Poronui is located in the rugged center of New Zealand's North Island, a 45-minute drive from the resort town of Taupo along the Napier-Taupo Highway. Taupo has a small airport that is roughly one hour’s flight from Auckland or Wellington.
There's no need to rent a car, since transfers by our guides can be arranged - the Poronui van will pick you up for the drive to the property and will take you around the property as required.
If you choose to drive yourself, take State Highway 5 from Taupo towards Napier for 25km. Turn right into Taharua Road (signage for Taharua Road is on the left hand side of the road). Travel down Taharua Road for 21km. The last part of Taharua Road has a gravel surface – drive with care. At our boundary there is a river-stone wall on either side of the road with ‘PORONUI’ written on the left hand wall. Continue past these walls. At the end of Taharua Road is our electronic gate right across the road. On the wall on the left of the gate is the sign ‘PORONUI’.
Immediately before the gate on the right is a stone pillar with a key pad. Press 1000 for the lodge and identify yourself to the lodge staff, who can open the gate automatically. Proceed to a curved river-stone wall on the right-hand side of the road with the sign ‘Poronui Ranch’. Take the entrance to the right immediately before the sign. This will bring you through the pine trees to the lodge.
If you are driving from Napier, take State Highway 5 towards Taupo. Approximately 6km past the Rangitaiki Lodge (pub/tea rooms on north side of State Highway 5) turn left into Taharua Road (signage for Taharua Road is on the right).
Public Access to Poronui
The good news is you don't have to be a paying guest to visit Poronui and fish the waters of the Taharua or Mohaka Rivers.
Poronui borders on the Kaimanawa Forest Park, a popular tramping (hiking) destination.
Public access to the Park is provided along a marked route winding its way through the valley, ending in the
Forest Park near the Mohaka River and the Oamaru Hut.
Download the Poronui Acess Map (PDF.868k)
Kaimanawa Forest Park is accessible via a walking route through Poronui.
A public carpark is provided at the end of the public road into the property, after which a poled route
from the end of Taharua Road to the Mohaka River provides walking access through Poronui to the Oamaru Valley.
The walk from the Poronui Gate carpark to the Oamaru Hut takes approximately 4 hours.
A condition of access is that absolutely no hunting is allowed on the property, and hunters should remove rifle bolts.
Please note that Hunting permits from the Department of Conservation confer no right of access across private land.
Angler access is provided to the Taharua and Mohaka rivers via four access points from the poled route.
These are marked on the accompanying map and signposted with a Fish & Game angler access sign.
Please stay on the poled route to get to these access points.
Once in the river please stay within the river bed where possible when moving up or downstream.
You may use the tops of the riverbanks to gain better visibility to spot trout and where necessary,
to negotiate around deep water and obstructions in the riverbed.
We ask that you keep as close as possible to the water's edge.
This is a working property that carries out activities that can be dangerous,
so please do not wander away from the river without asking us first.
Use of the tops of the riverbanks is a privilege, not a right. Please do not abuse it.
If you wish to use any of the on-request access routes please phone ahead and then,
on the day, collect a written permit from the manager's house by the carpark. You can expect to be given permission
to use the access route of your choice unless operating activities in the area you will be accessing make it too dangerous.
For that reason it is very important that you phone ahead.
Please note that if you use any of the on-request access routes without a written permit then you will be trespassing.