New Zealand Big Game Hunting
The New Zealand Adventure Company offers a range of big game hunting experiences on private, public and game estate land. All levels of hunting ability will be catered to. Hunting the big game animals of New Zealand requires an intimate knowledge of hunting grounds and animal habits. The guides at The New Zealand Adventure Company are highly qualified and experienced in the outdoors and grounds of New Zealand’s South Island. Hunter and guide safety is of the highest priority, with all safety training and equipment kept to the highest of standard.
View the species available to hunt and contact The New Zealand Adventure Company for further info about Your New Zealand Hunting Experience, along with a price sheet and details of all additional experiences.
Red Stag Hunting New Zealand
Red Deer, (Cervus eaphus)
Red Stag trophy hunting period – March/April. Hunting available all year round.
Red deer were introduced into New Zealand in the 1800’s from England and Scotland. Today they are found throughout New Zealand. Because of geographical isolation within New Zealand, different wild herds around the country have long maintained the characteristics of the herds that they originated from. When hunting with The New Zealand Adventure Company you predominantly hunt areas that are home to the famous Otago and Rakaia herds. While relatively common throughout New Zealand, our wild red deer are certainly a challenge to hunt by any hunting standards. The New Zealand Adventure Company has both access to public and private land allowing a better range and chance of finding you a representable trophy animal. The most popular period to hunt trophy stags in New Zealand is during their roar (rut) period from the last week of March till the end of April.
Fallow Deer Hunting New Zealand
Fallow Deer (Dama Dama)
Fallow Buck trophy hunting period – April/May. Hunting available all year round.
Fallow Deer were introduced to New Zealand from England between 1860 and 1910. Originally from Turkey they were introduced to England almost two centuries ago. The New Zealand wild fallow vary in coloration, ranging from white cream, tanned fawn to dark black. Their rut is during the months of April and May and like the red stag this is also a very exciting time to hunt fallow deer. A croak or grunt is the bucks way of attracting a mate or warning a foe to stay away. The New Zealand Adventure Company has access to both public and private land to hunt fallow
Chamois Hunting New Zealand
Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)
Chamois trophy hunting period – May/June. Hunting available all year round.
One of the most beautiful game animals found in New Zealand. Chamois arrived in New Zealand in 1907 as a gift from the Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph. The first successful releases were made in the Mt Cook region and these animals gradually spread over much of the South Island. The body weight of New Zealand populations is about 20% less than that of European chamois, suggesting that food supplies may be restricted here. However, both male and females can have trophy length horns that match the best in the world. On public land, the hunting of chamois requires a moderate to high level of fitness.
Chamois are most active in the morning and evening. Chamois can be located much more easily when they are moving about feeding. They also tend to spend less time watching their surroundings for danger than other game species. In the middle of the day chamois rest up on promontories to chew their cud and it is here they become less conspicuous and very much harder to find.
Chamois hunting in New Zealand undertaken on public land can be significantly more challenging due to many factors which include hunting pressure, difficult terrain, weather, vast dispersal of animals and season.
The Chamois Rut is during the months of May and June, This is when the Bucks are mobbed up with Nannies which make them generally easier to hunt. A Trophy Chamois is considered as a buck or nanny over 9 inches. The New Zealand Adventure Company has access to both public and private land with its chamois hunts
Tahr Hunting New Zealand
Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)
Tahr trophy hunting period – May/June/July. Hunting available all year round.
Himalayan Tahr are a large goat-like animals and native to the central Himalayan ranges of India and Nepal. The first tahr were gifted to the NZ Government by the Duke of Bedford, in 1904, and released at Mt Cook. Since their introduction they have spread rapidly throughout the Southern Alps and can be found in good numbers in particular areas. New Zealand is the only place in the world where tahr can be hunted freely in the wild as outside of New Zealand they are classified as a vulnerable species. Tahr grow a stunning mane similar to that of a lion, and it is this attractive feature that also add to the quality of a mature male trophy. These are very sure footed animals and their range in the inhospitable Southern Alps is incredible. To see a bull tahr traversing precipitous rock and snow faces at speed is the sight not to be missed.
Tahr mostly inhabit the vegetated mountainsides between 4500 feet and 7000 feet. If hunted regularly though tahr will retreat to inaccessible bluff systems during the day. But with little hunting pressure they will feed on tussock grasslands and can be accessed by hunters with a medium to high fitness level.
The most popular time to hunt tahr is in the rut between May and July. At this time of the year the bull tahr are with the nannies so are more active and therefore more visible. They are also in full winter coat with a full mane to match their trophy horns. More often than not, hunters will take the coat of a bull tahr as a trophy, even if the horns are not particularly long. A trophy Bull Tahr is considered to be over 12.5 inches in length. The New Zealand Adventure Company has access to both public and private land to hunt tahr.
Wild Boar Hunting New Zealand
Hunting available all year round.
Pig’s were first introduced to New Zealand by Captain Cook in the 1770’s. They are now wide spread throughout New Zealand. They come in many shapes, sizes, colours and are now considered a pest to many farms and high country stations. The New Zealand Adventure Company has access to both public and private land to hunt pigs by either rifle, bow or with dogs.
Bird Hunting New Zealand
Bird hunting period – May/June/July.
In New Zealand we have 6 types of water fowl that we can hunt. Those species are Mallard, Grey, Paradise and Shoveler ducks along with Canadian Geese and Black Swan. The New Zealand Adventure Company has access to many private hunting area’s for these species. We have temporary layout blinds allowing hunters to shift to where the birds will be. Access to permanent Blinds set up on pond and Lakes is also available. Bag limits vary between different area’s (provinces) but on average up to 25 ducks can usually be shot per hunter per day.