Otago Red Stag Trails 4×4 adventure

Retracing the golden years of Otago red stag hunting.

A new opportunity from Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris, 4x4ing into the mountains and back in time. With professional guide Chris McCarthy and Professional Photographer Steve Couper. This is an epic photographic Adventure.


This is an incredible opportunity to explore and experience some of the traditional valleys, mountains, lakes, rivers and hunting grounds where the Otago red stags first began to earn their fame. Observe these wild deer in their natural environment, camp out in back country huts and traditional tent camps and leave your footprints where New Zealand hunting legends left theirs, in the halcyon days of Otago red stag hunting 100 years before.

Spend your first evening of this adventure in Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris exclusive, private hunting area, within the traditional range of the Otago herd, glassing and observing wild Otago red deer, including stags. It may be possible to stalk and hunt deer. Visit the liberation point of the Otago herd 1871, visit other prime, picturesque locations around the Lake Hawea region, staying in backcountry cabins and traditional style tent camps, with vehicle support. Learn about famous Otago red stags, or if you know your history, visit some of the many valley’s, campsites, and famous locations you’ve read about.

This is primarily a photographic safari. Some hunting can be added to this package, ask about this.


Chris as head guide.
Professional photographer Steve Couper stevecouperphotography.co.nz will photograph your adventure. All clients will be sent a professional, comprehensive range of photographs so you can take home your own memories.
History of the traditional area’s you will visit, info about the early hunters of the halcyon days and the Otago red stag trophies taken.
All meals and accommodation, (tent or cabin accommodation while in the mountains).
Airport pick up and return, Queenstown airport, South Island, NZ (if needed).
Binoculars can be hired if you do not have them.
It is preferred you bring your own sleeping bag and air mattress (these items can be provided, or depending on the itinerary we can provide an adventure with normal bedding).

Minimum private group size: 3 people min, 7 people max, for groups of 4-7 people an additional guide and vehicle will be provided. New clients welcome, or if you’re one of our existing clients it may be a case of talking to other hunters you have met while in camp at Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris and organising a group. Or talking to other hunters who are just as passionate about the Otago red stag and the Otago red stag story / history as you are.

Single and couple stand-alone bookings are available but cost of 3 people will be incurred, no you will not be placed with others, you will have this adventure to yourself. We do not offer single / couple bookings to become part of a larger group, experience has taught us otherwise.


Additional days / nights: Easily added to explore further, this package can be tailored to your liking.

Helicopter flight around some of the famous valleys the Otago herd inhabits, Hunter Valley, Landsborough Valley, Makarora Valley, Wilkin Valley.

Aeroplane flight into Makarora Valley / Landsborough Valley.

Landings and lunch in the backcountry can be added to all flights.

Suitability: Suitable for all fitness levels and ages.

Services: Comfortable tent camps and cabins, wholesome meals.

Availability: November, December, January, February.

Contact Chris McCarthy, Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris for pricing, availability and further info:
Ph: +64 27 3490 393, chris@hawea-hunting.co.nz

You may also be interested in our: