The ultimate New Zealand hunting experience

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris has been offering  the ultimate New Zealand Hunting experience since 1993. Our guiding service is based around Red stag hunting, Tahr hunting and Chamois hunting. Outfitter Chris McCarthy is a fifth-generation Lake Hawea local, offering  genuine kiwi hospitality coupled with professionalism and attention to detail.

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris offers hunting packages for these three main game animals. We also offer New Zealand hunting for further species, South Pacific Whitetail, Fallow, Sika, South Pacific Elk, Arapawa ram, Goat and Boar. Choose from our New Zealand Hunting Packages or browse through our species offered and ask Chris to build a tailored New Zealand hunt for you.

New Zealand Hunting Species Available

Tailored New Zealand Hunting

We are a family business specialising in accommodating and guiding small groups of 1 to 6 international hunters in the mountainous regions of Otago and South Westland, South Island, New Zealand. We offer New Zealand hunting on exclusive private properties from comfortable accommodation where non hunters are welcome, or for those who like to get out on the wild side we offer the best of New Zealand’s alpine wilderness hunting from basic tent camps. We don’t have a railroad we want to force you down like some of the big guys, we would rather offer a New Zealand package that suits you, or build a hunt that suits you.

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris, Quality trophies, quality experiences.

Chris McCarthy your New Zealand outfitter and guide offers unrivalled knowledge and professionalism to help you achieve you’re hunting goals. Chris’s can do attitude and tireless work ethic is backed up by more days in the New Zealand mountains than most and a wealth of international guiding experience ranging from Asiatic Buffalo to Dall Rams.

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Client Testimonials

  • I have spent a great week of hunting with Chris and Bill which I will always keep in good memory. We managed to take a beautiful Tahr bull on day two (definitely a cracker!) of the hunt and after some rest and relaxation due to pouring rain we were successful on a nice Chamois buck on day five. Chris, I was impressed by your level of professionalism and really enjoyed hunting with you, see you next time.

    Benedikt, 2018, Germany.
    Benedikt, 2018, Germany.
  • After hunting with Chris in British Columbia in 2017 I knew I would be in good hands, we took a Mountain Goat with Archery tackle. We took a bull Tahr within 24hrs in the west coast wilderness, we then relocated for stag. Chris located a big stag on day four, Bill guided me in on the final stalk and I took the stag at 63 yards with my bow. Well done by all, a trip I will cherish.

    Jack, 2018, USA
    Jack, 2018, USA
  • I cannot recommend Chris more for his skills and experience as a hunting guide and outfitter as well as being a great communicator and teacher to myself and son in all aspects of alpine hunting . Over the last 3 years we have progressed from shooting rabbits , wallabies and hares , to shooting our first deer to trophy hunts for both red deer and tahr. Chris has always come through with access to the absolute best private and public access to make sure  we're always successful in getting our target species and having a huge amount of fun.

    Simon and Lakhan
    Simon and Lakhan
  • WOW! What a great hunt and even better people, (Casey's breakfasts are great) well exceeded my expectations, managed to get a great stag, (once in a lifetime). Chris and Casey have made a long time dream come true. Thanks for a fantastic week, very relaxing, you have a great thing going, look forward to coming back.

    Wayne, 2018, Australia
    Wayne, 2018, Australia
  • Just finished a 6 day Red stag hunt, had a wonderful time. What a privilege to hunt these Highland Otago Stags from the original blood line release. Some magnificent animals, I was pleased to have killed a 15 pointer, an old stag with lots of character. I also enjoyed the ambience and relaxing surroundings in the cottage. Many thanks to Chris and Bill, I hope to be back in 2020.

    Guy, 2018, New Zealand
    Guy, 2018, New Zealand

New Zealand Hunting Packages

Book a New Zealand 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 New Zealand hunting experience as well as a safe and comfortable one.

Our best selling hunting packages:

Red Stag, Tahr and Chamois hunting is what we do best. Red Stags are hunted on private property, Tahr and Chamois can be hunted with helicopter support, on private property or from a basic wilderness camp accessed by helicopter. Check out our most popular packages below:

5 Day Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois

New Zealand Hunting packages red stag tahr chamois and more
  • 1×1 $198000 USD, 2×1 $18500 USD
  • Red Stag 320 – 350 class, upgrade available
  • Tahr and Chamois hunted with helicopter support
  • Additional species can be added

7 Day Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois

New Zealand hunting package Red stag tahr chamois
  • 1×1 $21000 USD, 2×1 $19500 USD
  • Red Stag 320 – 350 class, upgrade available
  • Tahr and Chamois hunted free range on private property
  • Additional species can be added

10 Day Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois

Chamois buck 10 inches in winter skin
  • 1×1 $17500 USD 2×1, $15000 USD
  • Red Stag 320 – 350 class, upgrade available
  • Wilderness hunt for Tahr & Chamois
  • Helicopter access to a basic tent camp
  • Additional species can be added

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