Wilderness Hunting New Zealand

New Zealand Wilderness Hunting Safaris

Wilderness Hunting Species: Tahr - Chamois - Whitetail - Fiordland wapiti

Few people are lucky enough to experience wilderness hunting in New Zealand. The New Zealand wilderness is a place of unrivalled beauty and grandeur. Crystal clear rivers flow through bushclad valleys which rise up to exposed rock faces and snow covered tops. The wilderness of the South Island of New Zealand is a prime location for wilderness hunting safaris for whitetail deer, wapititahr and chamois

Currently there is no game management on public land in the South Island of New Zealand (wilderness hunting country) and some species are in low numbers or have poor trophy quality due to this fact. Tahr and chamois live in moderate numbers, with good trophy quality. Tahr and chamois are found in close proximity to each other, a tahr and chamois combination hunt is our most popular wilderness hunting option. Whitetail and Fiordland Wapiti are in low numbers with good trophies being hard to find. Red deer and fallow deer are best hunted on private property.

Our wilderness hunting safaris are for free range hunters who want that raw kiwi experience, this is not just a hunt its an expedition. This is as kiwi as it gets and is very similar to the way most local kiwi hunters hunt.

Helicopter access for remote wilderness hunting NZ

Wilderness Hunting Access

For remote wilderness hunting in New Zealand we fly in and out of the hunting area with our provisions by helicopter. The flight in is an awesome and spectacular way to begin your wilderness hunting safari as we track through different valleys and high mounatin passes into the Southern Alps of New Zealand. You may even get your first glimpse of an animal. On our wilderness hunting safaris there are no roads, tracks or any signs of civilisation, just pure unspoilt New Zealand wilderness. Generally the helicopter will land us right at our campsite. Walk in options for wilderness hunting safaris are available in spring, September - December but only for the very fit.

Wilderness Hunting Accommodation lodge accommodation or tented camp

Wilderness Hunting Accommodation

On our wilderness hunting safaris we hunt out of a basic tented camp. Tents are alpine quality, with air mattresses and warm sleeping bags. A cooking and sitting area is erected by means of a tarpaulin or fly. In some areas it is possible to light a fire for warmth, alternatively a gas heater is provided. Usually we can spot animals from the campsite. Wilderness hunting safari camps are as comfotable as possible with the weight restrictions we have.

Wilderness Hunting New Zealand

About Wilderness Hunting 

Wilderness hunting in New Zealand is the most challenging form of hunting we offer. As far as the hunt and experience goes this is the pinnacle of what New Zealand hunting has to offer, a true test of the hunter in the wilderness amongst the elements. Animal numbers are good in most areas. Generally we are not affected by other wilderness hunting parties, but this is a possiblity as no one in New Zealand has an exclusive hunting concession over public land.

Wilderness Hunting New Zealand Terrain

Wilderness Hunting Terrain

The terrain on our wilderness hunting safaris is steep and mountainous. We are generally hunting the alpine scrub edge and the open tops, although depending on the time of year we may be camped lower down hunting a main valley and side creeks. There are animal pads or tracks to help us get around, but footing is often uneven on wilderness hunting safaris and there are not too many areas where we can just stroll along, often climbing on all fours is needed.  


Wilderness hunting safaris NZ fitness level requirement

Fitness Level Requirement for Wilderness Hunting

A moderate to good level of fitness is required for wilderness hunting safaris in New Zealand. We can adjust the hunt to some degree to suit your fitness level as some areas are steeper than others. A good balance and an understanding of what you are physically capable of is a big help when planning your wilderness hunting safari. We will soon discern your fitness level and make sure we do not over step your personal boundaries. If you have doubts about your fitness level, a private land hunt may be a better option.

Wilderness Hunting NZ General Information

Wilderness Hunting Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris

Chris McCarthy, owner and operator of Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris, has grown up hunting the New Zealand wilderness, he has an expert knowledge of where to find animals and how to hunt them. Wilderness hunting safaris are available for the free-range hunter who wants a true blue kiwi hunting experience. Sometimes weather conditions and big country make for tough wilderness hunting, but when you do take an animal you have earned that trophy and you will remember it for the rest of your hunting days and the hunt that went with it.



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