NZ Hunting Guidebook
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Poronui, NZ
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Your guide to hunting in New Zealand.

At Poronui Hunting we want to make your New Zealand hunting trip as memorable and as easy as possible.

It’s important you have the right clothing and equipment for the climate and the hunting terrain in New Zealand. The weather can change suddenly, especially in the forest or at high elevation so you need to be prepared. Four seasons in one day is a phrase that could have been coined to describe New Zealand and remember the seasons are opposite those of the northern hemisphere.

New Zealand is a small mountainous country whose climate is heavily influenced by maritime conditions. As a result, weather conditions can fluctuate significantly at any time of the year and it pays to be prepared.

The terrain can be challenging and a good level of fitness is recommended, especially when stalking a stag over a couple of days. You’ll be traversing hillsides, dropping over mountains and creeping through streams and gorges in search of your trophy stag.

 

When is the best time to hunt in New Zealand?

Different species of deer can be found in hard antler practically all year round in New Zealand. The main hunting is between late February and the beginning of August when Red Stag, Sika and Fallow deer are in hard antler. The rut commences mid March for Red Stags, followed a month later for Sika, Fallow and then Rusa.

Select a month below
March
Autumn/Fall
Best for: Red Stag, Sika

Big monster. Early in the month the Sika Stags are in the open before they head to the bush pre rut. Mid March it's all on for the Red Stags with the rut reaching its peak late March and early April.

What to bring to NZ Checklist
  • A good windproof, water-proof shell layer is essential at any time.
  • Layering for the conditions is preferable to wearing a heavily insulated coat as even in the middle of winter a warm day would make this unbearable on the hill. This allows you to be comfortable during the chill of an early morning frost and then strip a layer or two off later as temperatures rise.
  • Camouflage patterned clothing is an advantage but not essential, though colours need to be dull greens, browns or olive if camouflage is not worn.
  • Solid footwear is important. Boots with good ankle support and a firm sole with good grip are very important particularly in the steeper conditions found in the South Island.
  • Most New Zealand hunting is spot and stalk. Good binoculars are essential for spotting animals with 10*40’s ideal.
  • A spotting scope is ideal for judging trophies from a distance.
Taxidermy

We work with some of the leading Taxidermists in New Zealand and can easily arrange to have your trophy mounted and sent to you back home. Taxidermy of a big stag usually costs around US$1,000, subsequent animals are less.

Expediting

If you prefer to expedite your trophy to your preferred taxidermist at home, we can help you arrange this for you for an additional fee. The expediter will do the paperwork, pack the animal into the crate and send it. Please note that meat cannot be exported to the United States.

Firearms & Licensing

We recommend flat shooting calibres such as .300 Winchester magnum which will cope with the range of species and terrain found in New Zealand. While it is very easy to bring firearms into New Zealand we do provide a range of good quality firearms if you would rather travel light.

A Firearms Visitor’s Licence and import permit can be obtained at your port of entry to New Zealand or apply below for $NZ25.

Frequently Asked Questions
What are typical gratuities on a New Zealand hunting trip?
On average, our hunting clients tip the guides around $100 per day.
When are the New Zealand seasons?
The New Zealand seasons are opposite to the USA. Summer runs from December to February, fall from March to May, winter from June to August and spring from September to November.
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