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    Whos been to NZ hunting?

    Well, gonna go over to NZ next year i think, not sure when (need to find out when the stalking is best!). Have any of you guys been or do you live there? Im looking for info on when is best to go, where is best to go, do i need licences and how difficult is it to borrow a rifle? Im looking to do it on a budget too!

    Its a surprise holiday for the missus, dont know what will be more of a shock, telling her were going to NZ or telling her that when i get there i will be mainly shooting or fishing!!

    Im not too bothered about species, just want to get out with a rifle into the hills...

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    I just typed a long reply, hit the wrong button and lost it! Suffice to say that its a great place, you won't want to come home, I've been out with mates on their own shooting ground and borrowed a rifle but the paid stalking type thing I know little about. If you can find a retired govt deer culler to take you into the urewera or somewhere down south you should have a good time! Best of luck. http://www.nzdeercullers.org.nz/news.aspx

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    Try a PM to john.d.m of this forum, he moved to the North Island a couple of years ago and might point you in the right direction as he's a very decent bloke.

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    A personal contact like that will ensure you a good time. Kiwi generosity and spontaneity is legendary and has never failed me. Good luck.

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    Very interested in this one - was going to ask a similar question. NZ is looking like a favourite for the honeymoon next year... hopefully going to surprise the new Mrs by leaving her for a few days!

    DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC .270 View Post
    Very interested in this one - was going to ask a similar question. NZ is looking like a favourite for the honeymoon next year... hopefully going to surprise the new Mrs by leaving her for a few days!

    DC
    Its a fantastic place if she's worth her salt she'll love it even if youi're off up a mountain with your rifle, I'd live there like a shot I really would.

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    I have been out there a couple of times on hunting holidays, my mate runs a NZ outfitters that specialises in taking UK stalkers out there hunting.

    The first thing I will say is you need to be fit, and I mean very fit by UK standards if you are going to hunt fair chase with the Kiwi’s, unless you have very deep pockets and can pay to be ferried everywhere by helicopter.

    The country is 2 different island, the North island and South Island, the North has predominately red/fallow and Sika deer, goats and wild pigs/boar, in the south island you have Chamios and Tahr although there are Wapiti in Fjordland and White tail deer on Stewarts Island getting access to these is not easy.

    There are no seasons for big game but ones apply to ducks etc. If you are taking your rifle then once you land and declare it to customs they will check your UK FAC and issue you with a NZ FAC, this is valid for one year and with it you can buy as many guns, ammo etc you want with one or two exceptions like Assault rifles. It is best to book your flights with NZ air and travel outwards on flight 01 and back on 02, this is because this plane lands at LA airport in the USA for a refuel but the luggage is not removed from the plane. You will need a import/export licence from the USA because you are travelling though the USA with a firearm but on this flight you will not have to show it as the rifle does not leave the plane. The other airlines flying to NZ are not very firearms friendly.

    The best time to go is spring early summer March, April, May June. You can hunt Department of Conservation “DOC” land for free but don’t get too excited as most that has easy access is shot out and you will need good local knowledge to find any animals the best hunting is on private stations/farms but they generally know what it is worth.

    There are a few kiwi’s on here that will be able to give more info’
    Top predator, boarboy, Wapti Bill, and John D.M. left for NZ to live there not long after the site started.

    Want to know any more I will help if I can. A good site is NZ Huntandfish.com this will give you a good insight to NZ hunting.

    A couple of photos to wet your apatite.







    ATB

    Tahr
    Last edited by Thar; 09-11-2010 at 08:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingfisherman View Post
    Well, gonna go over to NZ next year i think, not sure when (need to find out when the stalking is best!). Have any of you guys been or do you live there? Im looking for info on when is best to go, where is best to go, do i need licences and how difficult is it to borrow a rifle? Im looking to do it on a budget too!

    Its a surprise holiday for the missus, dont know what will be more of a shock, telling her were going to NZ or telling her that when i get there i will be mainly shooting or fishing!!

    Im not too bothered about species, just want to get out with a rifle into the hills...

    I'm a kiwi and went back in Aug for a hunt. Have a look at my profile pics. Thar, has pretty much hit the nail on the head advice wise. Really depends on what you want to hunt and what sort of budget you have? If you go with an outfitter you will be able to use their rifles, but it will cost you depending on what you want to shoot. Remember the PH's cater mainly to the American market and they are used to paying for trophies. If you want specific species do some internet research on outfitters. There are plenty of reputable people who will get you what you want for a price. If you just want goats, pigs or possums they can be had for free if you have some farming contacts. Maybe you could do a farm stay that offers hunting as part of the package? Queenstown in the south island is a pretty good place to base yourself if you want alpine hunting for thar and chamois and your missus will love it if she's an outdoors type and likes skiing. bit like the St Moritz of the south, so very scenic but not cheap.

    Cheers
    50/50




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    Thanks for the info guys, to be honest with you, its likely to be Sep/Oct/Nov. ish, there is flexibility to go when the hunting would be best, regarding what i want to hunt, well to be honest, i dont care, i just need an excuse to disappear for a week with a rifle into the hills and shooting something would be a bonus. A mate has a vineyard near marlborough so i will be picking his brains. I hadnt considered taking my own rifle, sounds like a hassle..? If i went over there with my FAC, couldnt i borrow one? I really like the idea of taking my own gun but not if its going to cost the earth and be a pain...?

    I would consider myself as fit for the majority of UK stalking and intend on getting fitter for the trip. My budget isnt going to be massive unfortunately but should be able to spend 500 or so on the hunting/fishing bit..

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    if you make it to Gisborne there are various adverts in the local papers ,and the local sports shop should be able to point you in the right direction (mostly uphill from memory )

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