New Zealand Safari Hunt Tahr and Red Stag Combo Hunt
This can be a red stag, tahr combo or a red stag, tarh, chamois combo hunt. The choice is yours.
The Southern Alps of New Zealand are some of the most remote, rugged and visually stunning landscapes Earth has to offer. The outfitters have spent their entire hunting the region, learning what it takes to make our hunters successful. This premier outfitter can tailor this New Zealand safari for virtually any fitness level. The stag hunting will be less physically demanding than tahr hunting.
This New Zealand safari takes place in some of the most visually stunning and dramatic scenery in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
- This outfitter is well known for consistently harvesting only truly mature trophy animals. The stag quality is VERY good and the hunting will be exciting.
- This is a free range hunt, but if you choose, you can upgrade to an estate hunt for your stag.
- You’ll land the helicopter and set up a comfortable tent camp with high quality equipment.
- Working closely with local helicopter companies, they have preferential and reserved landing options for our New Zealand safari hunts.
- You’ll eat good wholesome meals and drink quality refreshments even in the mountain tent camps.
- Virtually every level of fitness can be catered to.
- Our combo hunts in New Zealand have a high success rate, with 100% of our hunters having a realistic opportunity to date.
The best time to do a New Zealand safari hunt.
The best time to go really depends on what species you’re hunting because you can find hard antlered trophies practically year around. However, the main hunting season in New Zealand is from late February through the beginning of August. During this time the red stag and fallow deer will have hard antlers. The red stag rut starts in mid March, and in April the fallow rut begins. For tahr and chamois, the best time to go is between May and August.
Departing from the home base in Wanaka, you’ll make the short drive to meet the helicopter and get a lift into where you’ll be doing your New Zealand safari. At that point, your guide will set up a very comfortable tent camp. Often, you’ll spot numerous animals directly from camp on the first evening.
From camp, you’ll hunt daily, walking to various locations the guides knows that hold quality animals. Being very selective you’ll look over numerous animals, assessing their age and horn length until deciding on just the right bull and/or buck to stalk. Then we shift focus to hunting daily from our high quality Wanaka lodging to hunt the majestic red stag. Once successful, your guide will contact the pilot for a pickup for the flight back to the main lodge.
Tagging out doesn’t mean your New Zealand safari is over!
Once you’ve tagged out and you’re back at the lodge, you can choose to either continue hunting for the numerous other big game species, or do something entirely different. The outfitter offers some great wingshooting, legendary New Zealand fly fishing, jet boating in their private jet boat, or any combination of those from our private cabin in the rainforest of the West Coast.
They also have numerous sightseeing opportunities around the resort town of Wanaka. The goal for your New Zealand safari is that you never have a dull moment. They truly enjoy showing you all that New Zealand has to offer.
New Zealand Safari Hunting Includes:
- We have two New Zealand Safari Packages to choose from:
- 1 trophy red stag up to 360 SCI and 1 trophy bull tahr
- 1 trophy red stag up to 360 SCI, 1 trophy bull tahr and 1 trophy chamois
- Helicopter costs for one pickup and dropoff.
- All airport transfers.
- Professional guiding.
- Lodging and camping equipment.
- Use of the outfitters custom carbon rifles if needed.
- Accommodation in the outfitters home base of Wanaka if needed.
- Trophy preparation and transport to the expeditor.
- High quality photography throughout your hunt.
- Quality food and beverages on the mountain and off.
- Upon your arrival, the outfitter will help you organize your hunting permit.
- Travel to Queenstown, New Zealand and back home.
- Taxidermy and expediting costs, although they will facilitate this for you.
- Please protect your trip with Travel Insurance
- Tips for your guide and staff.
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Lodging and Accommodations
Lodging on your New Zealand safari will vary based on the area and species you are hunting.
On tahr and hunts, you’ll probably be staying in a tent camp, but possibly a private cabin. Camp will be simple, but sufficient. If you’re hunting out of Wanaka, you’ll be staying in a high end lakefront lodge within easy walking distance of the town center.
Throughout your New Zealand safari, you’ll be enjoying quality homestyle food whether you’re at the lodge or on the mountain, with a focus on local dishes. They can cater to any dietary requirements you may have.
- For safety reasons, they like to stick to 1:1 or 2:2 guiding.
- The outfitters will handle every aspect of your tour personally.
- They will handle the pack out of your trophies, although you’re more than welcome to help.
- They have extensive experience guiding hunters in the alpine, and hold many advanced qualifications such as First Aid, Snow Safety etc.
For your New Zealand safari, you’ll fly commercially to the Queenstown Airport.
Flights from the US and Canada arrive in Auckland and from there a regional flight is taken from Auckland to Queenstown. You’ll be picked by one of the outfitters at the airport and driven to the home base in Wanaka. You may also choose a rental car and travel to Wanaka independently. We suggest arriving a few days early to overcome jet lag and become acclimated to the climate so you are fully prepared for your hunt.
Departing from the home base in Wanaka, you’ll make the short drive to camp or meet the helicopter and get a lift into where you’ll be hunting. Once successful on your tahr and red stag combo hunt, you’ll head back down to Wanaka to continue with your New Zealand adventure.
Firearm Import into New Zealand
Please make sure you apply to import your rifle at least one month prior to your departure!
Included in your trophy fee is all field preparation and transport to the expediter. From there, the expediter will facilitate export to your home country. Please note you are responsible for all expediting costs.
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Here is all you really need to bring for a fully guided New Zealand tahr and red stag combo hunt:
- Firearms – click here for information about importing your weapon, we also recommend bringing 40 round of ammunition.
- Boots – make sure they are properly worn in and cleaned. If your boots are messy with soil fragments they may not clear customs.
- Waterproof gear and rain gear – it’s possible to see rain or snow in any season. Be prepared and stay comfortable.
- Binoculars – You’ll spend a lot of time behind the glass.
Suggested Gear List for a Mountain Hunt
Remember, on most mountain hunts you’ll be on the move, might even be spiking out, and you’ll want to go light.
If you stick to this gear list, you’ll have everything you need on your hunt. If you’re on a guided hunt, your outfitter will provide a Satellite phone, or an Inreach for emergencies, and a first aid kit. Also, food, stove, fuel, water filters and tents will be provided on a guided hunt.
You may have other items on this list that you want to bring. Please bring anything you think you may need but remember the highest luxury on a mountain hunt is lightweight. Keeping your pack light for day trips or hikes to spike camps will make your hunt much easier and more enjoyable than any heavy luxury item you may desire. If you show up with a very heavy load, your guide will likely have a culling session with you and your gear. Any items that are not needed in spike camps may be left at a base camp.
Do not take cotton! Use synthetic or wool clothing ONLY.
- Good, sturdy mountain boots: We recommend Lowa Hunter EVO, Scarpa Wrangell, LaSportiva Glacier, Kennetrek, Hoffman, Zamberlain, Lathrop and Sons. Please DO NOT show up with brand new boots, break them in. Even if it is just wearing them for a few weeks in your daily routine.
- Socks: 3 pairs high quality wool socks.
- Sock Liners: 3 pair Wigwam Gobis®™
- Duct Tape: 1 – 10 feet of Duct tape VERY IMPORTANT!! Apply Duct tape (regular duct tape, not gorilla tape or other thicker brands) to any “hot spot” or sore area; directly to your skin, BEFORE you get blisters. This is a proven method, far superior to moleskin or other blister remedies. Blisters can ruin your hunt, DO NOT wait for a convenient location to stop, do it as soon as you feel anything uncomfortable.
- Long Underwear: (light weight) 1 top, 1 bottom; wool or synthetic
- Long Underwear: (mid-weight) 1 top, 1 bottom; wool or synthetic
- Pants: 1 pair durable synthetic or Schoeller fabric equivalent.
- Shirt: (midweight) 1 Long sleeve, wool or synthetic
- Jacket: Fleece
- Raingear: Lightweight jacket and pants or bibs.
- Overcoat: Synthetic parka with hood.
- Gloves: 1 pair wool or fleece
- Hat: wool or fleece
- Gaiters: 1 pair of Outdoor Research gaiters or equivalent.
- Gore Tex fly fishing waders with high quality wading boots (important for crossing shallow streams on hunts in Alaska).
- Water Bottles: 2 32 oz. H2O Bottles
- Sleeping pad: 1 Thermarest Ridgerest or Neo Air.
- Sleeping Bag: 0°ƒ Synthetic filled mummy bag.
- Binoculars: 10×42
- UV Sunglasses
- Trekking poles
- Backpack: frame or internal frame pack 5,500 cubic inches.
- Lightweight Dry Bags for gear.
- Kahtoola Microspikes
- Game bags
- Handheld GPS unit
- Lens cleaner
- 1 Liter water bottle
- Bic lighter
- Spotting Scope with Tripod
- Rubber gloves
- Hunting License, Permit Paperwork, and Locking Tag (if needed)
- Travel clothes
- Taxidermist shipping tags
- Camp shoes
- Toiletries: medication, toothbrush, small toothpaste, sunscreen, sunglasses etc.
Cash for Tips
A tip is a reward for a job well done. It is considered customary in the guiding industry as it is in the restaurant industry.
Please tip on the effort of your guide, not necessarily the quality of your trophy. A tip of 10% is standard for a good job, slightly less for a satisfactory job. If you feel your guide has done a very poor job, do not tip them, and discuss it with your outfitter. Please feel free to openly discuss tipping with your guide. Most guides use the best equipment they can afford at their income level. Cash is generally preferred but if you want to use an item (rifle, binoculars, clothing etc) as a tip or portion of a tip please discuss it with your guide first.
Set a self imposed yardage limit based upon your shooting ability that you are confident you can hit an 8” circle 99% of the time in hunting conditions.
Share this limit with your guide, stick to that limit. You can almost always get closer with some effort. There are many variables in mountain hunting; wind, shot angle, and animal movements make long range shooting extremely unpredictable. If you arrive with a limit of 800 yards and have less than 5 years of service with Spec Ops or a sniper team, your guide will impose a realistic limit for you (likely around 400 yards) Make every possible effort for clean, first shot kill. Long range shooting classes are highly recommended but do not make up for thousands of rounds of real world practice required to shoot extreme distances.)