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

First Class Trophy Taxidermy

First Class Trophy is probably the best taxidermy team in Europe…Their taxidermists have won the titles ‘BEST IN WORLD’ and ‘BEST IN EUROPE’ multiple times. Combine these skills with state-of-the-art logistic service and know-how and you have a safe full-service solution for your valuable hunting trophies when you hunt in Europe and Africa.

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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.

The CBEO Experience

At Craig Boddington Endorsed Outfitters, we value transparency, integrity, and the absolute best in hunting experiences. We believe that each hunt is more than just a price tag - it's a personalized journey for every hunter while we cannot list specific prices like the impersonal hunting directories out there you may have seen, we want to emphasize that we hand-pick outfitters known for their impeccable service, expert knowledge, and fair pricing. We understand that a hunt is an investment and we are committed to ensuring our clients get the best possible return - in experience, satisfaction, and the thrill of the hunt.

What Does the CBEO Endorsement Mean?
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  • Endorsement by Craig Boddington, a hunting legend with over four decades of experience in outdoor journalism, is a testament to the quality and reliability of the hunting outfitter.
  • Our boots on the ground vetting means each endorsed outfitter is ensured to offer top-notch, expert knowledge, and a high standard of animal welfare and conservation.
  • Craig's endorsement are not influenced by sponsorships or partnerships. They are solely based on Craig's honest, personal experience and assessment.
  • Craig's endorsement outfitters understand that pricing is more than just a cost - it's the value you receive from a meticulously planned and executed hunt.
Booking and Pricing:
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  • We connect you with the outfitter directly for pricing and details. This ensures a personalized service tailored to your specific needs and expectations.
  • We ensure that all pricing is fair, competitive, and representative of the top-tier service offered by our endorsed outfitters.
  • By dealing directly with the outfitter, you avoid any third-party fees or commissions.
  • We are not a booking agency and accept no commissions. This means there is NO MARKUP on your hunt.
At CBEO, we're here to guide you to the right outfitter for your next great hunt. It's about more than cost - it's about Trust, Trophy Quality, Safety, and Your Reputation.