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Venturing inland, we head to another farm-style lodge with a completely different atmosphere and feel. Poronui Lodge is situated to the south-east of Lake Taupo, and is known as one of the finest luxury wilderness lodges, offering fly-fishing, trophy-hunting and horsetrekking in a spectacular setting. There are three accommodation options – Poronui Lodge itself is a world-class wilderness sporting lodge accompanied by seven adjoining cabins overlooking the Taharua Valley. Described as a “purpose-built facility designed to meet the needs of the discerning angler”, the Lodge is the heart of the Poronui experience. The rusticluxe Safari Camp, on the banks of the Mohaka River, is one of their most well-known options. It has beautifully-appointed canvas-roofed and walled cabins and takes glamping to an entirely new level. Blake House is the stately owner’s residence available on an exclusive basis only; it can accommodate up to 16 people in four double suites and two luxury bunkrooms. Poronui has a great working relationship with local iwi – Ngāti Tūwharetoa offer an excellent opportunity to engage in the local indigenous culture with their Kai Waho experiences. There’s also horse riding, mountain biking, clay shooting and hunting available. Poronui Lodge Best Time To Go: November-January. The warmer months will allow you to really experience the property as well as a chance to stay in the Safari Camp a truly unique experience. Recommendations: Keep an eye on their website for ultimate foodie weekends where they bring in a top chef and often hold events in the wine cellar – a rustic yet elegant location.   Tariff: Four guests, self-catered, at Blake House is $2000 per night, all year round. A room in the lodge will cost $900 per person, per night in the high season (December-March), and includes private chef, wait staff, canapés and pre-dinner drinks, country breakfast, light lunch and full daily service. Details: Taharua Road, Taupo,

Fly fishing at Poronui Lodge

Blake House, Poronui Lodge

Poronui Lodge Wine Cellar

Huka Lodge Library

Poronui Lodge

Huka Lodge Jetty Pavilion


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