New Zealand Wilderness

New Zealand is renowned for its environment, from the windswept sandy beaches to the snow-capped mountains and ancient native forests – so old they were used as the location for the BBC series ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’.  The back country 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.

Wilderness at Poronui

Poronui is a true back country wilderness property set in the heart of the Kaimanawa mountains where all visitors can enjoy and experience the natural wilderness of New Zealand. This unique environment provides visitors a taste of so much that is special about New Zealand. Even more impressive is the range of natural habitats and environmental features available in one location.  The Poronui wilderness is also the perfect scene for just about any outdoor activity.  From hunting and fishing to photography or picnicking by the river, with horseback riding and hiking somewhere in between, there is one thing they all have in common - the quality of the experience.

The History of Poronui

Poronui has had a varied history, from its beginnings as a place of significance to the local Maori, to early European settlement in the late 1800s, through to farming, forestry and finally its reincarnation as a truly special wilderness lodge.  Now under the stewardship of the Westervelt Company, Poronui’s beauty and spectacular natural assets will be conserved for future generations to enjoy. Read more about the history of Poronui.


The Maori history of Poronui and its cultural history set the scene and gives valued perspective and meaning to the property.  Immerse yourself in Kaiwaho, the complete Maori outdoor experience with a visit to neighbouring Tamau Pa.   Poronui is honoured to be able to provide this authentic Maori experience and an opportunity to learn about the place and your hosts – the Ngati Tuwharetoa people.

Guided Walks

Enjoy an interpreted walk through indigenous beech forest or a guided hike through the Kaimanawa mountains. Explore the range of habitats and landscapes all within Poronui at a leisurely stroll, or for the more adventurous - take to the hill-country trails.  If you are looking for more excitement, heli-hiking will transport you to truly remote areas of the Central North Island where you and your guide can enjoy the magic of the high-country in solitude. To explore the range of walks and hikes see Guided walks.

Hiking Map

If you want to go it alone and explore some of the natural assets of Poronui on foot, mountain bike or horseback, then we can provide you with maps and directions. The variety of scenery and terrain is quite incredible and we will ensure you are well provisioned with a picnic lunch from our resident chef. 


Poronui is not just a great place for visitors.  It is also home to a range of endangered or high value species and habitats.  The fisheries of the Mohaka and Taharua Rivers are recognized and protected by Conservation Order while the native mistletoe, kaka, falcon, short and long tailed bats and small scaled skinks are among the rare or threatened species found on Poronui.  Learn more about the conservation values of Poronui.

Photo Gallery

Viewing our photo gallery will help you appreciate the natural beauty of Poronui.  If you have visited Poronui and taken some photos you would like to share with us and our readers, please contact us.

To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where they go fishing for superb NZ brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.

To sportsmen, Poronui is a supreme hunting lodge where they can hunt majestic deer in a hauntingly beautiful landscape. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place where they can relax or explore 16,000 acres of timeless wilderness.

To match the premier quality of the outdoor experience, Poronui offers three supremely comfortable accommodation options: the legendary Poronui fishing lodge, luxury camping down by the Mohaka river at Safari Camp or stately Blake House - the choice of celebrities, captains of industry and royalty.

Whether your passion is New Zealand fly fishing, hunting or hiking, our guests talk of the magic of Poronui – the breathtaking location, the genuine Kiwi warmth, and the camaraderie they share with guides and fellow adventurers.

Come and experience the legend of Poronui.

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