We are New Zealand’s number one free range hunting outfitter offering a number of hunting packages on both public and private land.

Hunting Packages and Prices 2019 Season

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris is dedicated to providing hunting packages of the highest standard, ‘quality trophies and quality experiences’ is what we are about. Chris McCarthy is an experienced outfitter and guide and is held in extremely high regard in New Zealand hunting circles. With an experienced guide, spectacular hunting grounds, comfortable accommodation, multiple game species and different hunting options, Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris will build a hunting package that suits you!

Hunting options

We offer three hunting options. wilderness hunts, free range hunts on private land, or private game estate hunts. Single species hunts are available and combination hunts are what we do best. We have a wide range of species available and a hunt option to suit you. We own our lodge and property, but we also work with other properties totaling 250,000 acres of private land hunting, many of these properties we have sole access agreements with. We also have a public land concession for wilderness hunts.

Unrivaled number of repeat hunters

We are very proud of our high repeat hunter rate, with over 50% of our clientele made up of repeat hunters each season.

Included in all Hunting Packages and Prices

Comfortable lodge accommodation on pick up day and the night of the last hunting day, on all hunts. Accommodation then varies from the lodge, to cabins and tent camps depending on the type of hunt booked. Generally estate hunts are run from the lodge and free range hunts are run from cabin and tent accommodation, however we can run free range hunts from the lodge.

  • 4×4 access on private land hunts, helicopter access on wilderness hunts.
  • Airport pick up and return ex Queenstown, South Island, NZ.
  • All meals & accommodations, professional guide, beer and wine.
  • Sight in session at our range on pick up day.
  • A copy of photos and video footage (Chris is a keen photographer and videographer) all photo’s and videos are copied to USB for you to take home.
  • Professional kiwi guide – genuine kiwi hospitality.
  • Caping and care of trophies.

What’s our main point of difference?

We have free range hunting options available and we can build a package hunt to suit you.

We have access to all animals below within close proximity to our lodge:

  • Red Stag Silver Medal 310 – 350 $7500 NZD ($5250 USD)
  • Himalayan Tahr $7200 NZD ($5000 USD)
  • Alpine Chamois $7200 NZD ($5000 USD)
  • Fallow $5500 NZD ($3850 USD)
  • Whitetail POA
  • Arapawa ram $2150 NZD ($1500 USD)
  • South pacific goat $2150 NZD ($1500 USD)
  • Boar $1700 NZD ($1200 USD)
  • Sika (North Island) $7200 ($5000 USD)

Daily rate

  • 1×1 $845 NZD ($590 USD) 2×1, $595 ($415 USD)
  • Non hunter daily rate: $295 NZD ($220 USD)

Red Stag Upgrades

  • 350 – 370 $9000 NZD ($6300 USD)
  • 370 – 405 $12000 NZD ($8400 USD)
  • 405 – 440 $16000 NZD ($11,000 USD)
  • 440 +  POA
  • Management Stag up to 310 POA

Fallow Upgrades

  • +$1700 NZD ($1200) USD for large estate buck

Elk/Wapiti

  • Up to 400 $13500 NZD ($9450 USD)
  • Over 400 $16000 NZD ($11200 USD)

Chris can tailor your hunt package from the species listed above.

Five days required for a single species hunt 1×1, 6 days 2×1, additional trophies can be taken within the 5 days, but we generally advise to book 1-2 extra days per additional species wanted.

Alternatively you can choose from one of our best selling hunting packages below:

Free Range Otago Red Stag:

(these wild stags are scored on the Douglas Score)

  • 300 class 12 – 16 points $9750 NZD ($6800 USD)
  • 320 + (rare) additional $2500 NZD ($1750 USD)
  • Daily rate 1×1 $845 NZD ($590 USD) 2×1, $595 ($415 USD)

Management Stags at guides discretion usually 12 -16 points missing bey tines POA.

An exceptional 5-6 day hunt for a wild Otago Red Stag, over 50,000 acres of mountainous private land hunting for legendary Otago stags. Ask for further info. We have detailed follow up information. We encourage our hunters to also take a management stag as part of managing this unique wild herd, the philosophy being that one poorer stag comes out of the gene pool for every trophy stag taken.

Wilderness hunts for Tahr and Chamois (on our public land concession).

Helicopter access included in wilderness rates, tented camp while hunting.

Tahr and Chamois package hunt 1×1, 7 day hunt, $15,000 NZD ($10,450 USD)

Tahr and Chamois package hunt 2×1, 8 day hunt, $11,500 NZD ($8000 USD) PP.

Or a Single species hunt with the option of your second animal for a trophy fee

Tahr 5 day Hunt – 1×1 $9500 NZD ($6650 USD)
For a helicopter moving fee of $1,500 NZD ($1050 USD) additional species available:
– Chamois $5000 NZD ($3500 USD)

Chamois 5 day hunt 1×1 $9500 NZD ($6650 USD)
For a helicopter moving fee of $1,500 NZD ($1050 USD) additional species available:
– Tahr $5000 ($3500 USD)

Tahr or Chamois 6 day Hunt, 2×1 $7000 NZD ($4900 USD) PP
For a helicopter moving fee of $1,500 ($1050 USD) – split between two – additional species available:
– Tahr or Chamois $5000 NZD ($3500 USD)

Wilderness Whitetail and Chamois 8 Day Backpack Hunt – POA

Hunting Packages 3-6 species

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.

5 day hunt

Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois 

  • 1×1 16,650 USD, 2×1 15,800 USD
  • Red Stag 310 – 350 class
  • Tahr and Chamois hunt with full time helicopter support for hunt duration
  • Tahr and Chamois best available

Red Stag upgrades

  • 350 – 370 + $1050 (USD)
  • 370 – 405 + $3150 (USD)

Further Red Stag upgrades available

Other available species

  • Fallow buck $3850 (USD)
  • South Pacific goat $1500 (USD)
  • Arapawa ram $1500 (USD)

7 day hunt

Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois

  • 1×1 $18,900 USD, 2×1 17,650 USD
  • Red Stag 310 – 350 class
  • Tahr and Chamois hunted on exclusive private property (free range)
  • Tahr and Chamois best available

Red Stag upgrades

  • 350 – 370 + $1050 (USD)
  • 370 – 405 + $3150 (USD)

Further Red Stag upgrades available

Other available species

  • Fallow buck $3850 (USD)
  • South Pacific goat $1500 (USD)
  • Arapawa ram $1500 (USD)

10 day hunt

Red Stag  + Tahr & Chamois

  • 1×1 $16,950 USD 2×1 $14,000 USD
  • Red Stag 310 – 350 class
  • Wilderness Tahr and Chamois hunt helicopter access to a basic tent camp
  • Tahr and Chamois best available

Red Stag upgrades

  • 350 – 370 + $1050 (USD)
  • 370 – 405 + $3150 (USD)

Further Red Stag upgrades available

Other available species

  • Fallow buck $3850 (USD)
  • South Pacific goat $1500 (USD)
  • Arapawa ram $1500 (USD)

Helicopter Support Hunts

(Wilderness hunting with full time helicopter support)

  • Himalayan Tahr $7200 NZD ($5000 USD)
  • Alpine Chamois $7200 NZD ($5000 USD)
  • Tahr & Chamois combo $13,700 NZD ($8950 USD)

Rates include some flying time, additional flying time $2650 NZD ($1,750 USD) per hour.

Make An Enquiry:

Please contact us for further information we aim to respond within 24 hours. This may be stretched a little during our main hunting season February – July.

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris:

Phone: + 64 3 443 7282

Mobile: + 64 27 349 0393

Email: chris@hawea-hunting.co.nz

Deposit Policy

A deposit of 50% is required to book one of our hunting packages.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation within 3 months of the start date of your hunting safari will result in forfeiture of deposit.

Not included

  • Personal, property, travel insurance
  • Compensation for hunting time lost due to bad weather
  • Preparation of trophies for export, export documents, plywood crate, freighting of trophies, (Ask for this information).
  • Rifle hire $175 NZD ($120 USD) hunt duration.

In brief:

Wilderness: = adventure style hunting, helicopter access, tented camp.

Private land: = high animal numbers, high success rates, wild free ranging animals on exclusive private property, cabin or lodge accommodation.