Situated within the tribal lands of Ngati Tuwharetoa Poronui has a rich cultural history being an important trail or travelling route for early Maori.

Poronui is fortunate to be able to offer its guests an insight to the cultural richness of the region.  An authentic cultural outdoor experience is available on neighbouring Maori land.  Enjoy the Kai Waho Experience, which literally means outdoor cuisine, and when combined with native bush surroundings is the complete outdoor experience. 

The Experience also includes:

  • A culinary experience and journey into the history of Maori kai (food) 
  • Exploring the tranquil sub alpine forest 
  • Learning about the indigenous flora and fauna as well as its significance to its Ngati Tuwharetoa kaitiaki (caretakers).    


A Unique Cultural Journey

This is a unique, high quality Maori cultural journey. You will enter the remote Ngati Tuwharetoa tribal lands at Tamau Pa. From Tamau Pa you have exclusive access to a magnificent wilderness boasting native flora and fauna in a sub-alpine forest. Your guide, Tom Loughlin – tangata whenua (person of the land) is not only passionate about his culture, but also a professional chef and expert hunter/gatherer. Tom uses traditional Maori gathering techniques and cooking methods to create a magnificent hangi feast while sharing knowledge and stories.

This is an authentic experience and an opportunity to learn about this special place and its people.  For more information, please contact us or call Eve at Poronui on +64-7-384 2080.

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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