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New Zealand – Poronui Fly Fishing

We have our trout enthusiast covered in New Zealand, that is for sure. New Zealand is everything everyone talks about, but Poronui is more. We have not seen a better combination of guides and guests anywhere in the world; it is as if each guide is custom fitted for each client.  Nestled in the secluded Taharua valley on New Zealand’s spectacular North Island, the luxury wilderness lodge is preferred by the world’s most discerning anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. The 16,000 acre property, possibly the best fishing lodge New Zealand has to offer, has been a favored fishing ground for ancient Maori tribes and for its English settlers since 1877.

Poronui has upheld their reputation of superb trout fishing due to the pristine waters they have access to fish. The ultimate fly fishing experience is being surrounded by spectacular scenery and casting a dry fly over a big, wild trout in a crystal clear mountain stream. At Poronui they aim to give every guest that opportunity every day.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s diversity has everything any outdoorsman or woman would be interested in at any given time. It is a great place to travel due to its breathtaking landscapes, untouched forests, amazing wildlife, and pleasant climate which are all compact and relatively close to each other. The spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.

New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, multicultural, and well traveled which adds to the experience.  The honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will make you feel at home no matter how far away you have traveled. New Zealand is the youngest country on earth – the last major landmass to be discovered with a very unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Māori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both its Maori and European heritage. Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only four million.


When you go to Poronui you will no longer have to dream about those notoriously large brown and rainbow trout….you have lived it. In the summer months, as mayflies settle on the water’s surface, fishing becomes religion at Poronui. Guests will discover uncrowded streams, with angling opportunities to suit every preference or ability, no matter what the time of year.

The guides operate modern off-road vehicles, and have the option to drive you to some of the best water. The easily accessible waters offer an opportunity for the classic fly fishing experience of stalking and sight casting to trophy browns and rainbows in shallow, clear water.

One thing that makes Poronui unique is position to make an easy flight to legendary rivers like the Ngaruroro and the Rangitikei which are just in the next valley over; there are many more remote streams that go unnoticed, and unfished, only a short flight away. However if you just take a little longer flight by helicopter deep into the mountains  it will uncover some of the most legendary and challenging fly fishing in New Zealand. These are trophy waters where huge trout cautiously cruise in deep clear pools. These fish are generally not easy to catch – the angling can be technically difficult – demanding stealth, knowledge of the current, and accuracy of your cast. But when all these factors combine, the reward is likely to be the catch of a lifetime.


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

Spring (October)

The opening of the fishing season in most districts means the local trout have been undisturbed for months. Temperatures are still cool, but with longer days, the brown trout become very active and there is excellent fishing with weighted nymphs along soft seams in most mountain streams. Some good evening hatches offering 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. The days are long and warm, the water is still 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. This is the least crowded time to fly fish in New Zealand.

Mid Summer (January, February)

Traditionally this is the most popular time for fly fishermen to visit New Zealand. Most good lodges are pre-booked. 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. April has 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)

Autumn offers a variety of outdoor activities in New Zealand. The best fly fishing is using 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.


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


To match the premier quality of the outdoor experience, Poronui offers three supremely comfortable accommodation options: the legendary Lodge, luxury camping down by the Mohaka river at Safari Camp or stately Blake House- the choice of celebrities, captains of industry and royalty.

Getting There

Once you get to LAX it is a simple and comfortable flight with Air New Zealand across the ocean to Auckland.   When you arrive in Auckland you will need to pick up your luggage, go through customs, then come out of the international part of the airport. If you are flying further to Taupo just follow the blue line outside the airport because you will first need to recheck your bags for the short domestic flight. After your bags are checked you continue following the blue line all the way to the domestic airport. It is a great way to stretch your legs after the last flight. If you choose not to walk there is a bus which runs continuously back and forth to domestic airport.  Once you land in Taupo you will be greeted by a Poronui representative. However if you would like to rent a car that option is also available in Taupo. The drive from the airport is about 35 minutes down State Highway 5 towards Napier.


Most of the north island of New Zealand enjoys a  temperate climate. Average temperatures during the fishing season would vary from 40 to mid 80’s .

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