Poronui’s unique combination of world-class wilderness fishing, elegant accommodations, gourmet food and wine, varied non-angling activities and modern conveniences has earned them a devout and loyal following from around the world.
Located near the center of the North Island, east of Lake Taupo, Poronui's 6,000 acres are recognized as some of the finest and most productive trout and game habitat in the country, if not the world. Anglers visiting the ranch can expect to fish new water every day. In addition to their nearly 25 miles of private water, Porouni has special access to vast tracts of Maori owned land as well as a limitless supply of remote public water. Much of the access is gained via modern off-road vehicles or helicopter fly-outs. For adventuresome anglers, float trips with the option to overnight at remote stream side camps are a must.
Accommodations are simple yet elegant, with guest cabins offering modern conveniences such as high-speed, wireless internet access. Exceptional local cuisine is complemented by one of New Zealand’s finest wine cellars featuring over 10,000 bottles of award-winning local and international wines.
For non-anglers Poronui offers an exceptional equestrian program, modern mountain bikes, gym and health club facilities, billiards, sporting clays and a luxurious safari-style tent camp located a day’s horse ride from the lodge.
New Zealand is a long way away but the good news is that jet lag isn’t a big issue. The reason being that it is four hours earlier the next day. Do whatever you can to get some sleep on the plane and continue on with your travels. You will be tired but for the most part your schedule hasn’t changed all that much. Remember that when you return home, you will typically arrive home on the same day that you left New Zealand.
When coming into the country be forewarned that New Zealand is very concerned with invasive pests and plants entering the country. When you go through customs, you will be asked whether you have any camping gear, wading gear, fly tying materials, food etc. Be sure to clean and dry all wading gear, hiking boots, ground cloths, tent floors and the likes. Do not attempt to bring in any natural fly tying materials; grain or seed based foods, or meats such as jerky or salami. If the inspectors are not pleased with the condition of your personal items, they will take them and fumigate them while you wait. This generally takes about 15-30 minutes. Courtesy transfers are provided from Taupo Airport. Private vehicles not permitted at the lodge.
A valid passport is required.
Poronui Accommodations and Meals:
The lodge at Poronui has evolved from what was once only a very basic, remote fishing camp. Today it is one of the world's finest fishing holiday destinations and host to the most discerning international anglers and visitors. From the main lodge itself, you can watch the Taharua flow through the valley and have a great view of the evening hatch. A huge log fire, the finest books and company to inspire you and the comfort of a big chair and glass of New Zealand's finest wine is a typically relaxing Poronui evening. The lodge is equipped with a modern drying room and laundry facilities. A well-equipped fly tying bench and library of books and journals will fill your mind with possibilities and keep you entertained. There are also excellent storage facilities for rods and all other equipment.
The lodge is famed for its hearty gourmet food and wonderful cellar of fine New Zealand wines. It is here that you will find a roast dinner like no other. You may also discover that a picnic lunch, on the river's edge, in the middle of nowhere, is the best meal you've ever had.
November – December:
This is considered the early season but it is truly one of our favorite times to fish down under. While water can be high and the weather can be a bit unsettled, the fish are typically far less spooky than later in the year. Pressure is low, as the Kiwis have not yet started their holiday and Western angler traffic is still minimal. Nymphing is the predominant technique, catch rates are high and the wildflowers are at their best.
January – February:
This is without question the most popular time to visit New Zealand. The weather is at its best, water levels are typically stable and the dry fly fishing peaks during these months. Angling pressure also peaks but with the aid of a good guide, you can still enjoy some solitude. These dates are best booked at least a year in advance.
March – April:
By mid-March expect the crowds to start dwindling and the weather to remains favorable. This is what we refer to as a “shoulder season” or a time when the fishing is still excellent but the crowds are gone. It is also the time when most of the season’s largest fish are taken.
2020 Rate: NZ$6,230-$9,360 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations, all meals and house alcoholic beverages, guiding and access fees.
Not Included: Transportation to and from the lodge, premium alcoholic beverages, optional fly-outs by fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter, gratuities.
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout
Lodge Capacity: 8 anglers