New Zealand Hunting at its best

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris has been offering New Zealand Hunting since 1993. New Zealand hunting and our guiding service is based around Red stag huntingtahr hunting and chamois hunting, Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris offers hunting packages for these three main game animals plus further New Zealand hunting species, Whitetail, Fallow, Sika, Elk, Awapara ram, Goat, Boar and small game. With our detailed follow up info we can lay out all the options and make sure you know which New Zealand hunting package is right for you.

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New Zealand Hunting Packages

Adventurous wilderness hunting packages or exclusive private land hunting packages, we can make it happen with our enthusiastic, experienced and professional team and our no surprises all smiles way of operating. We will build a New Zealand hunting package that suits you.

Tom Edgley with his New Zealand red stag, guided by Outfitter Chris McCarthy

New Zealand Hunting - Our strengths

Free-range New Zealand hunting for tahr, chamois, fallow and free-range red stags. We are one of the few outfitters left in New Zealand hunting offering traditional free-range hunting. Chris McCarthy your New Zealand hunting Outfitter and guide offers unrivalled knowledge and professionalism to help you achieve your hunting goals. With Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris you can also hunt estate animals as big as anyone else in the country can offer, but we have the unique option of being able to offer genuine free-range New Zealand hunting as well.

New Zealand Hunting - View our DVD below


Book a hunting package with Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris in the knowledge that we hold a Department of Conservation approved concession. We are proud members of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and associate members of the New Zealand Tourism Association.


Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris' objective is for everyone to have an enjoyable and successful hunting experience, as well as a safe and comfortable one.


2016 three species special

Red stag - tahr & chamois

or fallow - click for details


What our clients say..

Another master class hunt by Chris McCarthy, second trip second 13 point stag. This stag was over 42 inches long with a Douglas Score of 300+. Absolute privilege to learn from the man. Gary Innis, Australia, April 2015. 

My first trip to NZ. I have hunted for many years and guided many hunters and my tahr hunt has been among the best. The animals and the country have been beautiful, but the people have been the best. All I can say about Chris McCarthy is that it's a pleasure to step into the woods with the man. Chad Bedell, Steamboat, Colorado, USA.

Great time hunting and experiencing how Chris runs Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris, very well run and good times all round - Ben Tumata, Big Game Hunter New Zealand website. May 2013

The hunting is just like being out with good mates, the service is outstanding the guys went above and beyond to get the job done. Clinton Bell, Australia, October 2012.

3rd time round and still loving it! Monster 12 point red. Chris is now a great mate, not just a guide. Thanks to Bronwyn for looking after us, see you next time. Alex Hoppen, Australia, April 2012.


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