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Fly Fishing Guides Taupo & Tongariro 

Riverstone Fly Fishing Guides

Rob Henderson

Head Guide

I began my trout fishing obsession early morning harling on Lake Rotorua with my father as a 10-year-old and then through my teens I got the fly fishing bug. Of course, as life goes there was never enough time for what’s important so in the early 2000’s I moved to Turangi and setup Riverstone Backpackers, a boutique accommodation facility for independent travelers and fishermen. I now live in Taupo with my partner and two children


I have fly fished all over NZ but during the past 10-years, I have concentrated my efforts on the Central North Island, from the Rotorua Lakes District to the Hawkes Bay, the King Country and of course the Taupo and Tongariro Regions. I have always had a passion for seeking out new waters and solitude so increasingly I am seeking to always go that little bit further than the last angler.


As most anglers understand being able to do that requires some a degree of freedom and time, what better way to achieve that than to be a fly fishing guide! From extensive international travel in my earlier years, managing an accommodation business and living in a small country in the middle of nowhere that dealing with people from outside the ‘fishbowl’ is important. It’s that needs for new experiences and ideas that fuels the way we ‘do business’ and we hope that enthusiasm shows through in your experience.

Rainbow Trout

Andrew Blake


I am a fish-a-holic and pioneered using the Internet to promote guided fly fishing through Anglers Anonymous during the early 2000’s, and then as a Charter Boat Operator in the Bay of Islands. In one of those years, the Tongariro river alone was graced with my presence on around 200 days where I learned how to Tongariro Roll Cast.


Fishing has been my passion since I was old enough to go out in the boat with my father. With the first knock on the door at 5 in the morning I would leap out of bed, fly into my clothes and run out to help get the boat ready – forgetting about breakfast and all other non-fishing essential trivialities.


After seeing my father work until he was 65, saving for his retirement and looking forward to going fishing with his family, he was diagnosed with cancer at 66 and died at 67. Having been in the ‘rat race’ for all those years this was a lesson for me that life is short so you must enjoy it while you can. Hence I went fishing. And fishing. And fishing!


Whether it is taking similar minded experienced fish-a-holics out to help them indulge their passion or whether it is taking beginners out and helping guide them on their first New Zealand fly fishing experience to their first trout, this job is fantastic!

Brown Trout

What our customers say

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“My husband and I had a great time fishing with Rob. He was kindly able to book us the night before, after our original plan changed. I had not been fly fishing before and really appreciated the time Rob took with me to teach and instruct me on the basics. He gave my husband some really great instruction as well, even though he already does know how to fly fish. My husband was able to land some huge fish and I became well practiced at landing a few myself that Rob had hooked for me. By the end of the day I actually was able to cast, hook, and land one on my own! The scenery was absolutely beautiful, and Rob provided all the gear. And we also enjoyed his company and talking with him during the day and the drive to and from our fishing spot. Thanks so much Rob!”

Britt Davis New Zealand Fishing

Britt Davis, California USA, January 2020

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“Had an awesome day with Rob guiding ‘back Country’. Really remote, rugged beauty. Quite demanding physically but well worth the effort with wild rainbows and browns caught up to 5lb although much bigger are present. Really enjoyed Rob’s company, knowledge and enthusiasm. He is also a great photographer with many memories captured on film. Highly recommend his services for a great experience.”

Steve Mason, England, December 2019

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“I was lucky enough to have a time-slot open to fish in the Tongariro region and Rob guided me for a day. He showed me where the fish were lying in each spot and, shared some of his secret locations. As I was time pressed hiring a guide with great local knowledge proved to be a sound decision. I'll certainly book him again next time I am coming through the region and would recommend the experience to others too.”

Tim Haynes New Zealand Fishing

Tim Haynes, Auckland NZ, March 2019

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“Every time I’m in NZ I will not hesitate to contact Rob for a fishing trip. He has intricate knowledge of all the best spots for fishing in the area and you will never be disappointed! From where to fish and what flies to use, Rob knows it all. He’s the man to bring you to places where few have ventured. Rob is also a very good teacher and my fly fishing skills has improved under his guidance.”

Shapy Khan New Zealand Fishing

Shapy Khan, Singapore, February 2019

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“Rob is an experienced guide that knows where to fish in the Tongariro and surrounding rivers to catch those big Rainbows we all dream about. He doesn’t take you to the normal spots unless the fish are active there. Rob is easy to get along with, he is willing to adjust plans to your every wish and I guarantee you will catch fish. Not only did my fishing skills improve but I got the opportunity to see and experience the beautiful wilderness surroundings of New Zealand Fishing”

David Vanacore

David Vanacore, Los Angeles, California USA, January 2018

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“I had an excellent when I fished with Rob in December 2016. He introduced me to the essential Kiwi fishing techniques and got me into some good fishing off the beaten track along the TongariRiverver. In some tough conditions he kept the tension high and provided me with some very helpful advice on good fishing spots for the rest of my trip all over New Zealand. It was fun fishing with him and not to forget; at the end of a tough and hot fishing day, back at the car he had some ice cold beer ready!”

Christian Thalheimer New Zealand Fishing

Christian Thaladimer, Norway, March 2017

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“My wife and I novice plus fly fishermen. Spent two days with Riverstone Fly Fishing Guides, Rob supplied all our gear plus a delicious lunch and was very patient with us casting. We anded 6 nice rainbows and lost lots of others, wonderful locations and had one fish for dinner yummy. I would highly recommend this experience for those seeking out guides who really go the extra mile in terms of catering to your needs, and providing an immersive experience with great local knowledge in beautiful New Zealand Fishing locations.”

Dave Yonders New Zealand Fishing

Dave Yonders, New York USA, April 2016

Tongariro Fly Fishing Guide Reviews

“Andrew thank you so much for your time and patience in teaching us to fly fishing in New Zealand's beautiful North Island. A 5 & 6-pound brown trout each and then 3 more rainbow trout by the end of the day! Still telling our friends how fantastic the whole experience was and how good we are at fly fishing! We'll definitely be back for more, you've got Adam hooked (he's bought a salt water fly fishing rod & reel), he's practicing in Oz on our salt water rivers to perfect his fly casting technique for our next New Zealand fly fishing trip to the Central North Island.”

New Zealand Fishing Llew Dowley

Llew & Adam Dowley, Australia, January 2016

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