South Island New Zealand Elk, Ram, Goat, Boar, Wallaby, or Rabbit hunting

So many great hunting adventures to choose from!

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New Zealand Elk (Wapiti) Hunting

Elk are the largest-bodied deer species available in New Zealand and can carry massive antlers ranging from 300 to 550 inches! Wapiti were initially shipped to New Zealand as a gift from U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt and were set free on the SW corner of the South Island in 1905.

NZ Wapiti Hunting Seasons & Prices

New Zealand elk hunting season stretches from February to August. The elk rut coincides with the red stag rut (mid-March through April).

Approximate elk hunt price: starting from $3,500.

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New Zealand Arapawa Ram Hunting

New Zealand’s famed wild Arapawa sheep were initially liberated near the top of the South Island as a food supply for seafaring whalers and seal hunters. Today, Arapawa rams are a popular New Zealand hunting trophy with distinctive curling horns, beautiful woolly coats, and they make surprisingly gorgeous shoulder mounts.

NZ Ram Hunting Seasons & Prices

Wild Arapawa rams can be hunted year-round in New Zealand.

Approximate Arapawa ram hunt price: $1500.

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New Zealand Pacific Goat Hunting

Wild goats are plentiful in parts of New Zealand and a trophy goat (30+ inches) is a unique prize. Goats exist in a wide range of colors and are popular with some hunters for their meat. Older billies can be notoriously elusive if they’ve been previously pressured by a hunter.

NZ Goat Hunting Seasons & Prices

Wild goats can be hunted year-round in New Zealand.

Approximate trophy goat hunt price: $850.

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New Zealand Wild Boar Hunting

Wild pigs are common in certain parts of the South Island. New Zealand’s wild pigs are commonly black (and are historically referred to as ‘Captain Cookers’ due to their NZ origins), though a range of colors can be found here. Pigs can be hunted with or without dogs and are often prized for their meat. Pigs are often spotted while pursuing other game animals like red stag or fallow deer.

NZ Pig Hunting Seasons & Prices

Wild pigs can be hunted year-round in New Zealand.

Approximate wild boar hunt price: $1150.

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New Zealand Wallaby Hunting

Wallaby populations have seen significant recent growth in New Zealand and they are considered a pest as they compete with stock for food sources. Their exploding populations are significant given that they can reach a meter in height and weigh up to 25 kg! Wallaby hunting is a truly unique New Zealand hunting adventure and can make a great stand-alone experience or add-on to a big game hunt.

NZ Wallaby Hunting Seasons & Prices

Wallaby can be hunted year-round in New Zealand.

Approximate wallaby hunt price: $800 per hunter (an overnight hunt). Includes basic station accommodations and meals in the hunt area.

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New Zealand Rabbit & Hare Night Hunting

Like wallabies, rabbits and hares are considered pests in New Zealand due to high population numbers. Join us for an evening of hunting and shooting to practice your aim and quick trigger!

NZ Rabbit & Hare Hunting Seasons & Prices

Jackrabbits and hares can be hunted year-round in New Zealand. Approximate rabbit & hare hunt price: $350 per hunter. Includes use of firearm and ammunition.

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Small Game Hunting Package

Three evenings of hunting for wallaby, turkey, rabbit, hare, possum, and any pigs or goats sighted. Generally equates to a lot of shooting – includes use of firearms and ammunition.

Small Game Hunting Seasons & Prices

Approximate rabbit & hare hunt price: $2250 per hunter.

Contact Us for Hunting Packages and Pricing!

Due to the wide variety of requests we receive from hunters and the number of animal/hunt combinations you can dream up, we generally quickly sketch a customized quote for you that depends on the number of hunters in your group, the species and quality of animal or animals you’re after, and the length of your vacation or desired hunt. Please feel encouraged to send us a quick note with a little bit of information about you and your dream hunt. We’ll respond to give you a better idea of what your hunting adventure will cost. Don’t worry – one of our favorite parts of this line of work is working with hunters to build the hunt you’re after at a budget that works for you!

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Other New Zealand Hunts You Might Like:

Available Big Game Add-On Hunts:

New Zealand Big Game Species Hunt Location
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Nationwide
Elk/Wapiti (Cervus elaphus nelsonii)
Nationwide
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
Nationwide
Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)
Central North Island
Whitetail Deer (Odocoileous virginianus)
Lower South Island - Stewart Island
Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis)
Eastern North Island
Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolour)
Southern North Island
Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)
Central South Island
Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)
South Island
Pacific Goat
Nationwide
Captain Cook Boar (Sus scrofa)
Nationwide
Arapawa Ram (Ovis arapawa)
Nationwide
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