> Big Game
New Zealand is a popular
destination for the hunting enthusiast; it hosts some of the finest trophy hunting in the
Throughout the 19th
century British settlers introduced many species to New Zealand. The rich habitat and lush
vegetation has led to many species exceeding size and population norms elsewhere. The
hunting enthusiast can over-indulge in a vast variety of species from big game such
as deer, pigs, wild bulls and goats, to pest species such as rabbit and
New Zealand Big Game Species:
There are 12 species of big game available to the hunter in New Zealand:
Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Whitetail Deer, Sambar Deer, Rusa Deer, Sika Deer, Wapiti, Austrian
Chamois, Himalayan Thar, South Pacific Goat, Wild Pig, and Wild Bulls.
All provide good
trophies and many have exceeded the trophy potential of their country of origin.
Season runs from February to June each Year.
- Origin - England.
- The most common and widespread deer species in
- Widely distributed in both the North and South
- Primary habitat includes dense bush country and
scrub areas of large farms.
- Red Stags rut in March and April.
- Average trophies in the wild are nowadays 8-10
hunting blocks tend to yield much larger trophies with guaranteed success.
- Allow three days hunting time.
- Origin England and Northern European countries.
- A common and widespread deer species in New
- Widely distributed in both North and South
- Primary habitat includes semi-open scrub country.
- Smaller than red deer and a bouncing gait makes
them a difficult target.
- Fallow Bucks rut in May.
- Most good trophies are shot from Private
- Best trophy heads come from the Blue Mountains
(South Island) herd.
- Allow three days as hunting time.
- Origin Japan and formerly referred to as Japanese
- Populations confined to Central North Island.
- The Sika herd would be the largest and most
important herd available to hunters worldwide.
- Primary habitat includes areas of dense scrub.
- Smaller than red deer and a great challenge to
- Their antlers exceed anything grown in their home
- Allow three days of hunting.
- Origin Rocky Mountains.
- Colonized in Fiordland in the South Island.
- Primary habitat includes bush-covered, steep
mountain terrain, an area completely contrasting the country Wapiti originated from.
- The roar is from early to mid April.
- They are available on game reserves where
impressive trophies can be found.
- Unless you are a fit person you should not
consider hunting a Wapiti within Fiordland.
- Allow three days hunting time.
- Origin Austria.
- Colonized in the mountains of the South Island.
- Primary habitat includes upper bush line and
rough broken creeks and gullies.
- They are real speedsters and provide a challenge
over flat tussock country.
- Best hunting time is April to August.
- Trophies are world class.
- Allow five days for hunting.
- Origin Nepalese highlands.
- Found in the high mountains of the Central South
Island, especially around Mount Cook.
- Primary habitat includes high rocky bluffs.
- They are extremely wary being blessed with
are extremely fast animals and a high level of fitness is required hunting these is
a real challenge.
- Best time for hunting is from April to August
- Trophies are amongst the best available in the
- Allow five days hunting.
A reasonable standard
of fitness is required to tackle the New Zealand bush. Dense rainforest, steep hills and
sudden weather changes ensure a really challenging hunt. Silent bush stalking techniques
Equipment and Supplies
Our seasons are
opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. Layered clothing with waterproofed outer
layers is essential when facing the meteorological extremes that New Zealand can impose.
Comfortable and waterproof boots are essential.
We recommend employing
guides for obvious reasons and there are a number of full time professionals hunting
guides available. We only recommend guides who have all the required certificates and
proper authority to hunt the land. They all have extensive knowledge of head skinning and
There are no problems
in bringing a rifle to New Zealand. However a Tourist Firearms License must be obtained
from the police on arrival. It is necessary to bring your current firearms permit or
license with you. Firearms themselves are not registered in New Zealand but the owner is.
Most guides can provide you with rifles on request.
Hunting on Private
blocks is a fair Chase and offers the excitement of tracking and the thrill of the
hunt. The guides will make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable hunt. Access can be
gained by four-wheel drive vehicle and the country on private land is often less
Charges for a guide
vary depending on the services and species being hunted and include food, equipment and
accommodation on the hunt. Trophy fees vary depending on where and what may have been done
to improve bloodlines, or what the farmer has done to improve the animals numbers.
If you wish to stay in
luxury accommodation and travel by aircraft or helicopter to quickly hunt several species
in a short time, then this will be reflected in the cost.
Aroha New Zealand
Tours chooses only the best Big Game Hunters in this country.
Central North Isalnd
Grant Bayley Outdoor Guides -
Clark Reid: www.dryflynz.com
Backcountry Safaris - Hunting and Fishing Outfitters - Wanaka: www.trophyhuntnz.com
Wolf Creek Production Inc - www.wolfcreekinc.com