New Zealand is one of the most desirable countries in the world to visit for good reason. It has magnificent scenery, a temperate climate, friendly people and a multitude of things to do from thrill-seeking adventures to wine tours. Nestled in the secluded Taharua valley on the spectacular North Island, Poronui Lodge is preferred by the world’s most discerning outdoor enthusiasts. The 16,000-acre luxury wilderness property is New Zealand’s premier sporting lodge, a place where sportsmen hunt majestic deer in a hauntingly beautiful landscape. The ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, Poronui offers a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience.
There are some amazing hunting opportunities in Poronui, from the mighty red stag and cunning sika to the Himalayan tahr and European chamois of the Southern Alps. In fact there are six species of deer available to hunt in New Zealand (red, sika, fallow, rusa, sambar, whitetail) as well as elk, tahr, chamois, wild pigs, goats and Arapawa sheep. Little wonder visitors go back time after time. This trip is provided by High Adventure Company
The stags have hard antlers and are able to be hunted from mid February though September with the peak of the rut from the end of March to mid April for red stags and extending into April for sika and fallow.
New Zealand produces magnificent red stags and Poronui is a prime example. The country is ideal for stags with trophies exceeding 400 SCI shot most seasons. A range of stags from 300 SCI to over 400 SCI are available on the property. Sika trophies typically have eight points (4*4) with good trophies 26-30 inches in length. Rusa, on the other hand, have six points (3*3) with trophy specimens reaching lengths from 25 to over 30 inches.
The quality of the hunting is matched by the accommodation and service found at each of three options. Choose the social atmosphere of the lodge with its seven separate chalets if you enjoy mixing with other hunters. The Blake House provides accommodation of the very highest standard and is booked for a single party enabling you to enjoy the ultimate private retreat. For those seeking more of an outdoor experience the safari tent camp is situated next to the Mohaka River. The queen size beds and hot showers enable you to enjoy the wilderness in comfort!
American hunters arrive into Auckland International Airport after flying from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Air New Zealand provides direct flights whereas other options, such as Quantas, are routed through Australia, adding three hours or more to the journey. From Auckland, the flight to Taupo, where you will be met by a Poronui representative, is only 35 minutes. It is then a further 35-minute drive to reach Poronui. Flights leaving Los Angeles on Saturday evening arrive in New Zealand early Monday morning with the connecting flight getting them to the lodge by 9.30am. On the way home, remember that you arrive back in the USA on the same day that you leave Auckland!
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