Hunting FAQs


Your frequently asked questions about hunting answered.

When is the best time to hunt?

The New Zealand Government does not at this stage apply set hunting seasons or license fees for the hunting of big game animals in New Zealand. The only seasonal factor for trophy hunters is the period of the year when the stags cast their antlers to grow new ones.

Hunting season starts mid March with The Roar taking place from late March till late April with superb trophy animals presenting an irresistible challenge. We continue to trophy hunt until August. Non trophy hunts can be done (by arrangement) year round. Although the rut is the most popular time to hunt, very often the period after is just as productive.

Generally those seeking trophy heads should avoid the spring and first part of summer i.e. late September until March. In order for us to organise the best hunting experience, please phone at least 48 hours ahead.

You may hunt “Turkey Down Under” in New Zealand with us at any time from mid July through to mid November.


What about firearms licence?

Under New Zealand law, visiting hunters bringing their own firearms into New Zealand must obtain a firearms Tourist Licence from New Zealand Police at the international airport on their arrival. It is a simple formality which costs $25 N.Z. – the licence being valid for 12 months.

The form can be downloaded by your travel agent and completed 2 weeks in advance and you can fax the application through to the Auckland airport department so when you arrive the permit has already been filled out and is ready for verification of the serial numbers on the firearm, this just speeds things up quite a bit, but is not a requirement. Please note pistols and side arms are not permitted in New Zealand. If a visiting hunter chooses to use our firearms no permit is required, the guides licence is deemed sufficient – we recommend this option.


Where do we stay?

You will be staying at a private hunting lodge set amongst the native bush with outstanding views across a spectacular geological valley where a glimpse of a deer or goat is common. The main lodge houses the kitchen and lounge area, with an open log fire where the talk of the days hunt is retold while the meals are prepared.

Modern warm, carpeted cabins with hot showers and efficient wood burners provide a place to rest after the hunting day. We have an emphasis on New Zealand’s finest food and wine. Meals are in keeping with the setting, as you might expect game is frequently on the dinner menu. A hearty breakfast starts the day for whatever pursuit awaits. We can arrange specific food requirements to meet all tastes.


What should we wear?

Hunting clothes should be of polar fleece material for warmth and body protection. Also this clothing creates little noise when brushed against the undergrowth. Footwear should consist of two pairs of light but sturdy boots with good grip.

We supply all ground transport, guns and ammo upon request. Turkey hunters will need their own camouflage gear and by all means bring your own favorite ‘Shootin Iron’.


Trophy preparation

Your guide will cape and salt your trophies. Mounting can be arranged here in New Zealand and you may have your trophies dispatched freight forward by air freight to your specified destination. The Taxidermist will complete all necessary documentation and bill you directly.


Are trophies guranteed?

The options listed are all ‘fair chase’ hunts and we cannot guarantee that the necessary trophy will be taken; so much depends on the individual hunter’s skill. We do guarantee a high standard of service and the presence of trophy animals and are proud of our success rate.

We came all the way from America to experience hunting red stags in New Zealand. Chris Jolly Outdoors organised everything for us and made our trip so easy. Plus we bagged quite a few trophy stags! Certainty not disappointed.

Paul Huntington

We wanted to do something different as a family so we chose to go turkey hunting with Chris Jolly Outdoors. We had so much fun, especially our teenage boys. Thanks team!

Karen Tilly

We thought the property was excellent and the hunting magnificent. Couldn't have asked for a better setting and a better trip.

Jerry Harold