Free Range New Zealand Red Stag Hunts *fenced hunts also available
The Coastal Wairarapa in the South East of the North Island consistently produces free range Red stags of the best quality available in New Zealand. Truely big bulls are very possible. Get More Information
It is really important to differentiate between Free Range and High Fence New Zealand Red Stag hunts. All of the MONSTER Red stags are high fence. Happily, we can offer both types of hunts although we have always specialized in in free range New Zealand Red Stag hunts.”
New Zealand Red Stag Hunting Season
The best times for free range New Zealand Red Stag Hunts is mid February through August. The rut takes place late March through April.
This is a spot and stalk, fair chase hunt. You will drive from the homestead with a 4WD or ATV to the hunting area. Red stag can be found close by the homestead, but also throughout the property from coastal flats to remote basins in the hills. On the free range New Zealand Red Stag hunts, expect to do alot of glassing from high points until a trophy stag is found and a stalk is planned.
*Some hunters find free range NZ hunting the toughest they have ever done so after a couple of days the idea of a short drive to a high fenced area becomes appealing. They can decide that at the time if they wish.
The country is grassland, tussock, manuka, tawhine scrub and native bush. Red stag hunting beside the Pacific Ocean is a unique hunting experience! Contour varies from coastal and river flats to easy basins then rolling hill to steep limestone bluffs.
Success Rates and Trophy Quality
These Red deer have very light hunting pressure, and thus are able to reach their full maturity and grow antlers of outstanding trophy quality. Trophy stags grow racks from 5×5 points up to 7×7 that are 32″ to 40″ in length.
In addition to red stag, the property has excellent Fallow bucks and wild boar. Hunters can take these while red stag hunting for an extra trophy fee. New Zealand also offers very good bird hunting and fishing.
Hunters will fly from LA across the Pacific, a 12 hour direct flight to Auckland or from Australia a 3 hour flight across the Tasman. Hunters bringing their own rifles will proceed to the Police booth where they will obtain a one year tourist firearms licence (have $NZ 25 currency for this). Then transfer by domestic air to Palmerston North regional airport – one hour flight. Hunters will be met by guides with 4WD vehicles and drive 2 hours to the coastal “station” (ranch) for hunting.
Accommodations and Food
For groups, accommodation will be in the homestead. This is a large style villa with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge with open fire, dining room and kitchen. Sun decks look out onto gardens and the tennis court. All meals and beverages are included in the hunt and will be prepared on the premises. New Zealand food is noted for its freshness and tasty nature. Wild game features on the menu along with NZ beef and lamb plus abundant seafood from the Wairarapa coast. Paua (abalone) and crayfish (lobster) are local delicacies readily obtainable simply by diving with a snorkel. Moki, blue cod and butterfish are excellent local tablefish. A variety of excellent local wine is also provided.
For single hunters or those wanting to spike camp there is a cabin available with a hot shower, power and flush toilet. There is also a mountain cabin with rainwater tanks, open fire and a swimming hole in the creek – located right in the middle of the best hunting country!
Non hunters can relax at the homestead or enjoy a tour of the property by 4WD. Coastal seal colonies provide great photo opportunities along with some amazing coastal landforms like Honeycomb Rock.
Take a one hour drive to town and enjoy wine trails, abalone and jade jewellery, antique shops, local art galleries and visiting a sanctuary for rare native birds including the Kiwi and Takahe.
A day trip by train to the capital city of New Zealand, Te Papa can also be arranged where the National Museum can be visited, followed by shopping while wandering through the quaint streets around the harbour.