Hunting Packages and Prices 2022-2024 Seasons

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Chris McCarthy Hunting packages and pricesWe are New Zealand’s number one free range hunting outfitter with a number of exclusive hunting areas, we offer hunting on both private and public lands. FREE RANGE to us means FREE RANGE, no fences, no grey areas, NO misinformation. Private Game estate options where trophies bigger than can naturally be grown in the wild are available, But our hunts are either free range or in a game estate, one or the other, no blurry middle ground.

Hunting Packages

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. Free range hunts on private land, private game estate hunts and wilderness 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 (private lease) 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 lodge 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. (Dip and pack fees are additional)

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: Rates in $USD.

  • Red Stag Silver Medal 320 – 350 $5950
  • Himalayan Tahr $6800
  • Alpine Chamois $6300
  • Fallow $4250
  • Whitetail?POA
  • Arapawa ram $1500
  • South pacific goat $1500
  • Boar $1400
  • Sika (North Island) $6300

Daily rate

  • 1×1 $650 2×1 $500 pp
  • Non hunter daily rate: $250
  • (daily rates not included in trophy fees above)

Red Stag Upgrades (total trophy fee)

  • 350 – 370 $6500
  • 370 – 405 $9000
  • 405 – 440 $12000
  • 440 +? POA

Fallow Upgrades

  • +$1800 for large estate buck


  • Up to 400 $11200
  • Over 400 $15000

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:

An exceptional 5 day hunt for a wild Otago Red Stag, over 45,000 acres of mountainous private land hunting on an exclusive private lease for legendary Otago stags.

These wild Otago stags are scored on the Douglas Score, which is New Zealand’s national scoring system for wild trophies as Boone and Crockett is in the USA. The main difference between the two systems is that the Douglas Score also counts a spread measurement. Record book minimum is 300, we consistently take 9-10 incredible WILD trophies each season from around 300 to 350 class. We can also score Otago stags with the SCI score.

This hunt for an Otago red stag of 300 – 350 class is the equivalent of a free range Elk hunt for a 400+ bull on private land in the USA. Tags are LIMITED to 10 Otago red stags per season, this ensures we have AT LEAST 25 mature stags roaming our free range area at the start of each season.

The Governor’s tag.

  • A special license to hunt a very special Otago stag with Chris as your personal guide. From 2024 we will be offering just 2 Governor’s tags each season. By spending a huge amount of time in the field and careful observation we have identified a handful of simply mind blowing Otago stags. The Governor’s tag will directly target these stags. price POA.  Ask Chris for the info pack on this unique opportunity.

First Class Otago Red Stag.

  • 300 class 12 – 18 points $17500
  • 320 + (POA)
  • 5 day hunt 1×1, 6 day hunt 2×1
  • Additional days 1×1 $650 2×1 $500pp
  • Additional first class stags $11250 (rare – dependent on tags remaining)

Second Class Otago Red Stag.

  • 10 – 16 points $11500
  • 5 day hunt 1×1, 6 day hunt 2×1
  • Additional days 1×1 $650 2×1 $500pp
  • Additional Second Class Stag $6000
  • Management stags priced at guides discretion

Second class stags generally missing bey / bez tines / G 2 tine (not common) or top points that are not typically set up, or both of these traits. These are generally still big framed stags that may surpass 40 inches in length, these stags are Second Class because they are not the ideal breeding stags we wish to have in our area.

Free range Tahr, Fallow buck, Chamois & wild Goat can be added to this hunt. Pigs can be shot if opportunity arises for no additional cost.

Ask for further info. We have detailed follow up information. This is undoubtedly New Zealand’s ultimate free range hunt for a wild red stag. Visit our free range Otago Red Stag page

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, $12,950.

Tahr and Chamois package hunt 2×1, 8 day hunt, $9950 pp.

Tahr or Chamois hunt – 1×1, 5 day hunt $8650, 2×1, 6 day hunt $6500 pp.

Additional Tahr or Chamois can be added to any package above POA.

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 $19800, 2×1 $18500
  • Red Stag 320 – 350 class
  • Tahr and Chamois hunt with full time helicopter support for hunt duration
  • Tahr and Chamois best available

Red Stag upgrades

  • 350 – 370 + $550
  • 370 – 405 + $3050

Further Red Stag upgrades available

Other available species

  • Fallow buck $3850
  • South Pacific goat $1500
  • Arapawa ram $1500

7 day hunt

Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois

  • 1×1 $21000, 2×1 $19500
  • Red Stag 320 – 350 class
  • Tahr and Chamois hunted on exclusive private property (free range)
  • Tahr and Chamois best available

Red Stag upgrades

  • 350 ? 370 + $550
  • 370 – 405 + $3050

Further Red Stag upgrades available

Other available species

  • Fallow buck $3850
  • South Pacific goat $1500
  • Arapawa ram $1500

10 day hunt

Red Stag + Tahr & Chamois

  • 1×1 $18500 2×1 $16000
  • Red Stag 320 – 350 class
  • Wilderness Tahr and Chamois hunt helicopter access to a basic tent camp
  • Tahr and Chamois best available

Red Stag upgrades

  • 350 – 370 + $550
  • 370 – 405 + $3050

Further Red Stag upgrades available

Other available species

  • Fallow buck $3850
  • South Pacific goat $1500
  • Arapawa ram $1500

South Island Slam 9 Species Hunt

Red stag (up to 350), Tahr & Chamois (helicopter support), Fallow, Elk (up to 400), Whitetail, Goat, Ram, Boar.

12 hunting days, additional days and upgrades available, we can tailor this hunt to suit you from $49,995.

Add North Island Species: Sika, Sambar, Rusa to create a 12 species New Zealand Slam. POA.

Helicopter Support Hunts

(Wilderness hunting with full time helicopter support)

  • Himalayan Tahr $6000
  • Alpine Chamois $5800

Rates include some flying time, additional flying time $1,750 per hour.

Prices are subject to change.

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


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Deposit Policy

A deposit of 50% is required to book one of our hunting packages, deposits are non refundable.

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 $250 hunt duration.
  • Export tag fee of $60 per trophy.

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.