Poronui Ranch offers the classic New Zealand fly fishing experience. Located near Taupo on the North Island, the ranch is a 20,000 acre beef cattle and sheep property through which meanders Taharua Stream, a major tributary to the Mohaka River. There are 25 miles of private trout water on this private Alpine meadow land. Expect to find totally wild brown trout in the ranch’s crystal clear water…fish that average 22 inches and willing take a dry fly or small nymph.
Owner, Simon Dickie, and his main guide, Paddy Clark, will lead anglers to waters with easy wading where they can expect to confront 20 to 30 trout per day. There is seldom a trout under 4 pounds and the largest during the past 3 years went 12 pounds.
The comfortable, informal lodge accommodates just 6 guests and is nestled amongst native bush overlooking some of the best trout water. Indeed some of the finest evening hatches generally occur just a few minutes walk away. While certainly not luxury living, the cabins have all the facilities of home, even an outdoor hot tub. You are 10 miles from the nearest public road. You will experience genuine Kiwi hospitality – hearty home cooked breakfasts with homemade preserves, tasty stream side lunches and as the sun goes down, cocktails and a fine dinner of either fresh game, lamb, or fresh seafood complimented with a selection of fine wines. Helicopters are available at extra cost to take you to remote streams for a two days fishing and one night camp out.
Poronui Ranch Non-fishing activities include hiking through native forests and along mountain streams, horseback riding (advance notice please) and game viewing (the Sitka deer was released here in 1904 and has thrived. There is no closed season).
Season: October through June.
Number of guests: 6.
Conference, meeting facility: Possible small group.
Golf available: No.
Non fishing activities: Yes
How to get there: Transfer from Taupo.
Poronui Ranch Example Rates – subject to change by operator
per person / day
December through March
|7 night / 6 day package |
$4,468.00 / per person, double occupancy
$6,621.00 / per person, single occupancy
April through November
|7 night / 6 day package|
$3,362.00 / per person, double occupancy
$5,144.00 / per person, single occupancy4 night / 3 day package
$1,977.00 / per person, double occupancy
$2,964.00 / per person, single occupancy
Ask about 6+day Long Stay Discount
Ask about Stag Hunting and Helicopter Fly-Put programs.
Lodging Rates Include: accomodations, laundry service, all meals, drinks and bar facilities at the lodge, wilderness cabins and campouts.
Guided Fishing Rates Include: All equipment, full day of guided fishing including the evening rise.
Not Included: Fishing licenses and transfers.
Prices include 12.5% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax
North Island, New Zealand – March/2004