Situated near the headwaters of the big trout Whanganui River, Aotearoa Safaris' hunting block comprises some of the most spectacular alpine and forest scenery in New Zealand. Spanning some 5000 acres, both Free Range and Ranch style hunting is available. The area was host to some of the initial red deer liberations in New Zealand, and its deer history dates back to 1919 with early stock sourced from the famous English Parks of Windsor, Warnham and Invermark.

Our packages include:

  • Free Range and Fair Chase Estate Hunting for Trophy Red Stags, Tahr, Chamois, Sika, Rusa, Sambar, Fallow, Elk and Wapiti.
  • Small game on offer include wild boar, goats, rabbits, hare and game birds including turkeys, ducks and pheasants.


International visitors arrive at Auckland International Airport. We are four hours south of the airport however this drive can be replaced by a one hour plane ride to Taupo Domestic Airport, one hour west of Aotearoa Safaris' hunting block.

Packages include pick up and return to Taupo Domestic Airport.

Please check with your travel agent for visa requirements for entry to Australia.

Please ensure that you have your own current medical and travel insurance.


Understandably most clients prefer to use their own firearms. We are however able to provide a range of firearms for client use. Any .30 calibre rifle will be suitable and you can expect shooting distances to be from 50 to 300 metres.

New Zealand has strict laws governing the use of firearms however it is possible for international clients to bring their own with them.

A Temporary Visitors Firearms License costs NZ$25 and must be applied for at least a month before coming to New Zealand (apply online here). A permit to import must be obtained from the New Zealand Police and this can also be applied for online (apply online here). We are able to assist with this application.


Packages include the field preparation of trophies. The cost of preparation and documentation for export and subsequent shipping varies. We can assist with the export process and can recommend excellent taxidermists should you wish to have your trophy mounted before shipping.


We have two comfortable cabins within the hunting area where clients are able to immerse themselves in the unique New Zealand winderness experience.

Luxury accommodation is available a short drive or helicopter trip from the hunting area if required.

Game can be observed from the huts with transport to hunting areas by either ATV or horse back if preferred.


New Zealand has a sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons throughout the year. The hunting block is situated close to the Central Plateau alpine area boasting active volcanoes Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro.

Warm winter and light waterproof clothing coupled with light waterproof leather walking boots are recommended. On booking we have comprehensive information relevant to the time of the year as to what you will need plus excellent outdoor clothing retailers are right on our doorstep.


The Central Plateau of the North Island offers plenty of sight seeing and adventure opportunities including:
  • Thermal pools and spas
  • Bungy jumping
  • Sky diving
  • Jet boating
  • Snow skiing
  • River rafting
  • Lake cruising