May 2nd, 2018
For those who want it all: trophy fish, well-rested wilderness waters, top-shelf guides, fine cuisine and creature comforts interspersed with rustic overnights in the bush, look no further. Poronui Outback is a unique new wilderness fishing program designed by Fly Water Travel and delivered by the incredibly talented crew at the acclaimed Poronui; the North Island lodge that continues to set the bar against which all others are measured.
Tailor made for groups of two to four anglers, this program is based out of Poronui’s deluxe wall-tent camp on the Mohaka River. Nights spent here include quality beds, fine cotton sheets, hot showers, flush toilets and the same incredible wine and cuisine enjoyed by guests at the main lodge. The tentative weekly schedule starts with a day warming up on Poronui’s renowned home waters. Next, guests will chopper out to a remote and very well-rested fishery for three days of wilderness fishing and two nights of “roughing it” in either wilderness huts or basic camping tents. Guests will then return to the comforts of the Mohaka Camp for one day of 4×4-assisted fishing and an additional day of wilderness helicopter fly-out fishing. For those that want access to some of New Zealand’s most remote and least-visited wilderness fisheries and who relish in the rustic charm of campfires, wall tents and backcountry huts, this is the pinnacle experience.
The keystone of Poronui Outback’s fishing program is Paul McDonald, one of New Zealand’s top guides and a wonderful all-around individual. While eternally a Kiwi, Paul now lives in and guides out of our hometown of Ashland, Oregon during Poronui’s off season. Through our ongoing relationship with Paul, and multiple visits to Poronui, we have witnessed his abilities as a top-level guide and come to fully understand the remarkable depth of Poronui’s fishing resources. Guests have easy access to more than 15 non-fly out beats and an additional 85 beats spread between 15 fly-out streams. With such a wide array of options, their beats are typically rested for 5-10 days between parties. As a result, guests at Poronui typically achieve some of the highest catch rates in New Zealand with an average of 75% of their catch comprised of rainbows and 25% made up of browns.
The Safari Camp
Located on the banks of the Mohaka River, the safari camp is far from roughing it. Complete with multiple safari-style tents, guests dine under the stars, drink cocktails by the campfire and fall asleep to the sound of the cascading river. This is as close to roughing it as it gets. Poronui provides a unique opportunity to enjoy splendid backcountry isolation while not forgoing creature comforts like crisp cotton sheets, hot running water, flush toilets, gourmet food and fine wine.
Day 1: Arrive Poronui
Day 2: Fish Poronui’s home water and overnight at Safari Camp
Day 3-4: Heli into backcountry, fish wilderness stream, camp in backcountry
Day 5: Fish wilderness stream, heli back to Safari Camp
Day 6: Fish Poronui’s home water and overnight at Safari Camp
Day 7: Heli day trip into wilderness stream and overnight at Safari Camp
Day 8: Depart
2018 Rate: $6,800 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: 7 nights accommodation in Safari Camp and back country camping, all meals, house wine and beer, all camping gear, 6 days guided fishing, 2 mid-range helicopter fights.
Not Included: Transportation to and from the lodge, premium alcoholic beverages, additional fly-outs, long range flights, gratuities.
For more information on this destination, give us a call at 800-552-2729