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Poronui - Amongst the Elite

Even in its humble beginnings, Poronui was considered amongst the elite in the fly-fishing world. In 1986 it joined a small diverse group of New Zealand fly fishing lodges and very quickly became internationally recognised. It was the brainchild of the late Simon Dickie, himself a passionate fly-fisher. Simon and a few like-minded lodge owners and guides were instrumental in putting New Zealand on the world map as a fly fishing destination.

Sitting around the crackling fire the other night with some of our regular guests we were reminiscing about the ‘old lodge’ and what it was like. It prompted me to look out some old photographs.

Perched on a precipice overlooking the Taharua River the lodge would crack into life each season. While the buildings were not up to the standard that they are today, the photos capture some of the atmosphere and essence of the Poronui magic.

I hope it brings a smile to some of our early guests who will remember the gas lanterns, the caverness BBQ and the hot tub!

Tom and Mychelle’s Wet Weather Wedding

Love certainly concurred the weather conditions for Tom and Mychelle’s wedding in January. This beautiful couple didn’t let a cyclone dampen their spirits as they enjoyed their wedding day at Poronui.

How did you meet?

We met at university in Dunedin but didn't start dating until we had both finished our studies and travels and had moved to Auckland.

Why did you choose the location you did?

Tom knew of Poronui already. When we decided we wanted to get married in Taupo, no other venue compared!

Did you have any “concerns” about the day beforehand and, if so, how were they overcome?

No real concerns. Claire certainly reassured us with any queries we had – these were around transporting guests, wet weather options to the finer details of how much ice we would need!

Who helped you organise your big day? Who was involved in the planning?

We organised our wedding with a huge help from Claire. Yum Catering, Taupo Hire and Twelve Tables Marquees were also fantastic with helping us put the day together.

What was your favourite part of the planning process?

We really enjoyed planning our wedding. There are lots of fun aspects – from selecting the venue, choosing the music, deciding who is going to have various roles in the day, the food, the outfits and the BEST part is seeing it all come together.

What’s your most precious memory of the day?

The whole thing! We had planned 1.5 hours to have our photos before the wedding at a few spots around Poronui. The weather was so bad we couldn't leave Blake House and our photos were done within 20 minutes. This meant we had a whole lot of extra time to relax before the wedding with the bridal party and our parents which I really enjoyed.

What did Poronui contribute to the memories of your wedding day?

Everything. In particular, their seamless management of the awful weather was amazing. We got to the Stables for the reception to find an extra marquee erected for guests to avoid the rain when going to the bathroom and a trench had been dug behind the marquee to stop flooding. All without us knowing a thing! That sort of service was amazing and meant there was no stress for us.

Do you have a favourite wedding photograph, and where was it taken?

Because of the weather, almost all of our photos were indoors and we love them! We had a mix of the photos at Blake House and the Stables.

Was there anything you would change? Eg the one thing you might have done differently?

We have discussed this at length and there actually isn't one thing we would change about our day. We absolutely loved every minute.

What sort of feedback did you get from friends and family?

They all loved the drive out to Poronui, thought Blake House was amazing with its roaring fires and dramatic backdrop and the Stables were perfect. Our food from Yum Catering was excellent and we were really happy with our band, The Relatives, from Wellington. We have had feedback that it was the best wedding they have ever attended.

Would you recommend Poronui to other couples?


Inspired by Tom and Mychelle’s seamless day? Ask Claire to plan your perfect wedding too.


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