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New Zealand Red Stag Hunt South Island

Overview

New Zealand Red Stag Hunt South Island

This 4,500 acre high-country station and private game estate is located in the central South Island of New Zealand in the beautiful Canterbury high country. Your New Zealand Red Stag Hunt will take place on the largest registered hunting property in New Zealand!  Family-owned and operated since the early 1970s, this exclusive property offers not only your New Zealand Red Stag hunt opportunity, but plenty of other unique hunting and tourism experiences for discerning adventurers seeking a personal touch.  Whether you seek to hunt a trophy red stag, Himalayan tahr, Chamois, Fallow, Arapawa ram or simply want to take in the ambiance of the majestic game animals in a natural, wide-open space, the game estate is a great place to spend some quality time and have a challenging hunting experience.New Zealand Red Stag Hunt South Island

Their reputation is forged on the quality of their land, animals and facilities but most importantly, their commitment to provide you with an experience you will never forget. Their greatest reward is for their guests to leave the exclusive estate with a hunting experience they can’t wait to share – a yarn to spin to their mates, bragging rights in the pub, a tale to impress their colleagues…more than just a trophy.

Fishing offered by the lodge is second to none in New Zealand.  They take advantage of the personal services of one of the island’s finest fishing host/guides.  Touring activities such as horseback riding, golf, heli-skiing, helicopter touring, hiking, spa, and quaint town exploring are endless as well.  See the complete list at the “activities” tab.

Reputation and client satisfaction are of utmost importance.  New Zealand Red Stag hunts are legendary and this location is one of the reasons why!  With a minimum booking, you may enjoy this lodge exclusively for your group.

Outstanding fishing adventures in prime rivers and streams in the area accessible by four wheel drive vehicle and heli access!  Even more amazing combine hunting, fishing and numerous eco adventures.

“IF YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS OUTFITTER ISN’T THE MOST REWARDING HUNTING EXPERIENCE YOU’VE EVER HAD, THEY WILL REFUND YOUR PAYMENT!”

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Species: Red Stag, Elk, Fallow, Arapawa Ram, Pacific Goat, Tahr, Chamois
Capacity: 4-6 Hunters plus companions
Location: Canterbury High Country
Season: Big Game – February thru July Fishing – December thru May
Method: Rifle, bow, fly rod
Lodging: Private resort chalet or luxury lodge
Food: Privately prepared at your accommodations
Trip Length: 3-10 days
Transport: Guide Vehicle
Guided: 2x1 or 1x1 Guided
Weather:

Shooting

Over twenty years’ of active management has enabled this outfitter to build high-quality herds of trophy red stags and other game species while striking a balance with the natural environment and ecology of the hunting area.

Depending on what you seek to harvest, we recommend you allow at least two to three days per species for the hunting component of your trip or longer if you plan to seek the additional alpine species such as tahr and chamois.

All of New Zealand’s game animals were introduced over the past two hundred years by European settlers who sought to replicate aspects of their homelands in islands previously inhabited by birds alone. The effect of animals – domestic, farmed and wild – on this environment has been huge, but nowadays environmental impact is a very important consideration. Their game animals are carefully managed to provide the best possible trophies and hunter experience with minimal environmental impact.

Ever since deer were introduced to New Zealand, this elite estate has enjoyed a reputation for the pursuit of one species in particular- the majestic Red Stag.  First liberated in the Rakaia river valley in 1897, the famous ‘Rakaia Red’ bloodline provides the modern hunter with a magnificent challenge and rich rewards.  The game herd is based on the Rakaia bloodline and has been managed for over thirty years to produce superior trophies. Rakaia Premium stags are the elite animals produced annually through their game-management practices and availability is thus very limited.

In addition, they also have Fallow Buck, Wapiti (Elk), Chamois, Arapawa Ram, Wild Boar and Alpine Goat roaming the estate, each presenting a unique and different challenge to the hunter. Small game such as rabbits, hares, possums and game birds including mallard ducks, paradise ducks, Canadian geese and black swans abound and are all be included in your experience.

For hunters who wish to further experience New Zealand’s magnificent environment, the outfitter can organize fully free-range wilderness hunts for Red Stags on over fifty thousand acres of private land. New Zealand’s other large game species, Himalayan Tahr and Chamois are available in the surrounding alpine ranges. Utilizing helicopters to assist initial access, hunting is otherwise accomplished on foot. Free-range wilderness hunts will give the hunter a true experience of the magnificence and grandeur of New Zealand’s alpine scenery and superb wildlife.

Archery hunters are welcome and catered to with high success.

Fishing

It is no secret that New Zealand offers some of the best trout & salmon fishing in one of the world’s most spectacular locations. If you are considering coming to New Zealand to hunt and happen to enjoy the feeling of a fat trout on the end of your fly rod at the same time, then no trip prior to May should be considered without entertaining the option of some of our superb local fishing.

Fly-fishing and hunting  go hand-in-hand in New Zealand. This location in the central Canterbury high country, strapped between the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers, means they are in prime fishing country. Untouched mountain streams, clear alpine lakes, wide, braided river systems and fast flowing narrow gorges offer a wide variety of challenges for the avid angler.

This outfitter employs specialist fly-fishing guides.  Utilizing four-wheel-drive vehicles, jet boats and helicopters, they are experts in accessing, locating and putting you in the position to make that vital cast. Then it is up to you! The team is dedicated to ensuring you go home with some fine stories with the photos to prove them.

Should you shoot your animals early and assuming the fishing guides are available, you can add fishing to your package at no additional expense for the extra days left on your trip.  They consider fishing an even swap for unused hunting days.

Lodging

They believe in the approach that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. They are proud to present a full range of lodgings to guests, to best serve their individual requirements. Depending on preference, guests can choose from an award-winning golf resort with exclusive guesthouses or a luxury lodge. Included as part of your experience, they will look after all your accommodations and transfers.

For those seeking a truly authentic bush experience, you can stay one night or even more in a traditional hunters’ bush hut in the furthest reaches of the game estate.  Equipped with hot water, an outside shower, outside facilities, and separate guide’s quarters, it is otherwise true to the type of lodgings utilized by New Zealand’s original deer hunters. Enjoying an evening chat over a drink by the huge stone fireplace at the end of a good day hunting, while venison cooks on the barbecue is one of the great pleasures of hunting.  You will have exclusive use of the hut for your stay.

Activities

Other Activities:

Observers aren’t just welcome – they are an absolute priority! To prove this, we have developed a range of activities available on-site, a short drive or a full day-trip from the lodge.   Prices are on application as many can and do change frequently. They also depend on numbers and duration, so please let us know what interests you.

Lodge Activities:

These activities are available on-site and do not require additional guiding or transport. Actual activity costs are available on request and will be charged on the final invoice.

Golf: Play a round at the 18-hole championship course at Terrace Downs Resort.

Scenic Walks: Walk the spectacular 10km / 6 mile Rakaia Gorge Walkway from the lodge.

Sporting Clays: Try your hand at clay target shooting with professional instruction and coaching.

Archery: Not the hunting kind, but rather recurve bows at fixed targets Robin Hood style.

Tennis: Make use of the two premium all-weather courts a short walk from the lodge.

Spa: Relax with a massage or rejuvenating spa treatment at the resort’s spa.

Heli Biking: Enjoy a day of spectacular flying and biking through incredible alpine scenery.

Heli Hike: Fly to a high ridge, hiking its length to ever changing views and a picnic lunch.

Heli Glacier: Take a helicopter over untouched icefields with a picnic lunch ‘ way out the back’.

Short Trips

These activities involve a short drive from the lodge, priced depending on distance. Actual activity costs are available on request and will be charged on the final invoice.

Horse Riding: Ride a horse through classic Canterbury farming country on a guided trek.

Jet Boating: A fast boat trip up the Rakaia Gorge that is both exciting and scenic at once.

Sky Diving: Jump a plane at 12,000 or 15,000 feet over stunning South Island scenery.

Guided Walks: Travel a little farther afield with our guides for amazing local hikes.

Hot Air Ballooning: Experience the utter stillness and exhilaration of a scenic country balloon flight.

Fly fishing: Cast a fly or nymph for a trophy brown or rainbow trout with one of our guides.

Salmon Fishing: Chase beautiful King Salmon in the Rakaia River with a Jet Boat tour thrown in!

Daily Guided Trips and Adventures

These require a guide and vehicle for a day, priced depending on distance. Actual activity
costs are available on request and will be charged on the final invoice.

See the Farm Tour: Farming operation and hunting estate with a barbecue hut lunch.

Wine Tour: Experience some of Canterbury’s best wines on our scenic Waipara winery tour.

Akaroa Tour: Canterbury’s charming French seaside colony with art, shopping and cafes.

Christchurch: Food, shopping, history and earthquake damage characterize the local city.

Canyoning: Abseil, jump and rappel while you experience the awesome sport of canyoning.

Scenic drives: Join us for a scenic drive to local attractions, landmarks and movie locations.

Garden Visits: Visit private homesteads and their spectacular gardens of friends of your hosts.

Shopping: Take a tour of the finest local arts, crafts, fashion and food establishments.

4×4 Adventures: Go off-road with experienced drivers through beautiful private land and farms.

Rafting: Raft the mighty Rangitata Gorge complete with Grade 5 + whitewater rapids.

Deep Sea Fishing: Take a private charter boat off the East Coast for a day of incredible seafood.

Salmon Fishing: Visit the town of Tekapo and the Hydro Canals to catch a big King Salmon.

Whale Watching: Take a day trip to Kaikoura to observe huge Humpback Whales up close.

Dolphin Swim: Swim with the rare Hector’s Dolphins out of beautiful Akaroa Harbour.

TranzAlpine Train: One of the world’s great train journeys, through the Alps to the West Coast.

Hanmer Hot Pools: Experience the geothermal marvels of North Canterbury at Hanmer Springs.

Guided Skiing: If you’re here in our winter, we can take you skiing at six diverse ski areas.

Heli Skiing: We have New Zealand’s best big-mountain heli-skiing right on our doorstep.

There is a lot more that we haven’t listed here – Canterbury is a big, diverse province with a huge amount to offer the intrepid traveler. If there is something that you, your spouse or a member of your party really wants to do, just let us know. We have plenty of connections at High Peak and we’ll dig deep to find something you will love.

Rates

2017 Rates:

Packages begin at $6,500 and include lodging, meals and guides.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE:  REQUIRED!  

Links to the companies we recommend:

Travelex Insurance       Ripcord Insurance

While we do everything in our power to protect our clients from travel problems, we cannot prevent illness, natural disasters, wars, deaths, lodge closings and more; we live in uncertain times!  The only way to protect yourself and your investment is through travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide medical coverage, cancellation due to natural disaster, illness, death in the family, lodge closings and other unknowns; in this day and time, anything is possible.  Lodges count on you to protect your investment as they cannot refund your payments due to the nature of the product they offer.

Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues.  It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.

Both companies offer evacuation insurance in addition to their travel insurance but Ripcord has more thorough coverage in this area.

The Ripcord membership and travel Insurance provides the highest levels of medical, security, evacuation and rescue services in the industry combined with travel insurance:

  • Remote rescue services from point of injury or illness
  • Medical evacuations to the member’s home hospital of choice
  • The best evacuation and rescue triggers that include rescues for medical conditions that will result in permanent injury in addition to just requiring hospitalization
  • Security extraction services for geopolitical events and natural disasters
  • Involuntary detention resolution services for members who are held against their will
  • Consulting services from special operations veterans, paramedics, nurses, and physicians
  • Travel insurance

Testimonials

“What a team!  Biggest fish I’ve ever caught on a fly rod.  No matter what, they were willing to accommodate.  They could hit every curve out of the park. There wasn’t a moment that things weren’t great”  Charlie, Georgia

Our family was planning our ‘trip of a lifetime’ to New Zealand and Australia.
The terrain was incredibly beautiful and rugged. The animals were magnificent. The accommodations were excellent…. I experienced a great (and successful!) hunt, while the non-hunters in our family were treated to a series of personalized adventures. We all came away thrilled with our visit, and hope to go back someday. The entire experience far exceeded our expectations.
Tim, Texas

– An understated impression of an experience we couldn’t imagine! …..
Most of us have experienced good hunts and pleasant family vacations. Thanks to the resources and talents of our hosts, we were able to meld everybody’s “trip of a lifetime” together into one package.
With the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s Canterbury Highlands and the Southern Alps as a base, the range of activities you offered us and the level of luxury accommodations, gourmet food and drink and individualized personal service puts this destination atop our ‘want to go back to’ destination list.
Dick, Ontario

Crystal and I had the best hunting trip of our lives. The hospitality ya’ll provided was 10-star…. – I have never seen any place as beautiful as it.
With that, I shall return for a Tahr and Chamois hunt, and hopefully I can have the same crew (Lindsay and ol’ Smitty) to join me on the next endeavor.
Thanks for the memories.
Turk, Texas

You are in a select few who under promise and over deliver. I took my three boys for the most memorable trip we have ever taken, and we are still talking about it one year later. The personalized attention is more than what we expected, it is obvious that, you, Hamish, and Lindsay love the work you do. We actually received far more than expected, and I was touched by the hospitality shown to our entire family. When we walked away, we felt we had not only had a phenomenal hunting experience, but more importantly, we were able to enjoy a real family and real culture in New Zealand….. The grounds, the setting, and the evening was next to perfect.
The memories we have will not be forgotten and we would highly recommend your lodge to anyone who is considering a true NZ experience.
Scott, Texas

”… beyond any expectation I could have ever imagined. From the welcoming faces and open home of the owners, the services provided during my stay, to the INCREDIBLE beauty of the land, all topped off with the hunting experience of a lifetime.
Out hosts are truly the salt of the earth when it comes to providing their clients with an experience you will not soon forget. All of their accommodations were first class; from the lodge to their secluded cabin tucked away right in the middle of some of the most incredible hunting land I have seen. The scenic beauty is something you cannot put into words… you have to see it yourself.
The number of animals one will see in a day is unbelievable… from Red Deer, Fallow Deer, South Pacific Goats, to Pigs and even Opossum… the best trophy quality animals I have heard of in New Zealand.
Brett & Amanda, Colorado

We already miss our new friends. Thanks for the incredible hospitality.
Hunting red stag in New Zealand has been a personal goal for several years. I had two main criteria in selecting an outfitter: 1. my wife, who was not a hunter, had to accompany me and have an enjoyable experience. 2. I wanted to have a very strong probability of harvesting a nice red stag…
WOW! My expectations were high, but we were amazed at every aspect of our adventure from the second we landed at the airport… Accommodations were great, hunting game was everywhere on the mountains, and our hosts exhibited incredible hospitality. We felt like we found a new family away from home.
Of course, a great hunt was most important and that part was amazing. Thanks Hamish!
Food, drink, extraordinary sightseeing and accommodations were more than we could have imagined. In Louisiana we use the term “lagniappe” which means getting an extra gift that we didn’t anticipate or purchase. I didn’t know New Zealanders were so good at this. They call it Kiwi hospitality. I have been blessed to hunt and vacation in several areas of the country. Nothing in my lifetime comes close to this experience in New Zealand…
Al & Peggy, Louisiana

Never in a hundred years would I have imagined myself dressed in cammo clothes crawling on my hands and knees up a hill through animal sign to watch my husband shoot a magnificent red stag. My time here was one of the top memories of my life. Nothing matches taking a bath in a wood heated tub beside a rushing creek on the first day of winter in New Zealand.
Our hosts made us feel comfortable, welcome, and well fed. The accommodations from the rustic hut to the comfort of the lodge… were top notch.
Hamish’s guiding skills and knowledge of the animals enabled my husband to take three top notch trophies. James’s wisdom and knowledge of New Zealand livened the evening conversations. Kate is a delight that compliments the family. They provide the touch of true hosts that make us feel like lifelong friends – Kay

First of all, thank you so much for making this trip happen, truly a trip Kay and I will cherish for years to come! I am still reliving the hunt every day!
I did not plan on shooting a fallow buck but after learning more from Hamish about what a tough and aggressive little critter they are, I was having second thoughts. Then, when we were heading back to the “hut” we spotted the monster I ended up shooting the next day. What a beauty of a buck, and a great trophy! Same with the Arapawa ram, what a curl on that dude! But, of course the main trophy I came to New Zealand to take was the mighty red stag and I was not disappointed. Much more than I had hoped for as far as a good stag, GREAT stag! The sun came out and we were able to get lots of great pictures, just like it was meant to be!
In all, the trip was excellent.
Andy & Kay, Washington