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New Zealand Red Stag Hunt – Queenstown

Overview

New Zealand Red Stag Hunt – Queenstown

As one of New Zealand’s long established guided hunting outfitters, this high mountain station offers a premium guided hunting experience only accessible by helicopter.  This New Zealand red stag hunt is for the discerning outdoor traveler.

New Zealand remote hunting in the Southern Alps are host to an expansive game population. With a temperate climate and in the absence of any natural predators, hunting provides excitement and trophy opportunities whilst also providing an important and essential conservation benefit.

A hand picked team of professional and highly experienced guides possess comprehensive local knowledge allowing guests to safely access remote areas of wilderness. Non-hunting companions are welcome to enjoy a wide range of exciting or relaxing activities on offer.New Zealand Red Stag Hunt - Queenstown

The South Island of New Zealand hosts a rich and diverse wildlife population of both alpine and lowland game species.

The highly sought after big game animals found in the South Island are Red Stag, Elk, Himalayan Tahr, Alpine Chamois, Fallow Buck, South Pacific Goat and Aarapawa Ram.

Game birds can be an exciting addition to a hunting trip in New Zealand.  Waterfowl include duck (Mallard, Grey and Paradise Shelduck), Canada Goose and Black Swan.  Upland game birds include California Quail, Pheasant and Merriam’s Turkey.  Many of these game birds have very liberal bag limits.

With a comparatively mild winter, superb terrain and a lush feed source, game animals flourish in New Zealand, consistently producing some of the best hunting experiences in the world.

This amazing outfitter also specializes in backcountry fly-fishing experiences targeting primarily rainbow and brown trout with both species often sharing the same stretch of water. Chinook salmon provide an exciting challenge during their short season.

Enjoy privately owned 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime fishing rivers in the Southern Alps. In addition to this, they hold independent concessions to fish on conservation lands covering some four million acres including National Parks and world heritage areas.

Oxygen and nutrient rich glacier fed alpine streams and rivers produce fish that are in strong condition ensuring that setting the hook is only half the challenge. Gin-clear water allows early spotting of fish. This clarity however means that whilst anglers can see the fish, the fish can also see the angler. Spot and stalk is the method of choice and by far the most exciting. Anglers often use dry fly, streamer and nymph techniques on the same stretch of water.

South Island river fishing opens at the beginning of October and runs through to the end of April. This season is characterised by distinct periods which present quite different fishing conditions and challenges to the angler. Most of the major lakes can be fished on a year round basis with varying levels of activity.

They employ a strict catch and release policy to ensure a healthy and sustainable resource.

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Species: Red Stag, Himalayan Tahr, Alpine Chamois, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Various game birds
Capacity: up to 8
Location: South Island near Queenstown
Season: Year Around
Method: Fly, Shotgun, Archery, Rifle
Lodging: Remote Luxury
Food: Chef prepared meals
Trip Length: Customized
Transport: Helicopter and 4 wheel drive vehicle
Guided: 1x1 and 2x1 Guided

Shooting

The South Island of New Zealand hosts a rich and diverse wildlife population of both alpine and lowland game species.

Big Game Hunting:

The highly sought after big game animals found in the South Island are Red Stag (Cervus Elaphus), Elk Bull (Wapiti, or Cervus Canadensis), Bull Tahr (Hemitragus Emlaicus), Chamois Buck (Rupicapra Rupicapra), Fallow Buck, South Pacific Goat and Aarapawa Ram.

Hunts are fully guided and conducted by spot and stalk from the high mountain station and via helicopter access when needed.

Winghooting:

Game birds can be an exciting addition to a hunting trip in New Zealand.  Waterfowl include duck (Mallard, Grey and Paradise Shelduck), Canada Goose and Black Swan.  Upland game birds include California Quail, Pheasant and Merriam’s Turkey.  Many of these game birds have very liberal bag limits.

With a comparatively mild winter, superb terrain and a lush feed source, game animals flourish in New Zealand, consistently producing some of the best hunting experiences in the world.

Guides:

The professional hunting guides are committed to providing guests with a world-class hunting experience.

Your guides are well acquainted with the terrain and game species in New Zealand. Many have also spent numerous seasons guiding internationally, bringing a wealth of knowledge to enhance your experience. They are skilled at assessing a hunters’ personal ability and thus ensuring success. Whether guests are well seasoned and internationally experienced, or looking to pick up a rifle for the first time, the guides have the ability to adapt their expertise accordingly, ensuring the highest level of satisfaction is achieved.

These guides are members of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and are further trained specifically to exceed industry benchmarks.

Terrain:

You will hunt privately owned 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime hunting territory in the Southern Alps.

In addition they hold independent concessions to hunt on conservation lands covering some four million acres including National Parks.

The region’s terrain is nothing short of dramatic. Gently undulating lowlands are shouldered by steep ridges rising to permanent snow fields. Clearly defined vegetation zones separate densely forested hillsides, sub alpine scrubland and open mountain-tops.

Fishing

Fly Fishing:

This outfitter specialises in backcountry fly-fishing experiences targeting primarily rainbow and brown trout with both species often sharing the same stretch of water. Chinook salmon provide an exciting challenge during their short season.

They privately own a 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime fishing rivers in the Southern Alps. In addition to this, the mountain station holds independent concessions to fish on conservation lands covering some four million acres including National Parks and world heritage areas.

Oxygen and nutrient rich glacier fed alpine streams and rivers produce fish that are in strong condition ensuring that setting the hook is only half the challenge. Gin-clear water allows early spotting of fish. This clarity however means that whilst anglers can see the fish, the fish can also see the angler. Spot and stalk is the method of choice and by far the most exciting. Anglers often use dry fly, streamer and nymph techniques on the same stretch of water.

South Island river fishing opens at the beginning of October and runs through to the end of April. This season is characterised by distinct periods which present quite different fishing conditions and challenges to the angler. Most of the major lakes can be fished on a year round basis with varying levels of activity.

They employ a strict catch and release policy to ensure a healthy and sustainable resource.

Sea Fishing:

This outfitter provides exciting and unique saltwater fishing opportunities. New Zealand’s western coastline has a dramatic drop in depth close to the shore providing anglers the unique opportunity to fish for numerous saltwater species within minutes from the wharf.

Deep water bass species including bluenose and grouper offer exhilarating sea fishing to enthusiasts of all abilities. Further south Fiordland’s internationally acclaimed fiords provide airily calm and sheltered conditions for sea fishing.  Fiordland or blue cod is found exclusively around New Zealand’s rocky coastlines, and the fiord’s deep and cold waters provide a haven for this territorial fish.

They offer a number of chartered sea fishing options on the Southwest Coast, Stewart Island, and in and around Fiordland.  Guests have the opportunity to fly by helicopter directly to charter vessels moored up in one of several sounds within Fiordland, or their own purpose built charter vessel – Storm Jet.

Fly fishing for Kahawai or sea trout is also an exciting option where glacier fed rivers meet the Tasman Sea.

Guides:

your team of professional guides will accompany both experienced and first time anglers.

Guides work closely with guests planning expeditions, sharing environment specific knowledge and working to understand the objectives of each guest. The guides have the required knowledge and experience to provide guests with the best chance of success.

Our guides fish year round, often travelling to the Northern Hemisphere during New Zealand’s off season, and as well as being members of The New Zealand professional Fishing Guides Association, Minaret Station’s fishing guides are further trained to exceed industry benchmarks.

Itinerary

Each itinerary is customized for your interests.  You may also wish to add touring around New Zealand to your custom itinerary.  We plan all the details for you and your family.

Lodging

Accessible only by helicopter, individual chalets are separately positioned among native alpine grasses and herb fields, each harnessing unique vistas of the valley and surrounds.

Guests are afforded the privacy, warmth and comfort of tasteful high country design, with each chalet featuring sheepskin carpets, a king sized bed, an en-suite bathroom and a hot tub on adjoining private deck, where they can relax and recline beneath the stars.

Central to the Alpine Lodge is the Mountain Kitchen. Linked to the chalets by a series of raised wooden boardwalks, the Mountain Kitchen features two separate living areas, wood-burning fires, a well stocked library and cellar and first class dining facilities.

Unquestionably, the experience of staying at this lovely Alpine Lodge is both unique and inspiring. The small, friendly and experienced team prides itself in providing guests with an intimate and personalised level of service from the moment of the first enquiry is made. Itineraries take into account seasonal opportunities and are tailored to each specific booking, with added flexibility that allows guests to receive the most from their stay.

Each Chalet Features:

  • Private in-deck Hot Tub
  • Complimentary Mini Bar
  • Evolu Botanical Amenities
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Geneva iPod surround sound system
  • Sheridan Bathrobe
  • Unlimited WiFi access
  • Spacious Dressing Room and En-Suite Bathroom

Activities

Activities:

  • Heli-Adventures allow guests to experience the otherwise inaccessible breathtaking wilderness of the Southern Alps.
  • Heli-biking
  • Heli-Adventures means there is something for everyone.
  • Explore the wilderness of the South Island with the friendly and experienced team.
  • Heli-Skiing
  • Farm Tours
  • Scenic Flights
  • Fiordland Tours by boat and helicopter
  • Picnics
  • Hiking
  • Jet Boating
  • Scenic Queenstown
  • New Zealand Touring customized for your interests

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