River Birches Lodge is located just metres from the world-renowned Tongariro River. A short walk away, one of the river’s most famous pools – the Major Jones – awaits the early morning angler. Pools fished by Zane Grey and the Duke and Duchess of York are accessible by walking tracks, or a short drive. River Birches’ guides can lead you to the best spots. We will organize a fishing guide to suit your preferred type of fishing, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler. We encourage catch and release, however, if a guest wishes to keep a fish, we’ll happily arrange for it to be smoked, or professionally cooked as part of the dining experience.