The ultimate New Zealand hunting experience

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris has been offering  the ultimate New Zealand Hunting experience since 1993. Welcome to New Zealand hunting as it should be. Our guiding service is based around Red stag hunting Fallow buck 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 four main game animals. We also offer New Zealand hunting for further species, South Pacific Whitetail, 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.

We’re visiting the USA in 2025!

Lets talk about your New Zealand Hunt in person

Find out how Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris is different:

Dallas Safari Club
9 -12 Jan, Dallas:

Safari Club International
22 Jan – 25 Jan, Nashville:

The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo
13 -16 Feb, Salt Lake City:


Governor’s Tag Auction 2026

Secure a special licence to hunt a very special Otago stag with Chris as your personal guide. We have only one Governor’s tag available each season.

New Book – Otago Red Stags

Chris’s new book, tipped by critics as being the best New Zealand hunting book published for 40 years – secure your copy now.

New Zealand Hunting Species Available

Tailored New Zealand Hunting

We are a family business specialising in accommodating and guiding 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 can tailor a New Zealand hunting package 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 your 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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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, robust landowner agreements, hunting leases and rights of access. 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, Fallow Buck, Tahr and Chamois hunting is what we do best. Red Stags and Fallow Bucks 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 $25500 USD, 2×1 $22000 USD
  • Red Stag up to 370 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 $28000 USD, 2×1 $25500 USD
  • Red Stag up to 370 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 $27000 USD 2×1, $22500 USD
  • Red Stag 370 class, upgrade available
  • Wilderness hunt for Tahr & Chamois
  • Helicopter access to a basic tent camp
  • Additional species can be added

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