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Poronui Lodge lauded in International Travel Awards

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New Zealand’s Poronui Lodge has been awarded top honours in the prestigious annual Andrew Harper Travel Awards.


The lodge, close to Taupo, is the recipient of two awards bestowed by the travel organisation in its 2017 rundown of the world’s best hotels and travel experiences.

To be considered for the awards, properties must be relatively small in size, possess strong individual personalities, offer relaxing atmospheres and demonstrate a consistent devotion to personal service.

Poronui, which won both a Grand Award and a Special Recognition Award, is honoured in the January issue of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report alongside boutique hotels in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America and the United States/Canada.

Says Editor-in-Chief Andrew Harper: “It takes more than a luxurious room and a lavish bath to make a great hotel. Of course, a charming staff, a fine restaurant and an exceptional location are usually part of the package.

“But just as a beautiful face is more than a collection of perfect features, the world’s finest hotels possess an elusive character that is mysteriously more than the sum of its parts.”

Nestled in the secluded Taharua valley 40 minutes east of Taupo, Poronui is a world-class, boutique wilderness retreat.

To discriminating anglers it’s an historic fishing lodge where they can fly-fish for superb resident brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters. To the outdoor enthusiast it’s about the great outdoors, the opportunity to explore 16,000 acres of timeless private wilderness by foot, horse or mountain bike. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place to simply relax.

Andrew Harper, who travels anonymously and pays full rate for all lodging, meals and related travel expenses, described the view from his room as “so aesthetically satisfying that it seemed more like landscape art than scenery”.

The travel expert applauded not only the lodge’s accommodation and top-class facilities but also its cuisine (“utterly delicious and graciously served”) and personnel, awarding Manager Eve Reilly the title Hotel Manager of the Year.

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Says Poronui General Manager Steve Smith: “We are honoured to be recognised with these two awards. The most frequent feedback guests give us is that they feel incredibly welcomed at Poronui by Eve and her team. We’re thrilled that Andrew Harper has chosen to highlight this aspect of his stay at Poronui as being exceptional.”

The full list of 2017 winners is also published on andrewharper.com.

For further information, please contact:

Vicki Febery
Marketing Manager
[email protected]
+64 21 242 3493

For availability enquiries, please contact:

Eve Reilly
Lodge Manager
[email protected]
+64 7 384 2080

Roaring Stags and Rising Trout

“Poronui has almost 25 miles of world-class trout water on-site: the Taharua, a spring creek, meanders down the valley, while the Mohaka River, a tumbling freestone stream, wraps itself around the property’s border. If this isn’t enough, the helicopters based at the lodge can, in a matter of minutes, put you on the headwaters of some of the area’s remote mountain streams, some of the best but least-fished waters in New Zealand. Guests can expect, the lodge notes, to fish new water every day, no matter how long their stay. “World class” has become an overused superlative, but not in the case of trout fishing at Poronui.

The lodge has suitable water for a range of fly fishing skill levels and physical abilities. If you’re up to the challenge, Poronui will offer you the chance to catch a trout, or two, of a lifetime. I’m talking about fish measured in pounds, not inches. As they would say in Boston, these big boys are “wicked smart” and demand stealth and top-notch presentations if you want to hook up. Even then, your best may not be enough.” – Doug Painter, Sporting Classics magazine.

See full article below – kindly reproduced with permission of Sporting Classics magazine. On newsstands from 28 December, 2016.


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