> Bird Hunting
Due to the increasing
numbers of some game birds in New Zealand you will find more hunters and fisherman put
bird shooting on their activity list every season.
- Pheasant (Ring neck, mutant and black).
- Quail (Californian and Bob White).
- Wild Turkey hunting season is from
early spring, July through to December when the animals are all puffed up and a-strutting,
limit of three birds per day.
These Game Bird
species you will find on farmland mainly in the North Island.
- Duck (Mallard, Spoonbill, Native Gray and
Black Swan -hunting season is mainly form early May to July.
- Paradise Shelduck hunting can be
arranged from February to September, 15-20 a day.
- Canada Goose hunting can be
arranged from February to November, no limits.
These birds are
normally hunted on farmland or ponds with decoys or stalls and around willowed wetlands.
Good hunting will be experienced all day.
Equipment and Supplies:
Our seasons are
opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere with rain- and snowfall and some frosts. We
recommend layered clothing suitable for cool conditions with waterproof outer layer.
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. The
guides Aroha Tours select have all the required certificates and proper authority
to hunt the lands on which they guide.
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.
You have a choice of a
mixture of challenging drives in the traditional English manner or you can enjoy the
stealth of a "walk up" shoot where the dog will point a bird before
it is put up 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 difficult.
Charges for a guide
vary depending on the services and species being hunted and include food, equipment and
accommodation on the hunt. If you wish to stay in luxury accommodation and travel by
aircraft or helicopter to quickly hunt several species in a short time, the cost will
Aroha New Zealand
Tours chooses only the best Big Game Hunters in this country.
Backcountry Safaris - Hunting and
Fishing Outfitters - Wanaka: www.trophyhuntnz.com
Riverview Lodge - Hanmer Springs: www.riverviewlodgenz.com