Set on a private 16,000 acre estate, Poronui is New Zealands premier sporting lodge and one of finest in the world, providing an authentic back-country experience in the foothills of the Kaimanawa Mountain Ranges on New Zealand’s North Island.
Home to gin-clear water, sight-fishing to Rainbow and Brown trout amongst ancient native forest provides incredible fly fishing experiences both on foot and by helicopter daily. These fly-out experiences ensure access to some of the most pristine rivers on the North Island, targeting Brown and Rainbow trout on both dry fly and nymph throughout the season.
The luxury lodge provides a range of accommodation options and wilderness experiences, with fine hospitality, attention to detail, gourmet cuisine and fine wines to compliment your stay. This includes horse-riding, hunting, rafting and hiking while also having the ability to learn about the indigenous maori culture during your stay.
Poronui offers three supremely comfortable accommodation options. The legendary Poronui Lodge is warm and welcoming, with seven individual and luxuriously appointed guest cabins. From the balcony overlooking the river you can begin savouring the spectacle and the spirit of this special place.
Further afield, the stylish timber and canvas tents of Safari Camp offer a fully-serviced basis for overnight camp-outs. Blake House, situated on an imperious plateau overlooking the Taharua River is the choice of corporate leaders, celebrities and royalty, providing five-star accommodation in an utterly unique New Zealand location. Whisper-quiet seclusion, luxury and some of the world’s finest food and wine.
Fly fishing from Poronui lodge provides anglers with the opportunity to sight fish and stalk large brown and rainbow trout in clear backcountry streams only accessible by helicopter. This is the true appeal of the location, with stunning scenery, and access to a number of renowned fly fishing rivers which also run through the estate.
With Helisika located at the front gate, helicopters can easily pick you and your guide up from outside the Lodge or Blake House and whisk you away to the most secluded and idyllic fishing spots.
Pack your lunch and choose to hike back to Poronui or set a time with your pilot and head back to the lodge in style.
Most rivers have clear, deep pools interspersed surging rapids and cover for the fish to feed from. Some areas offer plenty of native forest cover while others require more stealth and leave no room for error. Unaffected by snow melt, the rivers open on 1st October each year and offer great fishing.
Fishing during November and December is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Those ‘in-the-know’ choose this time of year to fish. The days are lengthening and while the weather warms up, the water is still cool. There can be good mayfly hatches, encouraging the trout to feed recklessly on the surface during the day. This is the least crowded time to fly fish in New Zealand.
January and February are traditionally the most popular time for anglers to visit New Zealand. Streams are low and wading is easy. Trout are highly visible in the water, but selective with their feeding. On smaller streams these conditions demand careful stalking and delicate presentations with small drys and nymphs. On mountain freestone streams, there is excellent terrestrial activity on the surface.
At Poronui they strive to make your New Zealand fly fishing trip as memorable and as easy as possible. And if you’re looking to catch and release New Zealand brown and rainbow trout in some of the country’s most iconic rivers – then Poronui should be on your list.
Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence. A Visa is required for countries without a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, including Australian and UK residents.
Various international flight options to Wellington or Auckland are available, with domestic flights available to Taupo. Heli-transfer or private vehicle transfers to the lodge are organised.
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Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favourable exchange rates.
Fly Odyssey have access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.
This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.
We specialise in group stays to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground in New Zealand will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.
This includes extended stays in Auckland and Wellington or on the South Island for a multi-lodge experience.
Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers.
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Creating and sharing memorable travel experiences with our clients and friends provides us with genuine satisfaction. All of our trips are bespoke, tailored to your needs and we always love hearing all about the adventure on your return.
Our knowledge of travel logistics saves you time, and our highly experienced team is here to ensure its spent on the water and not at the desk or on a long flight connection that you didn’t require. Since 2006 we have developed a valued client-base that has travelled to all corners of the globe.
We are a fully-accredited travel agency, where all of our flights, accommodation and associated travel bookings are done in-house, which means that you pay less. We have access to a huge range of specials, deals, great volume pricing and excellent currency exchange rates which allows us to pass these benefits directly onto you.
On the fishing front, our extensive expertise and experience around prime seasons, species, moon-phases, tides and personalised customer service is centred around one principal – preparation. This includes detailed gear and equipment lists, the fly patterns, transfer details, up-to date fishing reports and some of the finer aspects that can often be overlooked.
We travel extensively and understand that your free-time is important. Just as we all understand from experience, that the key to a successful trip is pre-trip preparation.
Our highly experienced team has fly fished the world for the last 25 years, and we understand the considerations and gear needed to turn a good fly fishing trip into a great one.
Fly fishing and travel is our passion. It’s all we do.
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