New Zealand Family Hunting Trip & Touring
Your New Zealand family hunting trip will take place on this 4,500 acre high-country station and private game estate located in the central South Island of New Zealand in the beautiful Canterbury high country. The largest registered hunting property in New Zealand. Family-owned and operated since the early 1970s, this exclusive property offers unique hunting and tourism experiences for discerning adventurers seeking a personal touch. Whether you seek to hunt a trophy red stag, Himalayan tahr, Chamois, Fallow, Arapawa ram or simply to take in the ambiance of the majestic game animals in a natural, wide-open space, the game estate is a great place to spend some quality time and have a challenging hunting experience.
Their reputation is forged on the quality of their land, animals and facilities but most importantly, their commitment to provide you with an experience you will never forget. Their greatest reward is for you to leave the exclusive estate with a hunting experience they can’t wait to share – a yarn to spin to their mates, bragging rights in the pub, a tale to impress their colleagues…more than just a trophy.
Fishing offered by the lodge is second to none in New Zealand. You take advantage of the personal services of one of the island’s finest fishing host/guides.
Reputation and client satisfaction are of utmost importance. To sum it all up, your family will love this family and they will cater to your every need. With a minimum booking, you may enjoy this lodge exclusively for your group.
For those that want a variety of activity, they offer a hunt, snow ski, and tour package! Ski with a world ranked extreme skier in the famous New Zealand back country, ski private ski slopes, or learn to ski for the first time. How many people can say they learned to ski in New Zealand? Touring activities such as horseback riding, golf, heli-skiing, helicopter touring, hiking, spa, and quaint town exploring are endless as well. See the full list under the “activities” tab.
Outstanding fishing adventures in prime rivers and streams in the area accessible by four wheel drive vehicle and heli access! Even more amazing combine hunting, fishing and numerous eco adventures.
AGE APPROPRIATE: 8 yrs and older. Baby sitters are available should you wish to bring younger children on this experience vacation.
Accommodations & Meals
They believe in the approach that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. They are proud to present a full range of lodgings to guests, to best serve their individual requirements. Depending on preference, guests can choose from an award-winning golf resort with exclusive guesthouses or a luxury lodge. Included as part of your experience, they will look after all your accommodations and transfers.
For those seeking a truly authentic bush experience, you can stay one night or even more in a traditional hunters’ bush hut in the furthest reaches of the game estate. Equipped with hot water, an outside shower, outside facilities, and separate guide’s quarters, it is otherwise true to the type of lodgings utilized by New Zealand’s original deer hunters. Enjoying an evening chat over a drink by the huge stone fireplace at the end of a good day hunting, while venison cooks on the barbecue is one of the great pleasures of hunting. You will have exclusive use of the hut for your stay.
It is no secret that New Zealand offers some of the best trout & salmon fishing in one of the world’s most spectacular locations. If you are considering coming to New Zealand to hunt and happen to enjoy the feeling of a fat trout on the end of your fly rod at the same time, then no trip prior to May should be considered without entertaining the option of some of our superb local fishing.
Fly-fishing and hunting go hand-in-hand in New Zealand. This location in the central Canterbury high country, strapped between the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers, means they are in prime fishing country. Untouched mountain streams, clear alpine lakes, wide, braided river systems and fast flowing narrow gorges offer a wide variety of challenges for the avid angler.
This outfitter employs specialist fly-fishing guides. Utilizing four-wheel-drive vehicles, jet boats and helicopters, they are experts in accessing, locating and putting you in the position to make that vital cast. Then it is up to you! The team is dedicated to ensuring you go home with some fine stories with the photos to prove them.
Should you shoot your animals early and assuming the fishing guides are available, you can add fishing to your package at no additional expense for the extra days left on your trip. They consider fishing an even swap for unused hunting days.
Over twenty years’ of active management has enabled this outfitter to build high-quality herds of trophy red stags and other game species while striking a balance with the natural environment and ecology of the hunting area.
Depending on what you seek to harvest, we recommend you allow at least two to three days per species for the hunting component of your trip or longer if you plan to seek the additional alpine species such as tahr and chamois.
All of New Zealand’s game animals were introduced over the past two hundred years by European settlers who sought to replicate aspects of their homelands in islands previously inhabited by birds alone. The effect of animals – domestic, farmed and wild – on this environment has been huge, but nowadays environmental impact is a very important consideration. Their game animals are carefully managed to provide the best possible trophies and hunter experience with minimal environmental impact.
Ever since deer were introduced to New Zealand, this elite estate has enjoyed a reputation for the pursuit of one species in particular- the majestic Red Stag. First liberated in the Rakaia river valley in 1897, the famous ‘Rakaia Red’ bloodline provides the modern hunter with a magnificent challenge and rich rewards. The game herd is based on the Rakaia bloodline and has been managed for over thirty years to produce superior trophies. Rakaia Premium stags are the elite animals produced annually through their game-management practices and availability is thus very limited.
In addition, they also have Fallow Buck, Wapiti (Elk), Chamois, Arapawa Ram, Wild Boar and Alpine Goat roaming the estate, each presenting a unique and different challenge to the hunter. Small game such as rabbits, hares, possums and game birds including mallard ducks, paradise ducks, Canadian geese and black swans abound and are all be included in your experience.
For hunters who wish to further experience New Zealand’s magnificent environment, the outfitter can organize fully free-range wilderness hunts for Red Stags on over fifty thousand acres of private land. New Zealand’s other large game species, Himalayan Tahr and Chamois are available in the surrounding alpine ranges. Utilizing helicopters to assist initial access, hunting is otherwise accomplished on foot. Free-range wilderness hunts will give the hunter a true experience of the magnificence and grandeur of New Zealand’s alpine scenery and superb wildlife.
Archery hunters are welcome and enjoy high success in the area.
Observers aren’t just welcome – they are an absolute priority! To prove this, we have developed a range of activities available on-site, a short drive or a full day-trip from the lodge. Prices are on application as many can and do change frequently. They also depend on numbers and duration, so please let us know what interests you.
These activities are available on-site and do not require additional guiding or transport. Actual activity costs are available on request and will be charged on the final invoice.
Golf: Play a round at the 18-hole championship course at Terrace Downs Resort.
Scenic Walks: Walk the spectacular 10km / 6 mile Rakaia Gorge Walkway from the lodge.
Sporting Clays: Try your hand at clay target shooting with professional instruction and coaching.
Archery: Not the hunting kind, but rather recurve bows at fixed targets Robin Hood style.
Tennis: Make use of the two premium all-weather courts a short walk from the lodge.
Spa: Relax with a massage or rejuvenating spa treatment at the resort’s spa.
Heli Biking: Enjoy a day of spectacular flying and biking through incredible alpine scenery.
Heli Hike: Fly to a high ridge, hiking its length to ever changing views and a picnic lunch.
Heli Glacier: Take a helicopter over untouched icefields with a picnic lunch ‘ way out the back’.
These activities involve a short drive from the lodge, priced depending on distance. Actual activity costs are available on request and will be charged on the final invoice.
Horse Riding: Ride a horse through classic Canterbury farming country on a guided trek.
Jet Boating: A fast boat trip up the Rakaia Gorge that is both exciting and scenic at once.
Sky Diving: Jump a plane at 12,000 or 15,000 feet over stunning South Island scenery.
Guided Walks: Travel a little farther afield with our guides for amazing local hikes.
Hot Air Ballooning: Experience the utter stillness and exhilaration of a scenic country balloon flight.
Fly fishing: Cast a fly or nymph for a trophy brown or rainbow trout with one of our guides.
Salmon Fishing: Chase beautiful King Salmon in the Rakaia River with a Jet Boat tour thrown in!
Daily Guided Trips and Adventures
These require a guide and vehicle for a day, priced depending on distance. Actual activity
costs are available on request and will be charged on the final invoice.
See the Farm Tour: Farming operation and hunting estate with a barbecue hut lunch.
Wine Tour: Experience some of Canterbury’s best wines on our scenic Waipara winery tour.
Akaroa Tour: Canterbury’s charming French seaside colony with art, shopping and cafes.
Christchurch: Food, shopping, history and earthquake damage characterize the local city.
Canyoning: Abseil, jump and rappel while you experience the awesome sport of canyoning.
Scenic drives: Join us for a scenic drive to local attractions, landmarks and movie locations.
Garden Visits: Visit private homesteads and their spectacular gardens of friends of your hosts.
Shopping: Take a tour of the finest local arts, crafts, fashion and food establishments.
4×4 Adventures: Go off-road with experienced drivers through beautiful private land and farms.
Rafting: Raft the mighty Rangitata Gorge complete with Grade 5 + whitewater rapids.
Deep Sea Fishing: Take a private charter boat off the East Coast for a day of incredible seafood.
Salmon Fishing: Visit the town of Tekapo and the Hydro Canals to catch a big King Salmon.
Whale Watching: Take a day trip to Kaikoura to observe huge Humpback Whales up close.
Dolphin Swim: Swim with the rare Hector’s Dolphins out of beautiful Akaroa Harbour.
TranzAlpine Train: One of the world’s great train journeys, through the Alps to the West Coast.
Hanmer Hot Pools: Experience the geothermal marvels of North Canterbury at Hanmer Springs.
Guided Skiing: If you’re here in our winter, we can take you skiing at six diverse ski areas.
Heli Skiing: We have New Zealand’s best big-mountain heli-skiing right on our doorstep.
There is a lot more that we haven’t listed here – Canterbury is a big, diverse province with a huge amount to offer the intrepid traveler. If there is something that you, your spouse or a member of your party really wants to do, just let us know. We have plenty of connections at High Peak and we’ll dig deep to find something you will love.
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Packages begin at $6,500 and include lodging, meals and guides.
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Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!