CROPPED High Country Hunting in Southern Alps Starter Session at Island Hills Station


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 to learn how best to target New Zealand’s big game species. 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.

What to expect
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
Snacks and drinks, insect repellent (for sand-flies and mosquitos), hiking boots (preferably with gaiters), warm clothing layers including beanie and gloves, weather proof jacket and over trousers (optional), sun protection including sunscreen, cap or hat, headlamp and spare batteries, bathroom towel and personal effects, hiking pack, day pack, sleeping bag, binoculars, camera and end of day liquid refreshments.

3 nights and 3 ½ days $2000 for the first hunter.
Additional hunters (up to 3 in total) $1200 per hunter
Additional non-hunters staying at base camp $400 pp 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 then the following animal kill fees apply; $350 per non-trophy red deer, wild pig $200, red stag $1000, chamois $2000

Guided public land tahr hunting options are available as an additional hunt, price on application.
Have your adventure filmed and edited into a 20-30 minute HD movie $600 (publishing rights retained by NZWildThings)

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

All prices in $NZ including GST (tax)



Accompanying person

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Shaun Monk at the Island Hills Station
Island Hills Station
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Johannes Schulz
Johannes Schulz
09:24 28 Jun 20
Well, how to even start? This place resembles a tranquil and simultaneously wild area. Mountains, Manuka trees, rivers... - even mighty stags can be spotted. Beside the natural beauty of the Island Hills Station area, the hospitality and service of the owners leave nothing to be desired. Here I had my fist hunting experiences, extended walks through a natural paradise and a cozy resting place in the lonely huts that are provided. I can only recommend this place for anyone who seeks a close up encounter with New Zealand, its people and natural beauty, while having an andventurous blast for a more
Victoria Alexander
Victoria Alexander
04:49 23 Jun 20
What a way to rejuvenate! Island Hills truly has it all; well-equipped comfortable huts, diverse and interesting... walking options for every level of fitness and knowledgeable, enthusiastic, down-to-earth hosts. An adventure not to be more
Esther Riess
Esther Riess
01:01 22 May 20
You can truly call this place a piece of paradise! This is the first place in NZ I felt very sad to leave behind. Had... my first hunting experience and the walking tracks are something else! It’s a once in a lifetime experience. If cabins, outdoor wood heated baths under stars, mountains and hunting sound intriguing. Don’t miss out!read more
Arian Gaedke
Arian Gaedke
01:31 03 Mar 20
First hunt in New Zealand I come from Germany, hunting in Germany and New Zealand is very different. It was a great... challenge to hike and hunt in the mountains. It was very interesting to learn so many new things about nautur in New Zealand. Shaun taught me a lot of great tips for camping and survival in the bush or in the mountains.The trip was an exciting new experience for more
Haley Lloyd
Haley Lloyd
08:31 27 Nov 19
Such a beautiful place and the Bush Hut was amazing. The hosts were very down to earth and knowledgeable. A real off... grid kiwi back country more
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