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River Birches

Turangi, New Zealand


One of the best kept secrets in the central North Island, River Birches is nestled in an idyllic and peaceful garden environment alongside the Tongariro River; this luxury lodge stands in harmony with its stunning natural surrounds. River Birches offers boutique New Zealand lodge accommodation in Turangi, on the southern edge of Lake Taupo. The lodge provides quiet seclusion and understated luxury accommodation at affordable prices.


River Birches Lodge offers an exclusive, privately guided crossing in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. You will be in the safe hands of your own personal mountain guide who will take you on a journey of exploration, highlighting the very best features of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Map co-ordinates: -38.998684, 175.812371


A low-slung, cedar-clad boutique lodge with the ambience of a large, elegant, quality home, architecturally designed and built to meet the needs of discerning travellers. This is an environment where you immediately feel comfortable and at ease: a home away from home. River Birches’ guest rooms, each named after a famous fishing pool, all open to a private veranda and award-winning garden.  Guests can stroll under mature birch trees and listen to native birdsong mingling with the sounds of the river.


  • For the fisherman, the lodge is set on the banks of the famous Tongariro River-the perfect location for a fly-fishing adventure.
  • Tongariro Crossing, this iconic walk draws visitors from all over the world. Spectacular hiking through alpine forest, volcanic mountains and crater lakes is breathtaking and can be done within a day by most active people.
  • Two major ski fields located in World Heritage Tongariro National Park are within an hour’s drive from River Birches
  • Several 18-hole golf courses located close by including the famous Wairakei International Course.

At A Glimpse

Set within a peaceful garden scape beside the world-famous Tongariro River, try your hand at trout fishing in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful rivers by day, and enjoy the luxury lodges accommodation by night.

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