Hunting in New Zealand


in New Zealand

New Zealand is among the most scenic countries of the world. Each time it opens up a bit differently: sometimes it might remind Europe, sometimes it looks like Asia or a bounty island in the ocean. For the hunters, New Zealand means a chance to harvest several deer trophies of outstanding trophy quality and of course to take part in mountain hunting for the Himalayan Tahr and Chamois. Most of the wild animals inhabiting New Zealand have been introduced from European countries, Nepal, India and southwestern Asia.



The hunting season in New Zealand lasts from February and through December. The recommended term for the deers is from March and till December, Tahr and Chamois are available from March and through October.



Most international flights arrive at Oakland (Northern Island) or Christchurch (South Island). If you arrive at the Northern Island, you will be transferred to the hunting grounds by car from Oakland. A domestic flight to Queenstown is required once you arrive in Christchurch, followed up by a car transfer (30 minutes - 2 hours) or a helicopter transfer.


The hunt for the deers in New Zealand's valleys can be organized both free range and in the fenced area. The most popular hunt is by calling during the rutting time.
A car or heli transfer to the mountain hunting areas is required to harvest Tahr and Chamois. This is a classical mountain hunt.

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Different types of hunting lodges are available for accommodation, including the top class ones, located in the remote picturesque regions. There are separate suits, dining and living rooms. The Chefs take care of the fine dining, including local seafood.

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Most of the hunts take part on the Southern Island, near the cities of Christchurch and Queenstown. The exact area is chosen depending on the desired trophy. The Northern Island is used to hunt Rusa, Sambar and Sika deer.


Feral Boar
New Zealand Chamois
Fallow Deer
Red Deer
Sika Deer
White-tailed Deer
Feral goat
Feral Ox
Himalayan Tahr


Hot springs, volcanoes, rockshelters and glaciers, mountain tops, beaches and fjords – the nature of New Zealand is stunningly beautiful. Apart from hunting, it is worth visiting its amazing resorts and golf courses, go fishing or yachting in the ocean, and of course give a try to its high class cuisine and wines.


“When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.” Dale Earnhardt

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the heli transfer the only way to get to the mountain hunting areas?

    No, it is also possible to get to the mountains by car, including the Tahr and Chamois hunting areas.

  • When should I go to New Zealand to take the most both from hunting and tourism possibilities?

    Just keep in mind that it is always warmer in the Northern Island than in the Southern one, and the weather changes a lot. So, come during the hunting season and do not forget warm clothes.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

    Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to New Zealand. They still need to apply for the electronic Travel Authorisation. Please check the visa requirements or let us know and we will check for you.

  • Is it true that the New Zealand sun is very dangerous?

    Yes, it is true. We do not recommend you to stay in the open sun without sunscreen.

  • Are there poisonous snakes and spiders in New Zealand?

    New Zealand doesn’t have any dangerous snakes or spiders. Besides, it is one of the safest countries in the world and the crime rate is very low, too.

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