High Country Hunting


3 nights, up to 3 hunters
Southern Alps Starter


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Learn how to target New Zealand’s big game species

3 nights

Start out on your alpine backpack hunting tour with the experienced public land hunters from the NZWildThings crew. Come out on a multi-day private land “practice hunt” in rugged terrain.

We will build your knowledge and confidence to be able to customize your own New Zealand hunting holiday and make the most of your time here.

Rifle hire available for the remainder of your trip around the South Island.

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High country hunting
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What to expect
Shaun Monk Island Hills Station

Meet your host,

Shaun Monk

This package includes education on essential gear and equipment required for back pack style public land hunting and camping out. We also give tips on locations, access, route plans, navigation, camp sites, huts, permits, regulations, local hunting code of conduct, trophy assessment, mountain safety and weather. Links to regional helicopter drop in operators to access very remote areas. Contacts to farms where you could visit and offer work in trade for accommodation and hunting opportunities all around the South Island.

Come and stay at our private base camp lodge and enjoy good company, food and refreshments, while we access nearby steep and rugged terrain to locate red deer and chamois, with options for back pack trekking and fly camping out amongst the mountains.

Borrow one of our rifles for your coaching session, then hire a suitable rifle for the rest of your adventure or we can assist you with purchasing or bringing your own rifle into New Zealand. Bow hunters also welcome.

What to bring
  • Sleeping bag and bathroom towell (options to hire these items)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Insect repellent (for sand-flies and mosquitos)
  • Hiking boots (preferably with gaiters)
  • Hiking style “active” wear.
  • Warm clothing layers including beanie and gloves
  • Weather proof jacket and over trousers
  • Sun protection including sunscreen
  • Cap or hat
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Soap and other personal effects
  • Hiking pack
  • Day pack
  • Camera
  • End-of-day liquid refreshments


High Country Hunting Pricing

  • 3 nights and 3 ½ days $1725 for the first hunter
  • Additional hunters (up to 3 in total) $450 per hunter
  • Additional non-hunters staying at base camp or camping $350 per person self-care (guided hiking options available at extra charge)

You are welcome to use the opportunity to photograph or video the wild animals during our coaching sessions, but if you wish to take a shot animal kill fees apply.

Animal Kill Fees
$250 per non-trophy red deer, $100 wild pig, $1000 trophy red stag, $2000 chamois.

Helicopter available at extra charge for high country drop off, for the back pack hunting to be mostly downhill, price on application.

Guided Public Land Tahr Hunting
Options are available as an additional hunt, price on application.

All prices in $NZ  including GST (tax).

Hunting Enquiry

Send us an enquiry using the form below if you’d like to arrange a High Country Hunting Southern Alps Starter experience.

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Island Hills, 1612 Tekoa Road, Culverden 7392

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TEL: 0224 640 140
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