The backcountry of New Zealand holds a special place in the heart of all New Zealanders, who place a high value on being able to hunt, tramp (hike), explore and fish throughout the vast National Forest Parks. "Going bush" is a national past time, and true Kiwis like nothing better than the sun on their backpack, the earthy clean smell of the bush and the complete absence of man-made noise in the New Zealand wilderness.
Poronui is a true back country property set in the foothills of the Kaimanawa Mountain Ranges where guests can experience a slice of New Zealand's wilderness. This unique property provides a taste of so much that is special about New Zealand. Even more impressive is the range of natural habitats and environmental features in one location.
Over a third of the property is covered by indigenous virgin beech forest. Beech forests also form the boundaries to the west and east attracting abundant and diverse bird life. Native bird life includes the distinctive song of the tui, bellbird (koimako), morepork (ruru), native wood pigeon (kereru), hawks and falcons as well as the rare blue duck (whio). Some species, present on Poronui, are rated as vulnerable or threatened, particularly the New Zealand 'bush' falcon. The only native land mammal species (the long and short tailed bat) are also present.
Poronui is also characterised by numerous wetland and scrubland ecosystems, comprising mostly native plant species. The Taharua River which runs through the centre of the property and the famous Mohaka River forms the southern boundary of the property. These rivers were granted status among New Zealand's most important water bodies by being given the full protection of a National Water Conservation Order. This protection was granted on the basis of outstanding scenery, amenity water-sports and the outstanding trout fishery.
As the exotic trees, planted on Poronui in the late 80's and early 90's, reach maturity these are being replaced primarily by manuka and open grassland.
Farming on Poronui is designed for low-impact on the environment. The farm runs an Angus breeding herd, a commercial venison herd and an expansive bee keeping operation primarily for Manuka Honey.