New Zealand Hunting – Marlborough
This New Zealand hunting lodge is nestled on 9,000 privately owned acres in the heart of Marlborough high country in the northern part of the South Island. This outfitter provides a gateway to the New Zealand back country and an opportunity to capture the real New Zealand. Game available includes Red Stag, Elk, Himalayan Tahr, Chamois, wild Goat, Arapawa Ram, Fallow Deer, Turkey, Wallaby, waterfowl, and upland hunting. Beyond their 9,000 acres they have elite access to tens of thousands of acres of free range land for Chamois and Tahr.
Central to New Zealand, Marlborough is the gateway to the North and South Islands. Built on a reputation of world class wine estates and exquisite seafood the Marlborough region is a must-see destination. Regular holders of sunniest town in New Zealand, Marlborough boast a settled temperate climate making it the perfect destination for the outdoor adventurer.
You and/or your group will enjoy exclusive use of 9,000 acres of prime hunting land inclusive of a 2,000 acre preserve and 7,000 acres of productive free-range hunting. The two bedroom well-appointed lodge will also be yours to enjoy exclusively.
Preserve hunting here is without compare. Unique to New Zealand hunting, this outfitter hunts an enclosed area on some of the most prime vegetation land. Why is this important? The majority of the game in the preserve is a natural fully self-sustaining herd. Which to the hunter means that the game is not domesticated providing for a challenging and rewarding hunt.
For the groups where hunters and non-shooters mix, a dedicated guide will ensure that the entire group enjoys engaging adventures.
Accommodations & Meals
Secluded without being isolated the lodge is the perfectly located in Marlborough country less than an hour from Blenheim and Picton making for a perfect combination adventure of hunting and touring.
The lodge is set along a lovely creek in the valley with a beautiful view on the hunting property.
The lodge features two private bedrooms with private baths and a den with large windows overlooking the creek below.
You and your group will enjoy the lodge and the property exclusively as they only book one group at a time at the lodge.
Either Sarah, one of the owners, or a private chef will ensure that you enjoy each and every meal.
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 superb local fishing.
This area is renowned for its fishing and your guides know the area well. They will put you on the fish!
In a land where no native mammals exist New Zealand was fortunate to have many game animals introduced such as Himalayan Tahr, Chamois, Red Stag, Fallow Deer, wild goats, Arapawa Ram, upland game, Merriam Turkey and more
This 9,000 acre hunting property being located at the top of the South Island this lodge is centrally located to give easy access to hunt all New Zealand’s varied game animals.
This outfitter is a smaller premium hunting experience with hunters and non-hunters requests catered for specifically rather than a large multi-booking lodge. Each week of hunting will be carefully designed to meet each hunter’s needs and requests. Hunters will have the lodge to themselves unless prior arrangement is made.
Hunting is typically spot and stalk and caters to both rifle and bow hunters. Rifle hunters can expect shots between 100-200 yards but the ability to take shots out to 300 yards is an advantage.
Preserve Red Stag: Roar is late March – early May.
One of the pretties hunting properties in New Zealand and the entire property is huntable! There is no wasted area on this land. All hunting is by spot and stalk or on foot. Your hunting method is up to you. ATV’s are used for access if desired.
This hunt is conducted on 2,000 acres of the most beautiful and high in natural nutrients land we have seen in New Zealand. The 2,000 acres is varied in terrain and probably hunts an equivalent of 4,000 – 5,000 acres.
Bow hunters have a high opportunity for a stag.
Free Range Red Stag: February to July (Prime time March 20 – April 20 time frame for the roar)
This is one of the finest areas for high opportunity free range Red Stag hunting. Your guides know this area like the back of their hand and will give you the best possible opportunity for success.
Free range stag in New Zealand are much smaller than the preserve stags and are a real challenge to hunt. A typical free-range stag will score in the 250-280 range which is good representative stag. Bow hunters also enjoy a pretty high opportunity rate for those that can shoot 40 yards. Bow stags will likely be smaller than rifle stags.
There is no tiered pricing for free range stags.
Himalayan Tahr: Prime time May – July but available year around
Hunts are conducted on foot but with a helicopter drop off on the 50,000 acre property near Lake Tikapo in a very scenic area worthy of some added touring time. A fun addition to this hunt is Wallaby hunting in the evenings at no extra cost.
Bow hunting for Tahr is tough but can be high opportunity if you are good shape.
Chamois: Prime time October – February but available year around (The largest Chamois typically appear in October) February coats are magnificent!
Chamois hunting is conducted near the Franz Joseph Glacier on foot with no heli-assist needed. Hunters may either hunt on foot for sit in a prime location where the Chamois come out to graze in the evenings. This can be combined with magnificent touring in the area as well.
A fun outing of wingshooting is an option for California Quail.
Spot and Stalk Turkey hunting for Merriam’s with high opportunity is a fun add on to any hunt.
Terrain: Gently rolling hills, rugged mountains and abundant vegetation
Bows hunters can expect shots between 10-50 yards.
Rifles can easily be imported to New Zealand for the duration of your hunt. Alternatively, rifles can be borrowed at no charge.
Family Expeditions will plan your touring before or after you hunt. Nearby you will find some activities available from the lodge and property.
Scenic Flights – With such spectacular scenery, often the best way to capture the experience is from the air. Travel the rugged Kaikoura coastline, Marlborough Sounds or view the northern reaches of the Southern Alps either by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft can all land next to our secluded lodge to wish you away for a days adventures.
Marlborough Sounds gather picnic scenic flight – Scenic flight into the Marlborough Sounds including a picnic lunch (seafood gather during the trip). Often included as a part of a shopping trip to Nelson.
Coastal railway trip – Blenheim to Kaikoura or Christchurch. A great way to see the coast of New Zealand and wildlife along the way in the ocean.
Wine tours – Marlborough is a world famous wine region
Shopping in quaint villages such as Blenheim, Picton or Nelson –
Whale Watching in Kaikoura – Other popular features of the Marlborough region include a trip to Kaikoura to experience the whale watch. With regular trips through the day either by cruise or by plane it is easy to accommodate a trip to see the whales. Alternatively fly directly from the lodge to Kaikoura by plane or helicopter and enjoy a scenic flight through the inland and seaward Kaikoura mountain ranges before encountering the whales in Kaikoura. 95% of guests see whales whether by boat or plane!
Dolphin Swimming in Kaikoura
Deep sea fishing in Kaikoura
Day Spa options
Queen Charlotte Track for coastal walking and biking
Marlborough Sounds – Sea kayaking and short cruises in the sounds
Ferry ride with hope of seeing dolphins from Picton to Lochmara Café for lunch overlooking the sound.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum – An extensive collection of WWI and WWII aircraft and artefacts featuring dramatic scenes created by Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop. Guided tours available.
Chocolate and Honey factories – Continuing with Marlborough’s passionate relationship with food and drink no trip to would be complete without a tasting at Makana Chocolate Factory perfectly located on the region’s most popular wine trail, Rapaura Road.
Marlborough’s extensive manuka clad valleys create the perfect environment for producing the popular Manuka Honey. With manuka honeys documented health benefits local producers The Taylor Pass Honey Company provide an opportunity to taste and purchase all their products at their Blenheim store. Featuring not only the famous manuka honey but a variety of other locally produced honeys such as clover and blue borage.
Shooting sports on property include sporting clays, long range rifle shooting, pistol range and even knife throwing.
Let us plan a few days in Queenstown and Milford Sound following your stay in the Marlborough region. A perfect addition whether to continue your hunting or to see another part of the country.
Travel Details & Location
Guests fly into Blenheim and typically overnight at a very nice local hotel that we book on your behalf. The next day your host will collect you from the hotel for your transfer about one hour to the hunting property. This allows you to have some time to adjust to the new time zone before starting your hunt.
2019 Rates: Please call for updated pricing.
Four Day/Three Night 2×1 Guided Red Stag packages with lodging, meals, guide, transfers, and trophy fee as listed: SCI Scoring system used
Free Range USD$5,000
Up to 325 USD$4,000
Up to 350 USD$6,000
Up to 375 USD$7,000
Up to 400 USD$9,000
Up to 425 USD$12,000
For 1×1 Guided at $1,000 to the package price
Alpine Package: $15,500 for Red Stag, Himalayan Tahr and Chamois
- 7 Nights/8 days lodging, meals, guided 1×1
- Trophy fees for a Red Stag up to 325, best available Tahr and best available Chamois
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!