Red Stag Hunting In New Zealand

Incredible New Zealand Red Stag hunting packages that deliver an amazing private land hunting adventure on foot in some of the best Red Stag habitat on the South Island.

Update January 2023: New Zealand was closed to tourists from most countries for all of 2020 and 2021 as well as most of 2022 due to COVID. So, we still have a gigantic backlog of rescheduled hunts that we’re working through. For that reason, we’re not booking any new hunts or responding to any enquiries about hunting in New Zealand in the future until we get that cleared up.

Why should I hunt Red Stag with you? We have exclusive hunting rights on several massive sections of private land near the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island. This area contains some absolutely outstanding habitat and has a healthy Red Stag population that’s descended from the original Red Deer introduced to New Zealand European settlers. Not surprisingly, this land has some of the best Red Stag hunting opportunities in the country.

Since we have exclusive access to such a large amount of outstanding Red Stag habitat on private land, we are able to keep the hunting pressure on the Red Stag very low. Our hunting areas also have very good road access, which allows us to cater to hunters with a wide range of abilities. As a result, we have very high success rates on our Red Stag hunts on foot and offer a truly world class Red Stag hunting experience that few other hunting outfitters can match.

Over the past three years, we have a 95% success rate on our Red Stag hunts.

Not only do we have high success rates on our Red Stag hunts, but due to the high Red Deer populations, exceptional habitat, superior genetics, exceptional trophy quality of the deer population, and the fact that we keep the hunting pressure very low, our hunters can be very selective and only harvest mature, and often record book quality bull Red Stag. It’s not uncommon for our hunters to see 20+ mature Red Stags each day.

Due to all of these factors, we offer an incredible Red Stag hunting experience that is truly in a league of its own. Have you always dreamed of taking a hunting trip in the breathtaking high country of New Zealand? Are you looking looking for a great chance at taking a monster Red Stag? Then book one of our outstanding Red Stag hunting packages.

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New Zealand Red Stag Hunting Packages

The New Zealand Red Stag hunting packages listed below are valid for hunts booked in 2023 and 2024.

1×1 Trophy Red Stag Hunt
4 Days (3 Nights) Accommodation
We are currently fully booked for red stag hunts for the foreseeable future.

Please note: we know every hunter is unique, so while you’re welcome to hunt solely for Red Deer, all our Red Stag hunting packages are flexible. All of these packages may be upgraded with additional hunting days and/or animals at our normal daily rates and trophy fees listed below.

You’ll be at a premier hunting destination in the South Pacific with lots of opportunity to hunt other world class trophy animals. For this reason, we also offer several trophy hunting packages that allow our hunters to pursue Red Stag along with big game animals like Bull Tahr, Alpine Chamois, Elk (wapiti), and Fallow Buck. You’re also welcome to hunt Arapawa Ram, Merriam’s Turkey, Feral Goats, and Wild Boar on a trophy fee basis. We can also arrange a trip to the North Island (which is just a short, 1.5 hour scenic flight away) to hunt Rusa, Sambar, and/or Sika Deer. If there is time remaining during your New Zealand hunting safari after you get your Red Stag trophy, we can also facilitate a fishing or wing shooting trip.

New Zealand Fallow Deer & Stag Hunting Package
5 Days (4 Nights) Accommodation
We are currently fully booked for fallow deer and stag hunts for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand Elk & Red Stag Hunting Package
5 Days (4 Nights) Accommodation
We are currently fully booked for elk and stag hunts for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand Tahr & Red Stag Hunting Package
5 Days (4 Nights) Accommodation
We are currently fully booked for tahr and stag hunts for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand Antler Hunting Package
5 Days (4 Nights) Accommodation
We are currently fully booked for the Antler Hunting Package for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand Classic 4 Hunting Package
7 Days (6 Nights) Accommodation
We are currently fully booked for the Classic 4 Hunting Package for the foreseeable future.

We guarantee a reasonable shot on our Red Stag hunts and our lifetime success rate on our Red Stag hunting packages is over 95%. However, if you do not take a Stag (or any species listed in a package) on your hunt, you will receive a $3,000 refund per species not taken. Though every effort will be made to follow up and recover wounded animals, all animals wounded and not recovered will be charged full price.

We have scoped and suppressed rifles available for hunters who do not wish to bring their own rifles. For $150, we provide use of the rifle and appropriate ammunition for hunting Red Stag.

Daily Rates
1 Hunter × 1 Guide: $450 per hunter, per day
2 Hunters x 1 Guide: $350 per hunter, per day
Hunters 16 And Younger: $150 per hunter, per day
Non Hunter: $200 per person, per day

Why Should I Book A Red Stag Hunting Trip With You?

  • We have exclusive hunting rights to private land containing some of the best Red Stag habitat in New Zealand.
  • We book a limited number of hunts each year, abide by strict quotas, and carefully manage our hunting areas. This ensures that our hunters have high success rates and consistently harvest mature trophy stags. For this reason, we offer Red Stag hunting opportunities that few other hunting outfitters anywhere else in the world (to include Scotland, Argentina, and Texas) can rival.
  • We are not a high turnover outfit. Instead, we focus on providing quality trophy hunts with the best possible experience for each guest.
  • The hunting lodge is centrally located on the South Island between 5 and 40 minutes of all our hunting areas. This allows our guests to spend the maximum amount of their valuable time in New Zealand hunting without wasting valuable time driving.
  • No hidden costs: our New Zealand Red Stag packages include everything except for your air fare, taxidermy, and shipment of your trophies.
  • Our Hunting Guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and have many years worth of experience guiding Red Stag hunts.
  • We take pride in providing authentic Red Stag hunts with outstanding personal service before, during, and after your hunt. You will not have problems getting in touch us when and we’ll be available to you through the entire process to provide assistance with anything you need related to the hunt.
  • We offer a family friendly hunting experience with a wide range of local non-hunting activities and sightseeing tours. We are situated near the famous Mount Cook National Park and numerous lakes in the central South stag hunting in new zealand deer

Red Stag Hunting Accommodations

Hunters will stay in our well apportioned hunting lodge located between 5 and 40 minutes from our various hunting areas in the central South Island of New Zealand. With individual rooms, wifi internet, a communal dining room, an outdoor fireplace, and a miniature golf course the hunting lodge is the perfect location to relax after a hard day of Red Stag hunting.

The accommodations are also perfect for non-hunting guests who want to come along to see some of the most beautiful places in the world and experience many of the other great things New Zealand has to offer. Though the majority of our hunters are from the United States or Canada, hunters from all over the world appreciate our good old fashioned Kiwi stag hunting accommodations 1red stag hunting accommodations 2

Best Time For Red Stag Hunting

While New Zealand does not have an official Red Stag hunting season, we conduct our Stag hunts each year from February through August.

However, similar to the other deer species present in New Zealand like Elk and Fallow Deer, the New Zealand Red Stag rut (also known as the roar) occurs during March, April, and early May. For that reason, those months are the ideal for hunting Red Stag, particularly if you want to hunt during the roar and have lots of opportunities for calling.

Additionally, our early season hunts in February and March prior to the roar are also fantastic. This is because those first few hunters of the year are pursuing animals that haven’t been pressured in several months. Though the Stag aren’t roaring at that time of year, our early season hunts have similar success rates and hunters typically take Stag of about the same size class as during the roar. New Zealand trophy hunting

Best Caliber For Red Stag Hunting

Most of our Red Stag deer hunters use cartridges like the 7mm Remington Magnum, .30-06 Springfield, and the .300 Winchester Magnum. Though they are not quite as large as Elk, Red Deer are still relatively big animals. They can also be very shy, so you need to make the most out of the shot opportunities you get when Red Deer hunting. For this reason, we highly recommend bringing a rifle that you are familiar with and shoot accurately, even if it is chambered in a smaller caliber. Be prepared to take a shot in the 50-250 yard range.

Red Stag Hunts Include:
Trophy Fee(s) For Listed Animals
Accommodation For Specified Number Of Days & Nights
Exclusive use of the hunting area
Services of a Hunting Guide
Transportation between Christchurch or Timaru Airport and hunting areas
Accommodation, food, and beverages
Reasonable quantity of beer and wine
Laundry service during the hunt
Wifi internet at lodge
New Zealand Goods and Services Tax
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Delivery of trophies to a New Zealand based taxidermist and shipping company

Red Stag Hunts Do Not Include:
Gratuities for staff members
Taxidermy fees, expediting of trophies,
Crating and shipment of trophies
Export permits
Transport of trophies outside of New Zealand
Airline tickets
Personal, Travel and Trophy insurance
New Zealand rifle import license (NZ$25)
Rifle Rental