Big Game Hunting in

New Zealand

Ready to embark on an unforgettable hunting adventure in New Zealand? Our website offers the best outfitters with access to the finest hunting grounds in the country. Whether you're after the thrill of the chase in the forests or a peaceful hunt in the mountainous terrain, we've got you covered. Click the button below to start your search for the perfect hunt in New Zealand.

New Zealand is known for its diverse wildlife, including the red stag, tahr, and fallow deer. Hunting in New Zealand is highly regulated, with specific hunting seasons and limited quotas in place to ensure sustainability. The country offers a variety of landscapes, from the forests to the mountainous terrain, providing a unique and diverse hunting experience.

Featured Outfitters

Chris Bilkey Track & Trail Safaris

Chris Bilkey and his wife, Peg, run Track and Trail Safaris as a small, personal outfit. Operating from their comfortable home on New Zealand’s South Island, they are conveniently located near several concessions that, collectively, offer the full range of New Zealand species. Chris’ specialty and first love is free-range hunting.

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Chamois, Deer, Sheep, tahr, Wapiti, Waterfowl, Boar
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What game species can hunters target in New Zealand?

New Zealand is renowned for offering some of the best Red Stag and Tahr hunting in the world. Other species available include Fallow Deer, Sambar Deer, Rusa Deer, Wild Goat, Chamois, Wild Boar, and several species of Rams and Goats.

2. How can Craig Boddington Endorsed Outfitters help me find the right hunting outfitter in New Zealand?

Craig Boddington Endorsed Outfitters maintains a network of highly reputable hunting operators in New Zealand. Based on your hunting goals and preferences, we can guide you to the most suitable outfitter to guarantee a premier hunting experience.

3. Is there a specific season for hunting in New Zealand?

Hunting seasons vary based on the species. However, the primary hunting period is from late February to August, with the Red Stag rut occurring in March and April.

4. What is unique about hunting in New Zealand compared to other countries?

New Zealand's landscapes are breathtakingly diverse, from the lush forests to the high alpine ranges. This varied topography provides distinctive hunting environments, and with no native predators, some game populations thrive, presenting ample opportunities for hunters.

5. Are there specific hunting regulations and permits required in New Zealand?

Yes, New Zealand has specific hunting regulations to ensure the conservation of its game species. Permits, called "hunting blocks," can be acquired from the Department of Conservation.

6. What gear is recommended for a hunting trip in New Zealand?

Given the varied terrains, waterproof and layered clothing is essential. Also, a good pair of hunting boots, binoculars, and a rifle calibrated to your target species are crucial.

7. Aside from hunting, what other attractions does New Zealand offer?

New Zealand is famed for its natural beauty, from the fjords of the South Island to the geothermal wonders of the North Island. Visitors often enjoy activities like hiking, skiing, wine tasting, and visiting the iconic locales from the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

8. Are there any cultural or traditional hunting practices in New Zealand that visitors should be aware of?

While modern hunting methods are prevalent, understanding and respecting the Maori culture and the land's significance is appreciated. Some hunting areas may have cultural significance to the Maori.

9. Is helicopter hunting popular in New Zealand?

Yes, given the rugged terrains, especially when hunting Tahr and Chamois in the alpine regions, helicopters are frequently used to access remote areas.

10. I'm intrigued about a Red Stag hunt in New Zealand. Can Craig Boddington Endorsed Outfitters connect me with an expert outfitter specializing in this?

Definitely! Craig Boddington Endorsed Outfitters is affiliated with top-tier hunting operators in New Zealand who excel in Red Stag hunts. They will ensure your hunt is both memorable and successful.