Red Stag and Fallow deer – March and August
Other species – Year round
Trout season is February – August
This hunt takes place on the picturesque South Island outside a small town about an hour’s drive from Queenstown. It’s an ideal location for families, couples, and small intact parties wanting total privacy. The new lodge sits atop a bluff overlooking the beautiful Clutha River Valley and features 5 guestrooms each with private baths with radiant heat flooring, a kitchen, dining area, two sitting areas with satellite tv, wood-burning stove, and deck with hot tub. Hunt red stag, tahr, chamois, fallow deer, rams, and more all from one luxury location. This location is not only perfect for hunting and fishing, but also perfect for non-hunters and families who want to explore the best of New Zealand with a professional and personal guide service. Action-packed waterfowl hunting (May–July) can also be arranged. Numerous stag properties are available, including one a very short distance from the lodge. There is a good network of roads that can get any hunter into some hard-to-reach locations without having to cover a lot of the tough and rugged terrain by foot. However, for those hunters who are willing and able, there are some hidden gems only accessible by foot.
New Zealand’s South Island is also famous for some of the best tahr and chamois hunting in the world and may easily be added to your hunt. Tahr have drawn hunters from around the world to New Zealand to hunt these magnificent animals. They are known for the steep, rugged, and remote habitat they live in and look very majestic in our mountains with their beautiful winter cape. Our outfitter hunts these animals a variety of ways from foot hunting and you may also choose the use of helicopters. Chamois are an agile, alert mountain antelope. These animals are challenging to hunt due to the habitat they live in and their sharp eyesight. Chamois are a very rewarding trophy and our outfitter regularly takes record book bucks.
This is the perfect destination for a Cast and Blast vacation. The New Zealand fly fishing experience is about the quality of the catch and they focus on the stalk and the fight allowing anglers to make the most of the overall excursion in beautiful surroundings with not another angler in sight. Their trout fishing guides know the surrounding lakes and rivers intimately and will put clients in the right spot to catch beautiful trophy fish. Clients typically catch rainbow trout, brown trout, and eels and typically fight several fish each outing. Trophy-class fish can exceed 24″ and put up an excellent battle. This is a fishing paradise for both fly-fishers and traditional tackle fishermen alike.
This is an ideal location for the non-hunting companion and entire family too. Guests can experience many local attractions close to the lodge, from shopping and day spas to vineyard tours, sightseeing, horse riding, and snow skiing. Your personal tours/side trips may easily be set up upon arrival and every package can be designed to meet individual clients’ needs as our outfitter has personal tour guides to ensure a hassle-free and unforgettable experience. Plenty of other activities are offered including fishing (fresh and saltwater), shopping, day spas, golf, skiing (June–August), vineyards, helicopter tours, jet boating, Milford Sound.
4-night/5-day red stag hunt: (up to 350″) $7,800; (400″-425″) $15,000; (500″-520″) $32,500
6-night/7-day hunt: red stag (up to 350″), tahr and chamois $17,700
Tahr Hunt – $7,550 – 1×1: 5 days, 4 nights
Chamois Hunt – $6,550 – 1×1: 5 days, 4 nights
Tahr & Chamois Hunt – $11,300 – 1×1: 5 days, 4 nights
$300/day – observers
$190/day/person – guided touring & sightseeing
Trophy fees on additional species
Free-range stag any size $5,000
Red Stag Management $2,500
Estate Red Stag (SCI Up to 350″) $5,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 350″-375″) $7,500
Estate Red Stag (SCI 375″-400″) $10,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 400″-425″) $12,500
Estate Red Stag (SCI 425″-450″) $15,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 450″-475″) $20,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 475″-500″) $25,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 500″-520″) $30,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 520″-540″) $40,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 540″-560″) $50,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 560″-580″) $60,000
Estate Red Stag (SCI 580″-600″) $70,000
Fallow Buck – Trophy $3,750
Fallow Buck – Giant $5,750
Elk: From $6,000
Arapawa Ram $1,200
South Pacific Goat $1,200
Trophy fees subject to change
Luxury accommodation, 1×1 guiding, fully catered meals, beverages, airport/hotel transfers from Queenstown, and field preparation of trophies.
Package hunts also include daily rates and trophy fees for listed species
Hotels and meals before and after hunt, if needed
Tahr and Chamois hunts we suggest the use of a helicopter to access higher hunting terrain. Additional cost for helicopter is approximately $1,500 – $2,500
Additional adventure side trips
$120 – gun rental plus ammo
Expediting trophies for shipping
Shipping trophies home
Day 1: Depart from home and fly to Auckland, New Zealand
Day 2: Loose this day crossing International Date Line
Day 3: Arrive in Auckland, Clear customs (allow 3 hours) and transfer to domestic airport
Fly to Queenstown where you will take a shuttle to the Novotel hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Outfitter will pick you up and transfer to lodge. Approximately 1-hour drive. Evening hunt
Your full hunt days booked
Day 1: Depart camp for home, you will arrive home the same day
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.