Christmas with Val Atkinson

World Famous Fly Fishing Photographer at Poronui - December 2012          

This December is your chance to share some time at Poronui with internationally renowned outdoor photographer Valentine Atkinson.

Val caught his first trout on a fly rod at the age of seven, and that hatchery fish sparked a flame that still keeps him warm.  Thirty years ago he started taking a camera on fishing trips after realizing there was much more to angling than catching fish. Over the years he has been able to combine these two passions into his life's work - a quest for beauty and solitude in wild and romantic places around the world.  Poronui is one of those places.

An Angler and a Gentleman

Every year Val visits us to pick up a rod and fish some of the secret pools and eddies on Poronui.  And every year he puts down the rod and picks up a camera, capturing images of Poronui that we share with you on our website.  It is Val’s desire to share with you the passion he feels for both fly fishing and photography, that enables us to offer you this  incredible opportunity.

Val Atkinson at Poronui December 2012

Amazing Opportunity to Learn

This December is your chance to share some time at Poronui with Val. Enjoy a wilderness walk to watch the master at work, learn some of his secrets, perhaps work with Val to compose a personalised image and even take some images of your own. In the evening swap fishing stories with each other at dinner around a shared table, hosted by Val in the Lodge or perhaps our legendary underground wine cellar. 

Impeccable Credentials

Val is highly acclaimed, and arguably the most noted angling photographer in the world. His work has appeared in Esquire, New York Times, Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman, Gray's Sporting Journal, Newsweek, Geo, the Poronui website (!) and more. Check out some of Val’s work on his website.  Val has also published four books, including his most recent 'Friends on the Water', all of which are available on

Package Details

This package includes a heli-flyout to a remote mountain stream (great photography opportunity!) PLUS Christmas Day at Poronui - we do all the cooking and you can either fish or simply relax with a good book. Hopefully you will go home, motivated anew to share the desire to cherish, respect and protect whatever wilderness remains in the world. As Val says, “Here's to truth, adventure and passion!"

Spend a hosted week Val Atkinson at Poronui from 23-30 December for NZ$5,900pp incl. GST.

Package Includes:

  • 7 nights luxury twin share accommodation
  • 6 days guided fly fishing
  • One helicopter fishing fly out
  • Taupo airport transfers (return)
  • All meals and house beverages
  • Use of fly fishing equipment as required.

Don’t Delay – Book Now! To make an inquiry, please call Eve or Claire on +64 7 384 2080 or email us for more information. 

PS: Experience a gourmet Christmas feast at Poronui in our atmospheric wine cellar, with all the trimmings and no washing up. Priceless!

PPS: If you can't come for a whole week, we may be able to organise a couple of days instead, subject to availability.


To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where they go fishing for superb NZ brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.

To sportsmen, Poronui is a supreme hunting lodge where they can hunt majestic deer in a hauntingly beautiful landscape. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place where they can relax or explore 16,000 acres of timeless wilderness.

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

Whether your passion is New Zealand fly fishing, hunting or hiking, our guests talk of the magic of Poronui – the breathtaking location, the genuine Kiwi warmth, and the camaraderie they share with guides and fellow adventurers.

Come and experience the legend of Poronui.

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