Fishing in New Zealand with Roxtons
Poronui is an historic high country property dating back to 1878 and at 16,000 acres is one of New Zealand's largest ranches.
Nestled in the Taharua Valley on New Zealand's spectacular North Island, Poronui Ranch offers access to trophy trout in privately owned and managed waters.
The ranch attracts avid fishers from all corners of the globe to test their skills against huge resident browns and rainbows in the secluded, clear mountain streams meandering through this wilderness.
In the summer months, as dragonflies settle on the waters surface, fishing becomes a religion at Poronui Ranch. Fishermen come to test their wits and skills against the large and notoriously astute brown and rainbow trout.
Guests can expect to fish new water every day as the property itself boasts almost twenty-five miles of private water.
The ranch also offers helicopter fly outs providing access to both the legendary Ngaruroro and Rangitikei rivers and other remote streams, relatively unfished due to difficult land access. These remote freestone streams mean that fishers can expect to have the water to themselves to stalk and sight cast to trophy browns and rainbows in shallow clear water.
Experienced anglers will find the challenges of fishing at Poronui Ranch very rewarding, whilst beginners have the opportunity to learn from top guides. In our opinion it is the premier lodge on North Island.
The main lodge has evolved from what was once a rustic fishing camp into world class accommodation to meet the needs of the most discerning angler. The seven wooden guest cabins, sitting just above the water's edge, combine modern luxury with wonderful style in a magnificent setting.
The lodge, renowned for its fabulous food, also has one of New Zealand's finest collections of local and international wines.
Rod and Reel
The ideal rod for your trip to New Zealand would be a 9ft 5 or 6 weight rod to cover the various fishing available. Teamed up with a good quality reel with a smooth and reliable drag and capable of holding 100 - 150 yards of 20lb backing. You should ensure that you have a spare reel and spool in case of accidents. Ideally a spare rod would be useful too.
Weight forward or double taper dull coloured floating lines are recommended as the reflection of line during sunny conditions can easily spook the wild trout in New Zealand. Avoiding bright colours such as yellows, blues and greens would be an advantage. Take an extra fly line just in case the first suffers damage.
Leader / Nylon
Leaders should be 9 to 15ft tapered nylon with tippet between 4.75 & 8.5lbs. Ensure that you have plenty with you. We recommend that you buy standard tapered leaders and add tippet to the end using a standard double blood not to make up the length.
We recommend that you take your own though many of the flies that you use will be available from your guide and we suggest that you take your own boxes and actually buy flies from the lodge or a fishing shop with your guide in New Zealand.
Though most guest like to take fish on the top with dry flies we recommend that you also take a few nymphs. A sample fly box for New Zealand would consist of:
Dry Flies Size 10-16
- A variety of Adams patterns.
- Elk hair Caddis patterns
- March Browns
- Black Gnats
- CDC emergers
- Red Wulff
- Royal Wulff
- Pheasant tail
- Hares ear
- Weighted flashbacks
- Czeck nymphs
- Weighted Hares Ear and copper
Layered clothing because of changeable weather
Wader repair kit
Forceps / clippers
Hand and face moisturizer
Despite the seclusion and wilderness of Poronui Station, the property is only a 30 minute drive from the busy tourist centre of Taupo. Taupo is a hub for tourism, sporting and adventure activities centred around Lake Taupo - New Zealand's largest lake. Fishing, water sports, skiing, golf and hiking are popular activities in the area. Taupo has a first class hospital and excellent health care facilities. Private jets land at Taupo airport and commercial flights arrive and depart daily.
Summer fishing, October - April
Winter fishing, May - September
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Throughout New Zealand the electricity is 230/240 volts. Most hotels and some lodges provide 110 Volt sockets for electric shavers. In other cases it will be necessary to take the special adaptor, flat three (grounded) or two pin plugs.
The official currency is the New Zealand Dollor NZD$
Guide & Housekeeping staff, tips. We recommend a tip of NZD $100 per guide per day divided between the one or two anglers fishing with that guide. We suggest you leave a tip based on a daily rate of NZD $50 for each night at the lodge.
British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa, provided they can satisfy an Immigration Officer that they meet the requirements of the Rules. Visitors must have an onward ticket.
There are no required inoculations for travel to New Zealand, though you are advised to check with your doctor prior to departure regarding any vaccinations that may be recommended. If you are taking prescription medicines please ensure that you bring enough for the duration of your stay.
There are no major problems with insects in both Islands.
Poronui Ranch is a luxury fly fishing lodge nestled in the Taharua valley south-east of Taupo on New Zealand's spectacular North Island, offering guests the opportunity to catch legendary fish in stunning and pristine surroundings.
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In our opinion this is certainly the premier lodge on the North Island.
Prices start from £2,950 per person for 5 days fishing including international flights.