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Best luxury hunting and fishing

If you're craving nature, but you don't want to be deprived of comfort or luxury, set a course for Poronui Lodge - preferably by helicopter, although a car will do. Forty minutes from Taupo along SH5, Poronui (Maori for "part of something bigger") is approached through towering working forests and is regarded as one of the world's finest luxury wilderness lodges. Set on 8200ha of farmland, you'll be torn between staying in the lavish lodge, in one of the cabins, or going glamping down by the river. Fly-fishing and hunting are the main attractions but you can also go horse riding, mountain biking, enjoy cultural experiences or spa treatments. This is the kind of place where, whatever you want, you can have it. - Elisabeth Easther

Blake House

It evokes a wide range of memories. For many it’s:

Watching the last rays as the sun disappears behind Green Hill
Catching a glimpse of a Sika hind in the early morning
The chatter of family and friends over a delicious gourmet BBQ
Finalising the strategic plan for the coming year
Bragging over landing your largest brown trout
Raising a glass to congratulate the bride and groom
Snuggling up with a good book in front of the roaring fire
Soaking in a hot bath after a challenging mountain bike ride
Or simply relaxing listening to your favourite tunes

The common element is Blake House creates memorable experiences that remain etched in the mind long after actual day.

Blake House is much more than a magnificent stately home. Did you know at Blake House:

The helicopter pad is right on the lawn
It’s as short walk to the banks of the Taharua Stream where you can test your skill against the challenging resident brown trout
One of the reception rooms can be transformed into an inspirational meeting space
The wedding of your dreams can be a reality
The lawn games include Petanque, Giant Jenga, Kubb, and Croquet
The Red Hut is brisk ½ hour walk from Blake House
The Hangi Pit, for traditional Maori cooking, is tucked away behind the eucalyptus trees overlooking the Taharua River

For a truly unique experience make Blake House part of your plans for 2016!

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