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Southern Lakes Hunting Guides – contact our Concierge for further details

Our mission at Southern Lakes Hunting Guides is to create a hunting package that is tailor made to what you desire for the time you have available while visiting the Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand.

Southern Lakes Hunting Guides is based in Queenstown making us very fortunate, as we are located within the heart of some of the best hunting in the world, boasting access to a wide variety of game animals including Fallow deer, Red deer, Whitetail deer, Chamois, Himalayan Thar and Goats.

Southern Lakes Hunting Guides understand that many people come to the Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand for a vacation and often have limited time available in their busy holiday schedules. However a hunt could be a perfect addition to a New Zealand adventure.

Southern Lakes Hunting Guides offers tailor made hunting packages from half day hunts for meat or management animals through to packages aimed at securing trophies. The trips aimed at securing trophies can keep you entertained for up to a couple weeks, staying in any type of accommodation that one desires from beautiful lodges to fly camping in the mountains or backcountry huts, although you may prefer to stay in the comfort of a hotel each night and be picked up each morning.

Access to our unique hunting landscape is usually via 4×4 utility vehicle, boat or helicopter. Helicopter is a useful means of travel saving much time and allowing access to remote locations.

The hunting opportunities are endless. Simply tell us how much time you have, what you wish to do and target and let us here at Southern Lakes Hunting Guides design a package within your budget that you will tell stories to your mates about for years to come.

Cervus elaphus’

Red Stag are a large antlered species with trophy heads of 6×6 (12 points) and more with a body weight of around 400lb.

The ‘Rut/Roar’ starts late March and ends late April. This is a prime time to hunt Stags, as they are vocal, roaring out challenges to other stags.

Red Stag can be called in close by roaring out challenges to which they respond to, at this time of year the hunter has the advantage as stags can be located by sound.

Red Stags can be hunted from February to September. Hinds (Female) and management animals can be hunted all year round.

‘Dama dama’
One of the features of the fallow deer is the pal-mated antlers, being flat similar to those of a moose, but on a smaller scale.

The Fallow Herds surrounding Queenstown are a beautiful black colour.

The ‘Rut” for fallow deer begins in April and continues until the end of May.

Hunting Fallow bucks is available March through September. Does (Female) and management animals can be hunted all year round.

The Fallow Buck During the ‘Rut’ gets very aggressive towards other animals and vegetation. They are very vocal with a croak like grunting noise as the Buck protects his females or issues his challenge to other Bucks.

‘Hermitragus jemlahicus’
Himalayan Bull Thar are the ‘King of the Mountains’ in the Southern Hemisphere, they are one of the most sought after trophy animals of the world and one of the hardest to aquire, living in some of the steepest terrain you have ever seen.

The Himilian Thar – as their name describes are from the highest peaks in the world, the Himalayas. The Thar orinates from Nepal & Tibet and was first released in 1904 to Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand and have thrived. A Big Bull Thar can weigh up to 300lb and is a sight to see this magnificent agile animal navigate the steepest terrain.

Access to Thar country is generally with the use of Helicopter saving those legs; this is a very exciting experience in itself and will no doubt be one of the highlights you will ever get to experience.

Bull Thar and nannies can be hunted all year round. The ‘Rut’ for the Bull Thar is from May through to August in which they group up with their ‘Nannies’ (females). Bull Thar produces one of the best hides and neck capes of any game animal, during the winter months (April – August).