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Spring Fly Fishing

The early bird catches the fish- why you should fish during Spring in NZ. 

There is a lot of excitement around the start of the fly fishing season in New Zealand. The waters haven't been accessed in over five months and fishing guides, New Zealand trout and aspiring fisherman are itching to get out into rivers. We asked one of the Poronui's long-standing guides, Dave Wood, why he loves Spring fishing...

"One of the best reoccurring moments that I am lucky enough to experience in my job is on the first morning of a fishing trip when the helicopter drops me off at a secluded, rain-fed river and the silence takes hold. I love to just take a moment here and let the anticipation of the day ahead wash over me.

At the start of the New Zealand fly fishing season, on that very first trip, this thrill is amplified even more. Have the trout been feeding well? What has the winter done to the river? Where are the new holding lie spots? What type of fly will elicit that murderous intent from the trout? These added challenges set you up for an epic fly fishing holiday.

However, it is easy to let the excitement of your first trip out overwhelm you, my advice to anyone on their initial fishing expedition is to relax your expectations. When I take my clients out for the first time (whether they are experienced anglers or just learning how to fly fish), we always start with the aim of one great fish for the day. And if that guidance doesn’t help them to relax, the Poronui kitchen’s magic lunch will do the trick!

First-time fishermen and women can benefit from a spring getaway. The Rainbow and Brown trout have lived undisturbed over the winter so are less cautious around October/November time. Poronui’s rivers are not fed by snow-melt but they are still full early in the season so the cunning trout tend to hide around the edges. Spotting them can be tricky down low, but take a short helicopter flight into the Poronui backcountry and the smaller streams will present ample sight-fishing opportunities. October in NZ offers cool mornings but chasing the sunshine around the banks of the Taharua River adds an extra element to the day.

It’s so rewarding at the start of the fly fishing season when I look at my schedule and see all of the returning clients who I get to guide again, a lot of them become like family to me. I hope to extend my family at Poronui again this year and look forward to welcoming returning guests with open arms and another year’s worth of great fish!"

Discover the excitement of pre-season fishing for yourself, Poronui’s spring fishing packages start from October, take a look here

Rustic Wedding Perfection

February 17th – the day when Camille and Melone Blaikie tied the knot in the perfect rustic wedding out at Poronui.

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends in Auckland.

Why did you choose the location you did?

We wanted a special, unique and intimate venue – something that was different and out of the ordinary.

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

Everything coming together was a concern. Having only been to the venue once, it was hard to imagine it all without being able to see the venue again. Working with fewer people certainly helped – having one person for the styling/flowers for example.

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

Claire from Poronui was a great help in organising the big day. My parents helped us a lot and Shaye from On My Hand was also involved in the planning.

What was your favourite part of the planning process?

We didn’t have a favourite part, but probably just being able to choose everything exactly the way we wanted it was ideal.

What’s your most precious memory of the day?

The ceremony was the highlight for both of us – but everything was really incredible and I have amazing memories of the whole night.

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

Making the experience of staying there for the weekend truly memorable – it all added to the ‘day’ and it was amazing to spend some time with the family on the Friday at the venue.

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

To be confirmed… not sure yet!

Was there anything you would change? E.g the one thing you might have done differently?

Nothing I would have changed, it was perfect.

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

Amazing feedback – guests were blown away by the beauty and serenity of the venue and really enjoyed their day/night.

Would you recommend Poronui to other couples?


Inspired by the Blaikie’s magical day? Ask Claire to plan your ideal wedding too


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