Free range hunts usually start with a short 4x4 drive to the hunting area, then proceeds on foot for most of the day with your guide. It pays to be in good shape as we may climb for 2 or 3 hours. Good leather boots and snow gaiters are a must. Good optics of 1Ox42 binoculars are a must as we spend 50% of the time glassing in the mornings and evenings for Stag and Tahr then during the day for chamois. However, due to season, time and weather, a helicopter may be used for drop off and pick up only. We also have access to a number of high fence areas which are less physical.
License and Tags
are required for bird shooting and can be provided for you should you require them. There are no big game tags or licenses, however we sometimes issue our own tags for identification for the taxidermist.
Guides are all qualified, having been certified at New Zealand's Professional Hunting Guides School with a grade of 7 or higher out of 10, or an advanced certificate. Our professional guides and their assistants make up a team of the South Island's finest guiding experts. They can all hunt, shoot, fish and walk the pants off of anyone game enough to try, but they all take a tremendous amount of pride in getting you the best animals possible and enjoying what New Zealand has to offer. By the end of your trip, they will be just as proud of your trophies as you are.
Horns, Antlers and Capes are prepared by our taxidermist in Christchurch or Pleasant Point and are either expedited to your taxidermist or mounted and shipped to your hometown. For those wishing to take some meat back home, due to the recent changes in the regulations it is now not practical to do this, but you will get to sample some at the lodge.
We recommend a caliber from a .270 and up. We supply 7mm08's and .300 short mags as shots up to 300 yards may be required. Please bring 80 rounds. Note: No handguns or fully automatic weapons are allowed in New Zealand, semi-automatics are OK.
Please have a U.S. customs certificate or a declaration showing proof of ownership for your firearms as this will prevent any complication when clearing US customs on your way home. A New Zealand Tourist Firearms licence is required for anyone bringing their own firearms. Please fill out the proper form and fax or email it to us so we can have it ready for you when you arrive. You will still need to pay the $25NZ to the NZ Police before you clear customs.
Firearms at the Lodge
- 1 left hand bolt 7mm 08
- 5 bolt action light weight 7mm08 all suppressed
- 3 semi auto Ruger 1022 with silencers
- 3 semi auto Berretta 12 ga shot guns
- Note there is no charge for using any of these firearms however we do ask that you bring 4 boxes of ammo.
Bow Hunters and Primitive Weapons Hunter
We can place you at strategic locations and it is a good option to take a helicopter into the hunting area for tahr as this gives you more time to hunt
We will provide all bedding and equipment like rifles, shotguns and rods which can be supplied at no charge if needed. Most of the clothing and equipment may be supplied through Cabela's or the likes of Sportsmans Warehouse. We would be happy to assist you with your clothing and equipment lists as provided. Click here for our recommended list. Most ammo can be bought in New Zealand however we do recommend you bring this with you as it can be hard to get plus it is expensive.
Upgrades on your red stag included in your package are available however we will have to hunt a different area for these and this may involve more travel time. All the upgrade rates are on our rate sheet and in our brochure.
Additions are available if you wish to add additional animals or activities within the booked time frame. These are calculated separately, over and above your original contracted trip. For example, game ranch hunt for big red stags, fallow, NZ wapiti, elk or free range hunt for tahr and chamois can easily be added to your hunt agenda, just refer to our rate sheet.
Extensions are available for extra hunting, fishing or touring days. If you would like to consider this option and would like more information, please indicate this on your contract along with the number of days you wish to add. Also please indicate your preference for rental cars, activities, attractions and accommodation. Initially, we just need to know your general wishes and can firm up details a couple of months before your trip. Trophy fees and day rates for these extra activities can be found on the rate sheet or quoted to you at the time.
With all our packages we will make every effort to provide you with the best value hunt possible. We have designed these hunts with friendly, reliable, personal service, giving you the best opportunity of success as we do wish for you to return. That is why this hunt comes with our "guarantee". That is if you are unable to take a Red Stag or Bull Tahr, then you can return for a free hunt and just pay a trophy fee.