You don't need to be an angler or hunter to experience the magic of Poronui. Many of our guests come simply to enjoy a hiking holiday in some of the most diverse, beautiful and unspoilt scenery in New Zealand.
Combine the exclusivity of Poronui with a heli-hiking adventure into the Kaimanawa Ranges. A Poronui walking holiday provides challenging guided walks, great food, New Zealand wines and elegant accommodation all rolled into one.
Enjoy breath-taking scenery at your own pace. The varied terrain provides opportunities ranging from casual walks around the Lodge gardens and nearby riverside, to climbing the challenging Spar track - providing a dramatic lookout over the Mohaka Valley.
Special Features of a Poronui Walking Holiday
There are more than 100 miles of roads and tracks that make their way through the hills and beside the streams at Poronui. Guests can enjoy diverse landscapes, ranging from high alpine forests to low open grasslands. On your hikes you’ll discover spectacular views and gain insight into the pioneering history of the land.
This is a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of early settlers, deer cullers, fishers, hunters and pioneering farmers. Listen to the stories of various owners, early farming methods, the many characters who lived here over the years to life today on such a magnificent property.
The property hosts some rare and endangered native flora and fauna and has abundant local wildlife including sika deer, fallow buck and red stags. If you’re very lucky you might spot one of the rare native small-scaled skinks (Oligosoma microlepis) found only in the central North Island.
Flora and Fauna
Add to these, the chance to view the fish and wildlife along the wetland and riverside tracks. And while opportunities to view deer are a feature of Poronui, more committed wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the walk though the game estate. Photographers will enjoy the opportunity to “hunt” deer with their lens, or just capture the scenic highlights of Poronui.
The 6,000 acres of old growth beech forest are a stunning reminder of what much of New Zealand used to be like. Interpreted walks through the forest give you an insight into the beauty of a New Zealand indigenous forest. An active pest management program enables many sensitive species to thrive here at Poronui, when in most other locations they are a rarity.
View endangered species such as native mistle-toe, bush falcons and the rare New Zealand parrot -the Kaka. Learn of the special flora, including their traditional Maori uses for food and medicine, or simply enjoy the peace and serenity of this special landscape.
What to Expect on Your Wilderness Walk
Start the day with a hearty country breakfast. Experience a short helicopter ride to the start of your chosen walk. Traverse native beech forest, manuka scrub, pine and eucalyptus forest and dramatic open grassland. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Taharua Valley, the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Ranges and the Mohaka River.
Enjoy the company of our professional walking guide who is passionate about the outdoors and has in-depth knowledge of New Zealand flora and fauna and local history. Your guide will carry all safety equipment, additional warm clothing and water.
Carry only a day pack. Expect to walk an average of 6 hours per day. Your fitness level should be intermediate+. We recommend the ability to walk 10km including hills with a light pack. You will need to carry your lunch and bottled water (provided) plus your own rain jacket and camera. In the evenings, after your helicopter ride back to Poronui, eat gourmet meals with an emphasis on fresh produce and perhaps some locally grown venison. Spend the evening with fellow walkers enjoying a glass of red in front of the crackling fire.
Experience a Luxury Guided Walk at Poronui
We offer two and three day walking holiday packages. There are a number of different heli-hiking options available depending upon the weather; and the terrain is varied, ranging from open tussock hill walking to steep climbs to riverbank walking:
- Blue Gums to Waiokaka via Makino Hut and Mangatainoka Hot Springs.
- Boyd Hut to Poronui
- Te Wake Tops
Poronui Walking Holiday packages are available year round and include accommodation, all food (hearty country breakfasts, picnic lunches and gourmet dinners) and house beverages, a professional walking guide and any gear needed.
Contact Us Now
No matter what your level of fitness, we can design a walking itinerary just for you. To experience an adventure hiking holiday at Poronui, or for more information, please contact us
by email or call Eve or Claire in New Zealand on +64-7-384 2080.