NZ Hunt Policies and Procedures

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This Information will help you plan your New Zealand Hunt with us.



Hunts for most species run from March through to September, starting with stag bow hunts in March and April, and continuing with tahr and all other big game to the end of August. We can organize hunts for you all throughout the year in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, America and Canada, as Phil has hunted all these places.

Owner/Consultant Phil Wilson is the only Master Guide in New Zealand and still accompanies most of the hunts each season. His extensive knowledge of both, New Zealand, Australia, and international hunting and fishing, accompanied with his "Kiwi Way", make this a totally New Zealand experience not to be missed. Working all the major sport shows including ISE, SCI, SHOT, FNAWS and RMEF to name a few there is a good chance you have either seen him or talked to him.

Our Aim is to provide you with the most cost-effective, safe but successful guiding service that are second to none and we do this through our hunt packages. We aim to be consistently good as opposed to being the biggest or the best, and in the friendliest way possible to deliver client satisfaction aimed to exceed expectations.

Your Destination will most likely be the South Island of New Zealand, known as the "Sportsman's Paradise" and is now fast becoming the Adventure Capital of the World. The best way to describe New Zealand is that "it's like rolling all the best features of America into California and taking out all the people" as quoted by Phil Wilson.

Air Travel:
We can work with Air New Zealand through our North American Agent, Kit of Esplanade Travel, 1 800 628 4893 or and other major carriers to handle all your ticketing requirements from your hometown. You are allowed two pieces of checked baggage, maximum 50 lbs. each, including gun or bow case which has to be locked. You are permitted one carry-on, in addition to a small purse or briefcase. If you pack a laptop in your carry-on, be prepared to remove it for inspection at security checkpoints.

Passport is required of all clients coming to New Zealand. This includes young children.

Visa OR Visitor's Permit:
Clients coming to New Zealand can enter on a waiver system without a visa but you are required to fill out a visitor's permit upon your arrival in New Zealand. You can also come in on a visa, which you need to get from the New Zealand Embassy in your State however we recommend the waiver system.

You will be met in Christchurch at the airport terminal by your guide Phil Wilson, where he and his team will return you after your hunt.

Accommodation may be at a selection of lodges, motels, farm stays, and/or cottages which contain a number of guest rooms some with shared bathrooms. All the rooms are heated and come with fresh linen. The food is western (Kiwi) home-style including desserts, lots of fresh vegetables and not to forget both domestic and wild game meat. Soft drinks, wine and beer are included, however if you require hard liquor this can be brought at duty free or at the local liquor store on the way to the lodge.

Hunting Method usually starts with a short 4x4 drive to the hunting area, then proceeds on foot for most of the day with your guide. It pays to be in good shape as we may climb for 2 or 3 hours. Good leather boots and snow gaiters are a must. Good optics of 1Ox42 binoculars are a must as we spend 50% of the time glassing in the mornings and evenings for Stag and Tahr then during the day for chamois. However, due to season, time and weather, a helicopter may be used for drop off and pick up only.

License and Tags are required for bird shooting and can be provided for you should you require them. There are no big game tags or licenses, however we sometimes issue our own tags for identification for the taxidermist.

Guides are all qualified, having been certified at New Zealand's Professional Hunting Guides School with a grade of 7 or higher out of 10, or an advanced certificate. Our professional guides and their assistants make up a team of the South Island's finest guiding experts. They can all hunt, shoot, fish and walk the pants off of anyone game enough to try, but they all take a tremendous amount of pride in getting you the best animals possible and enjoying what New Zealand has to offer. By the end of your trip, they will be just as proud of your trophies as you are.

Horns, Antlers and Capes are prepared by our taxidermist in Christchurch (Andrew Holt of Big Game Taxidermy) and are either expedited to your taxidermist or mounted and shipped to your hometown.

For those wishing to take some meat back home, due to the recent changes in the regulations it is now not practical to do this, but you will get to sample some at the lodge.

Firearms Choice:
We recommend a caliber from a .270 and up. We like to see 7mm08's and .300 short mags as shots up to 300 yards may be required. . Please bring 80 rounds. Note: No handguns or fully automatic weapons are allowed in New Zealand, semi-automatics are OK.

Please have a U.S. customs certificate or a declaration showing proof of ownership for your firearms as this will prevent any complication when clearing US customs on your way home. A New Zealand Tourist Firearms licence is required for anyone bringing their own firearms. Please fill out the form in this CD and fax or email it to us so we can have it ready for you when you arrive. You will still need to pay the $25NZ to the NZ Police before you clear customs.

Bow Hunters and Primitive Weapons Hunter. We can place you at strategic locations and it is a good option to take a helicopter into the hunting area for tahr as this gives you more time to hunt

We will provide all bedding and equipment like rifles, shotguns and rods which can be supplied at no charge if needed. Most of the clothing and equipment may be supplied through Cabela's or the likes of Sportsmans Warehouse. See Cabela's complete catalogue online at We would be happy to assist you with your clothing and equipment lists as provided. Most ammo can be bought in New Zealand however we do recommend you bring this with you as it can be hard to get plus it is expensive.

Upgrades on your red stag included in your package are available however we will have to hunt a different area for these and this may involve more travel time. All the upgrade rates are on our rate sheet and in our brochure.

Additions are available if you wish to add additional animals or activities within the booked time frame. These are calculated separately, over and above your original contracted trip. For example, game ranch hunt for big red stags, fallow, NZ wapiti, elk or free range hunt for Tahr and chamois can easily be added to your hunt agenda, just refer to our rate sheet.


Extensions are available for extra hunting, fishing or touring days. If you would like to consider this option and would like more information, please indicate this on your contract along with the number of days you wish to add. Also please indicate your preference for rental cars, activities, attractions and accommodation. Initially, we just need to know your general wishes and can firm up details a couple of months before your trip. Trophy fees and day rates for these extra activities can be found on the rate sheet or quoted to you at the time.


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