Rakaia Red Stag

New Zealand

Package price

Package price

$7,500 for 5 days, 1 hunter,
with Red deer included
US$ 7,500
This price includes:
Daily rate for 5 days
1 hunter
Red deer
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Membership of associations
Safari Club International, SCI Professional Hunting Guides Association New Zealand, NZPHGA

About this hunt

We deliver New Zealand's finest estate hunting experience. Family-owned and operating New Zealand's largest independently-audited, NZAGE-certified game estate, we provide hunters with greater area, trophy choice and fair-chase principles than any other New Zealand property. This entry-level 5-day hunt is for a Red Stag up to 350 inches - a truly classic Red Stag trophy. Our Red Deer herd features stags from 300 inches to 500-plus inches. All animals are fair game to any hunter and hunts can be upgraded at any time up to and during the hunt itself. A second hunter can join the hunt for a savings of $500 per person over the single hunter price. This all-inclusive hunt is based from our luxury hunters' lodge. Located a short drive from the hunting estate, the lodge is the perfect sanctuary for the discerning hunter. We also offer a back-country cabin for an authentic 'bush hunt' experience. On the estate you can hunt Red Stag, Fallow Buck, Arapawa Ram, Pacific Goat, Wild Boar and Small Game. Tahr, Chamois and Elk are all available within a short drive or helicopter flight. Note: Genuine Free-range Red Stags in New Zealand rarely make 300 inches. No genuine free-range outfitter will offer any score guarantee on their stags. Treat any 'free-range' red stag hunt promising an animal over 300" with caution. The only way to guarantee a fair-chase hunt for stags in the 300"+ range is to hunt on an New Zealand Association of Game Estates (NZAGE) certified estate.

Guided Disabled friendly (Regular trip)
Rifle Hunting Stalking Bow Hunting Muzzleloader

Hunting season: 1 Mar 2022 - 30 Jun 2022


Success rate

100% with rifle and 85% with bow as first method of take.

Where you will hunt

Territory

The game estate is the largest independently audited and certified hunting estate in New Zealand. Bounded by our farming operation to the south and east and the Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park to the north and west. The area is approximately two thousand hectares (4500 acres) of contiguous hunting land. The terrain is a mix of open tussock grassland, native beech forest, steep hill country and easy ridges. Over 30 miles (50 kilometres) of tracks encircle the estate’s perimeter and high ridges, allowing vehicular access to a range of critical vantage points for spotting game.. This aspect makes our station especially suitable for those with limited mobility or time, but who still want a fair-chase hunt on an expansive estate. Of course, for those wishing to stalk on foot, we simply leave the vehicle at the bottom of the hill and start walking.


Fence type: Fenced

Territory size: 4500 acres

Languages spoken by staff: English

Operating since: 1987 year


Structure by elevation

Hills: 50%

Mountains: 50%


Structure by landscape

Fields/Bush: 50%

Forest: 50%


Entertainment services

Fly fishing, Deep sea fishing, Horse riding, Wine tasting, Jet boating, Scenic Flights, Spa, Shopping Excursions, Farm tour, Bush walks, Golf, Sporting Clays, Archery, Tennis, Mountain biking, Helicopter adventures, Sky diving, Hot air ballooning, Rafting, Whale watching, Dolphin swimming, Alpine train journeys, Garden visits, Christchurch city tour.

Where you will stay

The Lodge

Your main base during your time with us will be in our private, four-bedroom lodge located a short drive from the game estate. The lodge is a modern, centrally heated stone and timber retreat fully kitted out with everything you need for relaxation with your friends and family in between hunting and adventuring. Facilities include a gas-fired freshwater hot tub, a drying cupboard, wireless broadband, satellite TV, gunroom, a generous kitchen / living / dining area with a central stone fireplace and a sunny deck with a barbecue for enjoying those autumn evenings. You’ll have ready access to the activities at Terrace Downs Resort, a world-class 18-hole golf resort that borders the Rakaia Gorge river canyon. The Lodge looks out over the 5th green directly toward the summit of the 7,200-foot Mt Hutt – after a good day’s hunting, sitting in the hot tub with a beer and this view isn’t a bad place to be.

Facilities: Wi-Fi TV Bathroom In-suite shower Fridge Laundry Mobile network coverage Electricity

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How to get there

Navigation guidelines

Only 1 hour's drive west of Christchurch International Airport, making us one of the easiest hunting estates to get to in New Zealand. Most international flights to New Zealand arrive in Auckland, with some arriving in Christchurch. If you arrive in Auckland, Christchurch is just 80 minutes flight south. We will collect you upon arrival in Christchurch, or from your hotel of choice.

Nearest airport: Christchurch

Distance from airport: 80 km

Transfer from airport: Yes

Transfer from railway: Yes

Other information

Gun rental: Yes

Vaccination required: No

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Terms

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Transport on territory
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Ammunition
  • Guiding by PH
  • Field trophy preparation
  • Trophy measurement
  • Trophies
  • Hunting license
  • Gun permits
  • Tourist tax
  • Gun rental
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Laundry
  • Snacks
  • Beverages/soft drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Paperwork

Terms of Payment

  • Deposit: 50% based on trip price
  • Deposit deadline: 5 days after booking
  • Final payment: Onsite

Cancellation

  • Deposits are non-refundable; however we will gladly provide alternative dates where possible, should you be unable to make your original booking.

Price DOES NOT include

  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Taxidermist fees
  • Export documentation, crating and shipping of your trophy(s).
  • Taxes and levies on exporting of trophies.
  • Personal travel and / or medical insurances

Wounding

  • A wounded animal is a trophy taken, and hunters will be responsible for the trophy fee. However, we will ensure that the chances of this happening are minimised and the animal is recovered with minimal suffering.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Transport on territory
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Ammunition
  • Guiding by PH
  • Field trophy preparation
  • Trophy measurement
  • Trophies
  • Hunting license
  • Gun permits
  • Tourist tax
  • Gun rental
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Laundry
  • Snacks
  • Beverages/soft drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Paperwork

Price DOES NOT include

  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Taxidermist fees
  • Export documentation, crating and shipping of your trophy(s).
  • Taxes and levies on exporting of trophies.
  • Personal travel and / or medical insurances

Terms of Payment

  • Deposit: 50% based on trip price
  • Deposit deadline: 5 days after booking
  • Final payment: Onsite

Cancellation

  • Deposits are non-refundable; however we will gladly provide alternative dates where possible, should you be unable to make your original booking.

Wounding

  • A wounded animal is a trophy taken, and hunters will be responsible for the trophy fee. However, we will ensure that the chances of this happening are minimised and the animal is recovered with minimal suffering.

Reviews (12)

Steve United States 10.0 of 10

I have been twice and going again

My group of hunters were the only hunters. If their station did not have the animals we were looking for they found the best place and took us. Elk down around Queenstown and Chamois by Mount Cook.

leaving

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Dick Canada 10.0 of 10

Great Hunting in the Land of Magic

Magnificent animals, hard working guides who are fun to be with in the land of enchantment. Equal opportunities for excellent multi-species stalking style hunting with simultaneous, quality activities for everyone else, if it's a family vacation. Literally, the best of both worlds. The best guided hunt of my life.

I wish I had sceduled a longer stay, with time to hunt a couple of other species in addition to the Red Stags.

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Tom Australia 8.7 of 10

High end and good quality.

Good hunting countryside, and great people.

Lodge was not where you hunted.

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Gordon 10.0 of 10

Outstanding experience

The people were great.

Nothing

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Bob United States 10.0 of 10

Relaxed hunt great food,place to stay.friendly guides,owners,everyone.All aspects of flight pickups,transportation,weather excellent,beautiful country.

Loved the people,extremely fun loving .No pressure ever.

Leaving !!!

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Bill United States 9.7 of 10

New Zealand hunt

Got gold medal red stag and fallow deer

Wish lodge was closer to hunting area.

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Tony United States 10.0 of 10

Great people made for a quality experience!

Simon did a great job keeping me informed leading up to the hunt. The accommodations were very nice and Hillary's cooking was superb. We saw a lot of quality game and scenery was beautiful. The guides were knowledgeable and worked to make my hunt memorable. Simon kept track of our interests and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time. I highly recommend them if you are hunting in New Zealand. I know I am going back for another hunt.

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Tom United States 10.0 of 10

This outfitter exceeded my expectations in every way!

The entire staff worked very hard to make my experience memorable and they accomplished this from all angles. I have been on many hunting trips but this one was one of the best! Fantastic operation!

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Joao United Kingdom 10.0 of 10

Unforgettable

The hospitality, the quality of the game , the experience, the scenery

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Mike United States 10.0 of 10

I was so thrilled with the Red Stag that I shot. The whole experience made me feel like a family member.n

Nothing, everything was great. Anything I needed they found for me. I even borrowed boots to hunt with since the airline delayed mine.

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Brandon United States 10.0 of 10

Excellent hunting experience

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gary United States 10.0 of 10

Excellent hunting experience

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