FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
Q: Are there Visa requirements when traveling to New Zealand?
A: YES. Non residents traveling into New Zealand require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Application for an ETA is a simple 10 minute online process. Use this link to access the Immigration NZ ETA information and application web page: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta
We recommend you pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZ ETA.
Q: When is the best time to hunt in New Zealand?
A: This is our number one question! For hunting New Zealand deer species, Red deer, Wapiti (Elk), Fallow deer; Late February to July (ruts being mid March to late April). And for hunting New Zealand alpine species, Tahr and Chamois; April to August (ruts being May and June). For our other species, Wild boar, Wild Bulls, Alpine Goat, Arapawa Ram late February till September.
Q: Where do we fly in to in New Zealand and on what airline?
A: Most International flights arrive into New Zealand at Auckland (North Island) and then you take a short domestic flight to Christchurch (South Island). Air New Zealand is our National airline, which we choose to fly with ourselves.
Q: Do you exhibit at any International hunting shows?
Q: How do your fees work?
A: As per New Zealand industry standards we charge a daily rate, which covers local transport, quality lodging, catering, guiding etc. In addition we charge a trophy fee for game taken during your hunt. Prices are charged in US$ and INCLUDE New Zealand Taxes where applicable.
Q: How do we deposit?
A: You are required to pay a 25% deposit to book your hunt with us. We accept electronic transfer (wire), Visa, MasterCard, cash and cheques. Many hunters book their hunts a year or two ahead to secure optimum dates.
Q: What’s your luxury hunting lodge dining experience like?
A: Quality dining around our large lodge dining table, where you will experience scrumptious meals and award winning wines.
Q: Do I need to bring my own rifle?
A: Half of our hunter guests bring their favourite rifle, however should you desire we have lodge loan rifles (both left and right handed) available for you to hunt with.
Q: Do you welcome bow hunters or black powder hunters?
A: Yes we do host both bow and black powder hunters. You will need to bring your own bow or black powder rifle to use.
Q: What about expediting and/or taxidermy?
A: We have New Zealand taxidermists take care of your trophies. The taxidermists can either taxidermy and ship your trophies for you, or expedite to your own taxidermist.
Q: When should we use a helicopter and/or aircraft?
A: We utilise helicopters and bush planes (Cessna aircraft) for transportation in and around our mountains. They are common place, and the use of them is somewhat similar to New Yorkers hailing a cab!
Q: What is there for non-hunters to do?
A: As well as being treated like royalty staying at our luxurious lodge we offer a myriad of adventures and experiences. Non-hunter activities.
Q: Can you arrange a post hunt scenic tour?
A: We specialise in post hunt scenic tours and are more than happy to assist you with all of the arrangements, to the finest detail.
Q: Can you recommend a Christchurch hotel?
A: Yes there are a number available:
The George Hotel
Tele: +64 3 379 4560
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch City Central
This hotel is centrally located in Christchurch city and has excellent amenities.
Copthorne Hotel Commodore
Tele: +64 3 358 8129
449 Memorial Avenue, Burnside
This hotel is located in Christchurch city, close to the airport and has reasonable amenities.
Tele: +64 3 367 8666
107 Hereford Street, Central Christchurch
This hotel is located in central Christchurch city, close to container shops and has standard amenities.