10 great reasons to stay at Poronui:
accommodation is in 7 beautiful lodge suites overlooking the Taharua River, the nearby Safari Camp and also Blake House
the more remote Safari Camp, a 30 minute drive from the lodge, has two nicely appointed tented cabins, a full kitchen and great bathrooms
Blake House offers luxury accommodation for groups, with 4 master suites, 2 lounges and 2 bunk rooms
other activities include clay shooting, hunting, bee-keeping and photography
The Stables is a separate day venue offering a private dining space, a gym, sauna and steam room, stables and Billiard room
Poronui is rated amongst the best sporting lodges in the world, sitting inland from Lake Taupo in the central North Island
it provides world-class fly-fishing for wild trout for 9 months of the year, and also great hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, Maori cultural experiences and a culinary school
the lodge kitchen, central to the main space, offers excellent New Zealand cuisine with a rustic edge to it
the lounge-dining area is the hub of the property with a long shared table, and a huge fire warming the space most nights
pre-dinner drinks, dinner and breakfast, and use of lodge facilities are included in the daily rate
High in wilderness country to the south-east of Lake Taupo, Poronui is one of New Zealand’s most well-known fishing lodges, and is rated one of the top 10 fishing lodges in the world by Forbes magazine. A favourite of passionate fishermen for its excellent brown and rainbow trout opportunities, it also attracts a lot of sporting hunters, and is a recognised wilderness retreat as well.
There are three accommodation options – the main Poronui Lodge is a world-class wilderness and sporting lodge with just 7 luxury guest cabins, all overlooking the Taharua Valley. The cabins combine a rustic simplicity and luxurious edge, with their timber finish and natural fabrics. The main lodge space includes a dining and lounge area with open kitchen, a huge log fire and well-stocked bookcases. Culinary classes are also available in the lodge kitchen.
The rustic-luxe Safari Camp, on the banks of the Mohaka River, has well-appointed canvas-roofed and walled cabins where you can really get a feel for the wilderness surrounding you, without compromising on comfort. Blake House is a stately owner’s residence available for exclusive use; it can accommodate up to 16 people in four double suites and two luxury bunkrooms, and includes two extensive lounge spaces, four fireplaces, a well-appointed cook’s kitchen, cigar room, media room and private sunrooms.
The Stables, separate from but close to the main lodge, is a sports complex and working stable with a large seated BBQ area, gym and health facilities. There are also steam, sauna and massage rooms and a full-sized billiard table. The Stables’ underground wine cellar can hold over 10,000 bottles of fine wine and is often used to host atmospheric dinners; wine tastings are also available.
The Poronui estate covers 16,000 acres of wilderness including dense native beech forests, grasslands and manuka scrublands, and numerous waterways for fly fishing. There are 240km (150 mi) of hiking and riding tracks along the way. The Mohaka and Taharua Rivers tumble through the landscape, and the surrounding countryside has very high environmental and ecological value. The fly fishing at Poronui is excellent for 10 months of the year. Arrive any time from September through to early June and you’ll enjoy world-class fly fishing for trout in many diverse locations - stream, river or lake. Heli-fishing is also a favourite.
Poronui has a great working relationship with local Maori – Ngati Tuwharetoa offer an excellent opportunity to engage in the local indigenous culture with their Kai Waho experiences. Horse-riding lessons and longer guided horse treks over the 200 kms of farm track are also great options. Beauty treatments and massages are available on site and lodge staff can arrange day trips by helicopter or road for wine tasting and sightseeing in Hawkes Bay or nearby Taupo. There’s also mountain biking, clay shooting and hunting available. This small lodge is very popular so book well ahead.