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New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Lots of Fun Activities
Lodge Rating: Rustic but Nice Lodge
Lodge Capacity: Up to 4 hunters (2 bedrooms with baths)
Season: February to August prime w/ year around available
Age Appropriate: Any age as the lodge is private for your group
Location: Near Blenheim on South Island
Closest Major Airport: Blenheim
Private access: Helipad on sight
Holiday Options: Spring Break, Summer
Activities: Bow Hunting, Crossbow, Deep Sea Fishing, Fishing, Golf, Helicopter Tours, Hiking, Kayaking, Long Range Rifle, Paddle Boarding, Scenic Train Rides, Shopping, Sightseeing, Sporting Clays
Species: Arapawa Ram, Balearean Goat, Chamois, Fallow, Himalayan Tahr, Red Stag

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Our First-Hand Experience

Sometimes you just know as soon as you meet someone that you are dealing with people of integrity.  We could not wait to get to New Zealand to see all that Fraser, Darren and Sarah had built in New Zealand.  Our time with the team on the ground was impressive and their vision for the future even more so.  Impressions:

  • Genuine people that are eager to please with a long term plan of doing the right thing
  • The property was simply magnificent.  Rich in nutrition for the animals while scenically stunning
  • The population of stags was healthy and very obviously native to the property whether fenced or free range
  • We also saw numerous other species roaming the land
  • Fraser, the property manager, is experienced, easy going, and a load of fun to be with
  • We loved our time shopping Blenheim and Picton along.  Dolphins raced beside us as we journeyed to a remote inn for lunch on the water.  Lovely wineries, chocolate factory and famous Manuka honey…and on and on

New Zealand Hunting – Marlborough

You will find authentic New Zealand hunting both free range and preserve!  This New Zealand hunting lodge is nestled on 9,000 privately owned acres.  You will be hunting in the heart of Marlborough high country in the northern part of the South Island.  From this lodge you will have the opportunity to hunt Red Stag, Elk, Himalayan Tahr, Chamois, wild Goat, Arapawa Ram, Fallow Deer, Turkey, Wallaby, and waterfowl.  Beyond their 9,000 acres you can enjoy elite access to tens of thousands of acres of free range land for Chamois and Tahr.New Zealand Hunting - Marlborough

Central to New Zealand, Marlborough is the gateway to the North and South Islands. Because of the climate and location you will have access to world class wine estates, whale watching, chocolate and exquisite seafood. The area is a regular record holder of sunniest town in New Zealand.

You and/or your group will enjoy exclusive use of 9,000 acres of prime hunting land inclusive. The make up of the property is a 2,000 acre preserve and 7,000 acres of productive free-range hunting.  You will also have the the two bedrooms well-appointed lodge exclusively.  Since you book the lodge privately, no other guests will be on the property or at the lodge during your stay.

The hunting is without compare among New Zealand hunting estates.  Unique to New Zealand hunting, this outfitter hunts an enclosed 2000 acre area on some of the most prime vegetation land.  The game enjoy the entirety of property.  Why is this important? The majority of the game in the preserve is a natural fully self-sustaining herd.  Therefore to you that means the game is not domesticated providing for a challenging and rewarding hunt.  This is a rarity in the New Zealand hunting.

Since they offer dedicated touring guides you will be sure 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.

Turkey Hunting:

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.

Scenic Walks

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.



Length of Stay / Itinerary

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.

Length of stay will depend on the species you are hunting and how you are hunting.  All itineraries are customized for you desires.

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.

Internet & Communications

Wifi and cell service work well in the area.


2023 Rates:  Please call for updated pricing.

Five Day/Four Night 2×1 Guided Red Stag packages with lodging, meals, guide, transfers, and trophy fee as listed:  SCI Scoring system used

Free Range           USD $6,000 Per Person
Up to 350               USD $6,500
Up to 375               USD $7,500
Up to 400              USD $9,500
Up to 425               USD $12,000
Up to 450               USD $16,000

For 1×1 Guided at $1,000 to the package priceAlpine Package:  $17,000 for Red Stag, Tahr and Chamois Combo

  • 7 Nights/8 days lodging, meals, guided 1×1
  • Trophy fees for a Red Stag up to 350, 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!

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