Special Feature: Great deer stalking in a boutique mountain range

Hill country sheep stations measuring thousands of hectares in extent, are spread over the Wairarapa’s rolling downland.

Interspersed with the endless sea of waving grasses, are pocket-size patches of untouched natural bush and broken coastal ranges, that are irresistible to wild game animals.

To the west is the continuous barrier of the Ruahine, Tararua and Rimutaka ranges and along the south coast is a unique miniature version of a mountain range called the Aorangi Forest Park. This ‘boutique’ range rises to only 900 metres and can be traversed in a mere four hours, but this belies the ruggedness of the many short river catchments. The Aorangis are a popular stamping ground for good keen men from the capital city and the range presents an enjoyable stalking challenge.

Red deer are present in the Aorangis in reasonable numbers and are widely spread throughout the Ruahines, Tararuas and Rimutakas. Intense commercial and recreational hunting pressure over the years have made the animals ultra cautious. Hunters need to acquire good local knowledge and ‘bush-bash’ into dense creek-head vegetation at times to seek out their quarry, but there is good trophy potential in these ranges.

Wild pigs are generally in localised low populations in marginal scrubland, particularly in the southern and eastern coastal ranges. They are not often seen in the main ranges preferring the dense cover of manuka, gorse, bracken fern and swampland in the foothills. Finding and holding dogs are essential to track down wild pigs in these thick native bush areas.

Goats are present in low numbers in the southern Rimutakas and Aorangis and in small pockets throughout the Wairarapa coastal bush reserves.

Mallard, grey and shoveler ducks as well as paradise shelducks are common throughout the region. Lake Wairarapa is an important breeding ground and is also home to black swans and Canada geese. Pheasant, brown quail and California quail are found in moderate numbers in most areas.

Guided hunting for red deer in the Tararuas and coastal ranges is available in Carterton and in Ongaonga on S.H.50. Hunting on private game estates for red, fallow and wapiti deer, boars, rams and goats can be arranged in Masterton and Pahiatua.

Hunting Regions: Information on Small Species & Big Game Animals

  • Hunting Fiordland


    Special Feature: Trophy wapiti in a World Heritage Area - To hunt the high tops, hanging valleys and big basins of Fiordland National Park is a rare privilege.

  • Hunting Nelson


    Special Feature: Red, fallow and chamois trophies in National Parks - This top destination for travellers has wonderful sunshine, golden sand beaches and the most popular national parks in the country.

  • Hunting South Canterbury

    South Canterbury

    Special Feature: Classic alpine hunting for big game species - New Zealand’s most elevated hunting grounds are found in the Mt Cook National Park in South Canterbury.

  • Hunting Wanganui


    Special Feature: Fallow herds with the North Island’s best trophy potential - The largest lowland forest in the North Island spreads across the Whanganui National Park, straddling the Whanganui River.

  • Hunting Taranaki


    Special Feature: Trophy hunting on commercial Safari farms - The Taranaki region is defined by the perfect volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) and the lush green rectangular dairy farm blocks at its base.

  • Hunting King Country

    King Country

    Special Feature: The home of wild pig hunting in New Zealand - Lying to the west of Tongariro National Park and centred on Te Kuiti, is a vast region of endless razorback ridges and deep isolated valleys.

  • Hunting Central Otago

    Central Otago

    Special Feature: Outstanding fallow trophies at two locations - The glacial origins of ‘Central’ are obvious when you first view the enormous round-top mountain ranges draped in golden brown tussock grasses.

  • Hunting Manawatu


    Special Feature: Sambar trophy herd in coastal swampland - The Ruahine and Tararua ranges form a central backbone to the lower North Island region bordering the wide Manawatu Plains.

  • Hunting Volcanic Plateau

    Volcanic Plateau

    Special Feature: Red and sika trophy herds under active volcanoes - Three striking landmarks dominate the Central North Island skyline in the region known as the Volcanic Plateau.

  • Hunting Hawkes Bay

    Hawkes Bay

    Special Feature: Excellent red and sika hunting in Kawekas - The sweeping curve of Hawke’s Bay from Napier to Mahia Peninsula fronts a deep hinterland of golden brown rolling hills and steep-sided mountain ranges.

  • Hunting East Cape

    East Cape

    Special Feature: Trophy class red deer in the Raukumaras - Follow the Pacific Coast Highway beyond the Bay of Plenty and you pass under the precipitous slopes of the Raukumara Range, which conceals hidden valleys where heavy antlered red stags roam.

  • Hunting Bay of Plenty

    Bay of Plenty

    Special Feature: Localised herds of red, fallow, sambar and rusa deer - The broad Bay of Plenty basin embraces a surprising variety of seascapes, landforms, flora and fauna.

  • Hunting Wairarapa


    Special Feature: Great deer stalking in a boutique mountain range - Hill country sheep stations measuring thousands of hectares in extent, are spread over the Wairarapa’s rolling downland.

  • Hunting West Coast

    West Coast

    Special Feature: Game animals galore in 400 km of rainforest - The West Coast stands out as ‘deer hunter’s heaven’, with a wild game presence in virtually every patch of bush in a 400 km coastal strip from Karamea to the Cascade River.

  • North Canterbury


    Special Feature: Good access to extensive hunting territory - The southernmost region has an incredible variety of terrain and wild game habitat and excellent opportunities to score a trophy.

  • Marlborough


    Special Feature: Red deer and chamois in a superb alpine setting - This sun-drenched region is synonymous with fine wines, gourmet food and relaxing holidays in the beautiful labyrinth of waterways known as the Marlborough Sounds.

  • North Canterbury

    North Canterbury

    Special Feature: Prime chamois habitat in Southern Alps - South Island’s major city, Christchurch, is a good base for exploring fascinating inland places like Lake Coleridge, Hanmer Springs, Lewis Pass and Lake Sumner.

  • Waikato


    Special Feature: Abundant waterfowl in Waikato/Hauraki wetlands - One hour’s drive south of Auckland brings you to a region of fertile plains that is one of the richest dairying areas in the world.

  • Coromandel


    Special Feature: Multiple blocks with accessible wild pigs. - The rugged volcanic Coromandel Peninsula is Auckland’s most important summer recreational playground, offering sheltered golden sand beaches and superb boating and fishing.

  • Stewart Island Hunting

    Stewart Island

    Special Feature: Brilliant wilderness hunting for whitetail trophies - Rugged, windswept Stewart Island contains Rakiura National Park, a wilderness renowned for its unspoilt nature and scenic beauty.