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Poronui is the perfect scene for just about any outdoor adventure. Set in the foothills of the Kaimanawa mountains in the central plateau of the North Island, this unique environment provides visitors a taste of so much that is special about New Zealand. Even more impressive is the range of natural habitats and environmental features available in one location, from indigenous beech forest to rolling manuka-clad hills and miles of pristine fishing water.
A helicopter flight deep into the mountains will uncover some of the most legendary and challenging fly fishing in the world. Not for the feint-hearted, the angling up here can be technically difficult but extremely rewarding.
The seclusion of Poronui lends itself to being an ideal location for a corporate retreat. Move away from the distractions of the office and out into a space where creative and strategic thinking flow freely. Couples fall in love with Poronui’s numerous and picturesque locations as they make for phenomenal wedding photos.
But the magic of Poronui is not only in its breath-taking location and the quality of the outdoor experience -- the genuine Kiwi warmth of the staff and the camaraderie you share with guides and fellow adventurers will ensure memories for years to come. Share stories and tall tales over dinner or gather round the breakfast table to plan your day ahead. Chefs at this luxury property delight in surprising guests with a plethora of dining experiences from sundowners in a field and picnics next to the river to gourmet tasting menus in the Wine Cellar.
For a bit of downtime, the Stables area is a short walk from the lodge and plays host to more than just horses. It is a modern sports and relaxation centre with gym and health club facilities - including steam, sauna, and massage treatment rooms. Guests can also enjoy a game in the Snooker Room on the full-sized antique English billiard table or simply unwind.
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, with whisper-quiet seclusion, luxury and some of the world’s finest food and wine.
At Poronui there is nothing that you have to do, but plenty that you can do. The property is a wonderful outdoor playground with more than 100 miles of roads and tracks that wind their way through the hills, virgin beech forest, open grassland and along the streams for exploring the native bush and wilderness. Fish for superb brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters, or discover the hauntingly beautiful landscape on horseback or mountain bike. Assisted by your personal guide, try your hand at deer stalking, eeling, sporting clays, field archery, air rifle shooting or unique Maori cultural experiences. After a day of activity, relax in the sauna or steam room, have a massage or simply curl up in front of the fire with a good book.
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PO BOX 1941
Tel: +64 (0)7 384 2080
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