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A true slice of New Zealand wilderness

The backcountry holds a special place in the heart of all New Zealanders. As a country, we place high value on being able to hunt, hike, explore, and fish throughout vast national forest parks. ‘Going bush’ is a national pastime. True Kiwis like nothing better than the sun on their back, the earthy clean smell of the bush, and the complete absence of man-made noise in the New Zealand wilderness.

Poronui is an authentic backcountry property set in the foothills of the Kaimanawa mountain ranges. We provide our guests with a taste of so much that is special about New Zealand. Even more impressive is the range of natural habitats, wildlife, activities, and environmental features in one location.

The property

Over a third of the property is covered with indigenous virgin beech forest. Beech forests also form the boundaries to the west and east, attracting abundant and diverse bird life. Native bird life includes the distinctive song of the tui, bellbird (koimako), morepork (ruru), native wood pigeon (kereru), hawks, and falcons, as well as the rare blue duck (whio). Some species present on Poronui are rated as vulnerable or threatened, particularly the New Zealand ‘bush’ falcon. The only native land mammal species (the long- and short-tailed bat) are also present.

Additionally, Poronui is characterized by numerous wetland and scrubland ecosystems, comprising of mostly native plant species. The Taharua River runs through the center of the property, and the famous Mohaka River forms the southern boundary. These rivers were granted status among New Zealand’s most important water bodies by being given the full protection of a National Water Conservation Order. This protection was granted on the basis of spectacular scenery, amenity water sports, and outstanding trout fishery.

As the exotic trees planted on Poronui in the late ’80s and early ’90s reach maturity, these are being replaced primarily by mānuka and open grassland.

Farming on Poronui is designed for low-impact on the environment. The farm runs an Angus breeding herd, a commercial venison herd, and an expansive beekeeping operation primarily for mānuka honey.

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