thing I do? Check the TRM website of course – and I have to say that at times it does make me “wishful” for lack of a better word!  This was my second trip to TRM and I must confess, I am secretly counting down the days planning my next return and with tongue in cheek I hope you will take my application for membership to the TRM inmate circle into favorable consideration upon my next visit!!!

IMG_1265I just wanted to say thanks for your welcoming, open and tireless embrace into the TRM family and for the cabin which you allocated me, it was unpretentious and very comfortable but more importantly I never felt that I was not at “home”.

It offered the perfect blend of position and ambiance for a fly fisherman looking to spend some quality time on the Tongariro River or any of the other nearby rivers or for that matter just going into town for a quick purchase.

image002As for the fishing it was remarkable! Being acutely aware of the limited time I had to spend at TRM did put unnecessary pressure on my fishing abilities and as you are well aware I did have a few issues at the start. I am in no doubt that this was/is due to my lack of experience with bombs and bigger fish and needless to say not wearing my lucky TRM cap, this fact alone cost me several lost fish 😉

Your advice certainly saved the day and as for you showing me around the various Tongariro River pools as well as your sneaky little secret spot – what more could I have asked for?

image005You know it’s quite amazing, if I manage catch a 14 incher in my regular creek here at home (no bigger, on a good day, than the bypass at Island pool) it’s considered a trophy and normally fish this creek with a 2 weight. Moving up the scale to a 7/8 weight has its own conglomerate of new issues to overcome least of all having to dodge a hook laden tungsten “Bomb” making its way with laser guidance straight to the back of my head.

This of course all translates to an overwhelming desire to return to TRM on a regular basis just to hone my skills you understand! And as far as I am concerned one must never relinquish the opportunity to improve one’s skills and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and the enthusiastic people at TRM!

image003So once again my thanks to both you and Pip and your staff for an open, welcoming, educational and enjoyable week spent at TRM and I look forward to seeing you both soon!

PS…Pip, I hope that I did not take Ross away from his never ending laundry duties for too long whilst he took me under his wing! If I did please forgive me, I will make a point of not distracting him from his duties on my next visit.


“Shocking fishing”


Reviewed 29 July    5/5 stars *****

I couldn’t catch a fish for love or money, but it didn’t matter as the owners more than made up for my shocking angling skills.  The rooms are so comfortable you could be in your own home.  TRM ticks all the boxes.

Stayed June 2015, travelled as a couple.  From Sydney.

4 of 5 stars

I’ve been staying here for many years and keep coming back. Sure, the units are old and have seen better days, but at a place like Turangi you don’t come for luxury.

IMG_6063 (1)This motel caters for anglers who come to fish for rainbow and brown trout in the Tongaririo River, but they still get overnighters and others who come to enjoy the tourist attractions in the general area. The furnishings are plain and simple, but everything is kept spotlessly clean. The beds are comfortable plus there are kitchens with full sized stoves, refrigerators, plus satellite TV, free wifi, bicycles for hire (free to guests),and heaters and/or fans depending on the season. For anglers there are rod hooks, hooks for waders, a fish cleaning area, and even a large smoker to smoke your catch.

For non-anglers there are bike trails, river walks, national park walks, thermal pools in nearby Tokaanu, raft trips, snow skiing 30 minutes drive away.

Plates14Whilst the motel is retro chic, the service is anything but retro. Ross and Pip go out of there way to ensure guests comfort and to help them with any activities. My overall rating is 4 stars but this is 5 star accommodation for service, comfort and friendliness.

Room Tip: You can book directly with them by telephone and email
Stayed June for 13 days.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Plates09I had an entertaining enjoyable stay .ross & pip are very helpful & friendly .as a rep who spends a lot of time on the road it’s nice to check in to a well appointed warm room at the end of the day. Round the table with fishos and others is always entertaining if you get the chance to join in

  • Stayed May 2015, travelled on business
Reviewed 1 week ago


Plates12I have stayed at the TRM around 4 times over the last year and a bit. My visits were for one very important reason, being close to trout fishing in one of the world’s best trout fisheries.
The TRM’s units hark back a good few years but they are very comfortable and well kept, with everything you need for your stay.
On top of the close proximity to the fishing, Ross the host has an enormous pool of knowledge about the fishery which is invaluable to us anglers.

 Reviewed 2 weeks ago


The owners of Tongariro River Motel, Ross and Pip, are sensational hosts. Welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and incredibly friendly. Ross knows the Tongariro and surrounding waters like the back of his hand … offers great advice and tips and is always extremely interested in “fishy” stories. The motel units are homely and very comfortable making for an enjoyable stay. Highly recommended.

IMG_7056Stayed May 2015, travelled solo

“Clean, friendly and close to the river”We enjoyed our stay despite the weather. The motel was a bit dated but neat and clean and just as described on the website.  Ross was very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay.  Close to the Tongariro for fishing and walking.

Would definitely recommend.
Reviewed 21 April
Stayed April 2015, travelled with family“Our stay was a last minute decision and we were glad to find TRM.”
Friendly, helpful and enjoyable. My husband and I enjoyed our stay in the unit. It was clean and comfortable and more room than we needed but it was really lovely.TRM was close to the Turangi township and even though the main road was close our unit was nice and quiet. We would definitely stay here again.
Reviewed 19 April  Stayed April 2015, travelled as a coupleIMG_2611
“Delightful stay in a fishing lodge”
5 of 5 stars
We spent 2 nights here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The gardens at the motel are very pretty. The laundry was available at no charge. The staff are very helpful and friendly. There are delightful walks along the Tongariro River and we saw an angler with a 4 lb trout – neat!
Reviewed 17 April  Stayed March 2015, travelled as a couple
“Perfect Fishing Base”
5 of 5 stars
We have just returned from three fantastic weeks fishing around Taupo where we used TRM as our base. Ross and Pip and Pumpkin are fantastic hosts and made every effort in ensuring our stay was as comfortable as possible. Ross has a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to advice on fishing the local river, Tongariro. anybody looking to base themselves in this area should look no further.
Dave and Darren
Stayed March 2015,
“Friendly service, great location – would stay again”
4 of 5 stars
AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp8TRM 22This friendly motel is located just a short drive or easy walk to the beautiful Tongariro River. Also near the town centre.
The studio room was more than that, with separate kitchen area and bathroom/toilet. The room was comfortable, very clean, and well kept. limited wifi, but sufficient for what we needed it for.
Our hosts were friendly and enjoyed a chat. Little Pumpkin the boxer is just gorgeous.We recommend dinner at the tavern – delicious food, friendly service, and good live band playing. 

“Perfect for fishing or skiing”
5 of 5 stars

TRM Aerial imageThis ‘cheap and cheerful’ motel offers clean and comfortable accommodation within easy walking distance of excellent fishing pools in the Tongaririo River and lovely walks and cycle ways. It is also within easy walking of the town centre. The units have well equipped kitchenettes and heat pumps for good heating and cooling and is very quiet despite being not far from the main road. The decor is a bit dated but still very comfortable. The motel managers (Ross and Pip) are friendly and helpful and they have a wonderful dog (Pumpkin) who will happily go for a walk with anyone that wants canine company. We have stayed numerous times and never been disappointed.
It’s not 5 star in terms of the type and style of accommodation but is every bit of 5 star if you are looking at convenience, comfort and affordability.

After travelling for 34 hours I am now back in Calgary, Alberta. It is quite warm here today – 0 oC with blue sky.  Earlier today I took my TRM hat outside to the deck to start an acclimation period. It is now back inside my the fireplace after it referred to something that ended with “……. brass monkey”.

Ross, thank you so much for being such a fantastic host during my stay. I very much appreciated the opportunity to chat with you, the use of the inflatable and the waders and bikes, and of course the ability to sit down and bullshit with you, arr I mean, converse on very important socio-economic-political topics of the day….
Please extend my best to Jim, Brent, and Terry, pumpkin also.

Hope to see you in few years time.

Cheers for now,


6 April
Raewyn, Michele, Barney (the Cocker Spaniel) and myself all enjoyed our stay at the TRM and will certainly book with you again if we get the opportunity to spend some more time in and around the Turangi area.
Kind regards to you both.

Following is the description from THE ROUGH GUIDE to New Zealand:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Homely comfortable motel that is hugely popular with anglers partly for its rod racks and smoker, but mainly because of its “manager”, a lovable boxer named Boof.  The friendly owner runs a lively website on everything to do with Turangi and trout fishing in particular.”

(Note: TRM is their ‘chosen preferred selected’ Turangi accommodation confirmed by the “star” rating)

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Eleven relaxed comfy fully-self-contained units with every facility – full size ovens, microwaves, fridges, covered parking, 50 sky TV channels, full range of fishing guide maps & books & info & facilities include free smoker, bikes, updated Tongariro Alpine Crossing forecasts, even rod racks…

Special room rates for anglers, trampers, bikers, tourists wanting longer term occupancy.

TRM is the original anglers’ motel in Turangi catering primarily for fly fishermen offering the BEST VALUE AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATION on the Tongariro River.