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   Mako Lodge   

Mako Lodge

Te Wahapu Rd
Box 114
Russell, Northland
New Zealand  0255
Architectural Type: Bungalow
Established In:  1995
Renovated In:  1996
Phone:  +64 (0)9-403-7770
Toll Free:  0800-625-669
Fax:  +64 (0)9-403-7713
Contact:  Graeme & Jean McINTOSH
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Single Occupant Rate Is: Same as double
Double Occupant Rate Is: From NZ $140 B&B
NZ $170 Garden Studio
Additional Occupant Rate Is: B&B N/A
NZ $70 Garden Studio
Accepted Payments: Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Travellers Cheques
Deposit Amount Requested: Credit card numbers to secure booking
Minimum Stay Is: 2 nights
Check In Time Is: After 2 PM
Check Out Time Is: Before 10 AM
Cancellation Policy: Full refund of deposit / pre-payment if cancellation is within the time period stated on the booking confirmation. Otherwise, full payment required/retained unless able to re-let for full portion of cancelled booking

Mako Lodge is set in quiet seclusion on the shores of Orongo Bay on the beautiful Te Wahapu Peninsula.

We are just 3 kilometers from the car ferry and 7 kilometers from the historic Russell village in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Bed and breakfast guest amenities include your own bathroom, toilet & shower, TV, video, refrigerator, tea/coffee making, own verandah with garden and waterfront views.

Our adjacent Lodge sleeps up to 8 persons in 4 star luxury. Guests are free to amble down the path to our waterfront lawn and explore the sheltered waters of the Bay in a complimentary dinghy or kayak.

We also provide an optional sightseeing or charter fishing trip in the famous Bay of Island waters where you may catch Marlin, Tuna shark or many other local species including Yellowtail Kingfish.

Quick Facts:

  • Russell in the Bay of Islands - New Zealand. Just over three hours drive north of Auckland
  • Luxury lodge with all amenities including fully equipped kitchen, laundry & BBQ
  • Studio Unit - self-contained, suits 4 singles. TV, fridge/freezer, microwave, fry pan & BBQ
  • In-house Bed & Breakfast self-contained double suite, TV, fridge, etc.
  • Free dinghy and kayak - also runabout hire
  • Quiet waterfront seclusion with private beach
  • Native bush with over 30 species of bird life
  • Only 7 kilometers from historic Russell village
  • Optional light tackle or big game fish charter

Graeme and his wife Jean are well experienced in the hospitality business and provide a homely but professional service to clients. Lodge guests may choose to self-cater in the fully equipped Lodge or dine in the Homestead.

Your hosts' commitment to excellence is summarized by Mako Lodge and Fishing Charters' Mission Statement:

Consistently Striving To Make Our Guests' and Anglers' Experiences Exceed Their Expectations

Fishing Charters:

  • New "state of the art" 27' charter launch
  • Top quality tackle, bait & lures supplied including saltfly gear.
  • All-weather cabin, marine toilet, washroom, live bait tank
  • Never-fail sea sick tablets included (no side effects)
  • Fish filleted and iced on board
  • Smoked/vacuum-packed option
  • Optional accommodation package at Mako Lodge

Your licensed Skipper, Graeme McIntosh has over 20 years experience in Bay of Islands waters and can provide an exciting adventure in saltfly, or light tackle fishing for Yellowtail Kingfish, Groper, Snapper, Sea Trout or Trevalli - all year round, or Marlin, Tuna and Shark, January - April.

When you fish with Graeme, you are with one of the most experienced and successful light tackle fishing guides in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Saltwater Fly Fishing! Our Specialty:

Our waters abound in sea trout (kahawai) trevalli and yellowtail kingfish through the spring -autumn months where large runs of krill occur.

It is not uncommon to see several acres of pelagic fish swimming against the current, mouths wide open sifting the krill from the sea water!

Flyfishing in these or similar conditions influenced by the liberal use of chum or berley, provides an exciting experience. Sea trout and trevalli can grow up to 6-7 lbs, kingfish up to 30+lbs and mako sharks - name your size!!!

The most regularly caught are our sea trout and visiting anglers - especially those who have fished our lakes for the fresh water variety are amazed at the fighting capability of their sea- run equivalents.

Saltfly charters are charged at the same rate as "light tackle" and include morning tea, light lunch, complimentary soft drinks, all berley/chum. Most saltfly anglers prefer to use their own gear but quality rods and reels are also carried. Recommended maximum number of anglers - per charter is 2.


Comments from recent fly fishermen visiting the Bay of Islands who have fished with us include:

Paul Andrews, Johannesburg, South Africa:

"The best days saltfly fishing in my life - have fished all over the globe and this was the greatest!"

Warwick Hunt, Auckland, NZ:

"Great saltwater fly fishing! Many thanks Graeme"

Ted Simendinger, Colorado, USA:

"25 lbs kingfish, sea trout and trevalli on flyrod. Dignified excellence is a splendid thing."

Ames & Laura Luce, Anchorage, Alaska, USA:

"First sea trout on the fly. An excellent day!"

The Details

Mako Lodge

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Web Page:  Yes


Languages Spoken:  English


Types of Breakfasts:  Continental or cooked in B&B tariff - otherwise extra

Special Meals Available:  Yes


Room Types:  Suites, Luxury Rooms, Studio that is fully self contained with 4 single adult bunk beds and ensuite


Private Bathrooms:  Yes

Handicap Accessible:  No

Smoking:  Yes - but request that this be done on balconies

Consumption of Alcohol:  Yes

Children:  Yes

Pets:  Yes - by prior arrangement


Amenities/Features:  BBQ, Kitchen, TV, Phone, Sundeck, Garden


Nearby Activities:  Bicycling, Hiking, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Surfing, Sea Kayaking, Whale/Sea Life Watching, Bird Watching, Parasailing, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Historical Places


Suitable For:  Pleasure, Relaxation, Family, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, Romance, Cultural Experience


Near To:  Beach, Ocean, Wine Country, Orchards, Hot Springs, Forests, Countryside


Sunrises:  Yes
Wildlife:  Yes
Open:  All Year


Additional Comments:  An ideal location for guests who want absolute privacy and quiet at night - yet only 7 minutes from civilization and perhaps interested in saltwater angling or boating excursions

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