Southern New Zealand is renown for world class trophy hunting. The three biggest trophy animals hunted are Red Stag, Chamois, and Tahr. Other species include Sambar, Silka, and Fallow deer, as well as Elk. Game can be hunted all year around, but the best time for Red Stag and Elk is March and April. Chamios and Tahr are at peak from May to August. Private property, game ranches, National parks, and the wilderness are all used for hunting. Non-residents are permitted to hunt, and there is no restriction on number of kills per person. Some of the best areas in Southern New Zealand include queenstown hunting and wanaka hunting.
Guides and resorts can customize hunting packages for any number of people and any skill or fitness level. There are day hunts, trips that last for a few nights in the mountains, and helicopter assisted hunts that will get people up the mountain for Chamois and Tahr. Firearms importation is quick and easy, so hunters can bring their favorite rifles with them if they wish. Apply for a license online and then declare firearms at the port of entry in Auckland. There are also many retail stores that carry all types of hunting supplies. Guns, ammunition, and knives are available, along with rifle services such as scope fitting and bore-sighting a rifle. Expert Hunting New Zealand Outfitters provide clothing, boots, gear, cookware, camping supplies, and safety items. Many also have hunting, camping, and fishing equipment available to rent.
There are also several other activities that can be enjoyed by those in the group who are not hunters. Surfing, whale watching, fishing, coastal walks, and swimming with dolphins can be done on the Kaikoura Coast. Hot thermal pools, day spas, wine tasting, and shopping are a great way to relax and unwind while on vacation. Hiking, bird watching, visiting volcanoes and glaciers are activities that will allow guests to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful scenery. Helicopter tours are also popular for seeing the sights.
Whether in New Zealand to hunt, fish, camp, or relax, there are several types of accommodations that will suit every travelers' needs, budgets, and desires. Tent and camper sites, cabins, hotels, resorts, and luxury lodges can be found throughout the area. Most resorts and lodges offer hunting packages that include meals, accommodations, guides, and trophy fees. Expediters are available to salt, crate, and ship out trophies to the hunter's taxidermist. They will also complete all the needed paper work to clear customs.