Welcome to New Zealand






New Zealand Hunting


New Zealand Hunting

New Zealand Hunting

New Zealand is made up of two big islands, the larger one is the South Island, while the one that is a bit smaller is the North Island. This is the reason why locals of the South Island call their location the mainland. The South Island is home to untamed populations of chamois, Himalayan tahr, red deer, wapiti, fallow deer, Virginian whitetail deer, wild board, wild ram, wallaby, and wild goat. Another population of red deer and whitetail resides on Stewart Island to the south.

There are no populations of wild tahr, wapiti, chamois, or whitetail deer on the North Island. But it does have sambar, sika, and rusa as well as other species.


Game estates throughout New Zealand have wapiti, red deer, fallow deer, wild goat, and boar. Tahr and whitetail are available only in the South Island, while sika is available only in the North Island.

The majority of fair chase trophy elk bulls and red-deer stags hunted in New Zealand are collected within the boundaries of a preserve or games estate.

The reason for this is double. State control laws makes it almost impossible for free range stags to mature on public land which is outside of the lofty wire, while within the high wire owners of private land estate can supervise their trophy herds in an advantageous way for everyone involved.

All estate hunts in New Zealand are fair chase.


Fair Chase means the chasing of a free roving, or within confines roaming animal has the 5 freedoms of all undomesticated game: food, shelter, habitat, water, and most of all, the freedom of expression.


From the perspective of free- range the major animal targets are chamois, tahr, red deer, sika, fallow deer, wild ram, wild goat, and wild boar. New Zealand’s free-range chamois, tahr, sika, goat, and ram trophies are first-rate while fallow deer and red deer can at times turn out big heads.

All fair chase is also hunting free-range, in that the chosen species has every chance to escape. The numbers of herds on many of New Zealand’s game properties are in the hundreds and it can be honestly said that the hunting offered is some of the best available.

People who hunt during March until April, which is considered the rut period, come across something that cannot be recreated by any free-range area estate. The hunts are furthermore far from being considered an assassination or done deal. New Zealand estate hunts are also selling the process. “Spot and stalk” is the chase tactic employed.

Hunting New Zealand

To conclude, New Zealand is made up of two main islands with twelve's species that are huntable; the thirteenth is the Wallaby, though unofficially. Customers who desire trophies of chamois, tahr, and sika will need to travel between islands to attain all of them.

Clients coming to New Zealand to hunt are not required to present any special documents since the species of animals used for game are considered alien or no indigenous species, but bringing a firearm will entail a NZ$25 price and some necessary paperwork.



Copyrights for all pictures on this site, it is and remains the property of www.new-zealand-nz.net

   2006 - 2012 www.new-zealand-nz.net