General Information

Hunting New Zealand

We normally conduct hunts for big game from mid February (fall) through to August. The end of April to August is the prime time for Chamois and Tahr as this is when they have their full winter coats (manes). The rut for the Red Stag, Wapiti (Elk), and Fallow Stag is mid March until the end of April, however they can be taken all season, the other deer species rut at different times but all can be secured throughout the season. We enjoy a high success rate on our hunts.

Daily flights leave Las Angeles and fly directly to Auckland which is your point of entry to New Zealand.  This is where you clear customs. From there you fly south to Christchurch, (approximately 1 hour flight). We strongly suggest you arrive 1-2 days before your hunt begins to acclimatize and get over any jet lag you may have.

The importation of firearms is easy and New Zealand is very hunter friendly. On arrival in NZ all firearms are declared to the Police at port of entry. You will be sent a form to fill out and fax to the Auckland airport police approximately 1 month prior to your hunt. The international fax number is: 011-649-256-0486. This does save time and they will then have your information on file. We are happy to supply a rifle if required at no charge but do ask you to bring the ammo. These are all high quality firearms.

Suitable calibers for NZ are 270, 30-06, 300MAG, 7mm MAG. Shots vary in distance from 100 – 300 yards. Ensure rifles are sighted in and that the projectiles loaded are of premium quality.

In New Zealand it is possible to take additional animals once you are here, even though you have not booked for them. Additional hunts are arranged with us on the spot and charges can be negotiated at the time.


The rut or roar begins around March 17th and continues to the end of April/ early May, (depending on the season). We hunt Red stags, Elk, Fallow, Rams, feral goats and Boar in our own 4000 acre game estate. Accommodation is in our new, luxury Hunting lodge, “Glencree Lodge” and is situated within the estate.

Their rut begins May and goes through to early July. This is when they are in their full winter coats. We hunt Tahr and Chamois successfully from April through to September. There are two options for hunting Tahr and Chamois. Either on foot or we use the Helicopter to fly through the mountains to locate the Tahr where you will be dropped off with your guide to stalk and secure your trophy. In New Zealand it is legal to fly and hunt on the same day. Our exclusive concessions to hunt Tahr and Chamois cover several hundred thousand acres of the Southern Alps in the South Island. This allows our hunters to shoot magnificent big old Bull Thar and Chamois as seen on our website. If you wish to hunt “Free & Wild” I would advise you budget on 5 days hunting, minimum, operating out of tent camps or mountain hunts. This type of hunt requires a good level of fitness.

We have two seasons. February 20th – March 31st is the first where you can hunt Paradise ducks and Canadian Geese. Limit 25 Paradise ducks per day and there is no limit on Geese.
The second season is from the first Saturday in May and ends the last Sunday in July. This season you can hunt, Mallard, grey and paradise ducks, also Black swan and Pheasant. Limit – 50 mixed bag of ducks and 5 swans. There is no limit on Geese.

Field preparation of trophies is included in the day rate. After your hunt we deliver them to our “Expeditor” who salts, crates and prepares all paper work and delivers them to the shipper to ensure easy entry to your country. This cost is not included and is paid direct to the Expeditor and shipper. Every care and attention is taken to ensure your trophies arrive in excellent condition to your Taxidermist.


Remembering that our seasons are opposite to yours i.e. our summer is your winter.

February and March – summer temperatures ranging, 70 -90 degrees.
April and May – autumn (fall), temperatures ranging, 60 – 70.
June and July – winter, temperatures ranging, 33 – 52 degrees.

NON-HUNTERS: All non hunting guests are most welcome and can either join in the hunt or, there is plenty to see and do all within 15 minutes drive from the Lodge.
Deborah or Katie (our daughter) are happy to show all the local area sights. Kaikoura is the name of our closest town and is world famous for Whale Watching and Dolphin swimming, both are available 12 months of the year. Other marine attractions and activities are listed on the

I hope this information has been of help to you and can promise you a great hunt, excellent trophies and most of all a fun time. Should you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards
Mike & Deborah
South Pacific Safaris New Zealand

Phone: 011 64 3 319 5189 (from the US)
Fax: 011 64 3 319 5145
Email: info