New Zealand Fly Fishing

New Zealand is as amazing as everyone claims, and when it comes to trout fly fishing, Poronui is as good as it gets. Nestled in the secluded Taharua Valley on New Zealand’s spectacular North Island, Poronui is a preferred destination for discerning anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. This 16,000 acre property is arguably the best fishing lodge in New Zealand and its great access to pristine waters will make you want to get an early start to your day. To experience Poronui at its finest, you simply need to cast a dry fly over wild trout in its crystal clear mountain streams. 


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At Poronui, you will no longer have to dream about notoriously big trout, you will spend your days surrounded by giants, both browns and rainbows.  Poronui’s uncrowded streams will provide angling opportunities to suit every preference or ability, no matter the time of year.

Guides are available to drive you to more remote locations or you can stay close by for the classic fly fishing experience of stalking and sight casting trophy browns and rainbows in shallow, clear water.

One thing that makes Poronui unique is its proximity to the legendary Ngaruroro and Rangitikei Rivers as well as many remote streams that go unnoticed, and unfished. All of these opportunities are just a short flight away.

You can also take a helicopter ride deep into the mountains to uncover some of the most legendary and challenging fly fishing in New Zealand, featuring trophy waters where huge trout cautiously cruise in deep clear pools. The angling can be technically difficult – demanding stealth, knowledge of the current and casting accuracy. When all these factors combine, the reward is likely to be the catch of a lifetime.

The seasons in the southern hemisphere run opposite to those in Europe and North America.

Spring (October)

The opening of fishing season means the local trout have been undisturbed for months. Temperatures are still cool, but with longer days, the brown trout become very active.  October is the perfect time for excellent fishing with weighted nymphs along soft seams in most mountain streams. Some evening hatches offer very good dry fly fishing at dusk.

Early Summer (November, December)

This is undoubtedly the best time to fly fish in mountain streams throughout New Zealand and it is also the least crowded. The days are long and warm, the water is cool, there are good mayfly hatches and the trout feed recklessly on the surface throughout the day. The fish are at ease and generally very enthusiastic towards the dry fly.

Mid-Summer (January, February)

January and February are the most popular months for fly fishing in 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 larger mountain freestone streams (accessed by helicopter and float trips), there is excellent terrestrial activity on the surface.

Late Summer (March, April)

The weather is still warm and settled, with April having the lowest average rainfall of any month. Occasionally a brilliant day is heralded by a light frost. Resident trout in mountain streams willingly rise to the surface. The dry and cooler evenings induce good hatches.

Fall (May)

The best fly fishing during the month of May uses nymphs for early spawning trout in the tributary streams flowing into Lake Taupo.

No matter what the season, Poronui can offer you a truly memorable experience.

Poronui offers three accommodation options to suit a variety of tastes: the legendary lodge, luxury safari camping on the banks of the Mohaka River and the stately Blake House – the choice of celebrities, captains of industry and royalty.

After arriving at Auckland International Airport, you will board a 35-minute flight to Taupo, where you will be met at the airport for the final leg of your journey to Poronui.  A short time later you will arrive at your destination.

If you would prefer to rent a car, you can do so in Taupo. The drive from the airport is about 35 minutes down State Highway 5 towards Napier.

Average temperatures during the fishing season vary from 40 to the mid-80s.

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