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The Southern Alps are host to an expansive game population. With a temperate climate and in the absence of any natural predators, hunting provides excitement and trophy opportunities whilst also providing an important and essential conservation benefit. A hand picked team of professional and highly experienced guides possess comprehensive local knowledge allowing guests to safely access remote areas of wilderness. Non-hunting companions are welcome to enjoy a wide range of exciting or relaxing activities on offer.

 

Game

The highly sought after big game animals found in the South Island are Red Stag (Cervus Elaphus), Elk Bull (Wapiti, or Cervus Canadensis), Bull Tahr (Hemitragus Emlaicus), Chamois Buck (Rupicapra Rupicapra), Fallow Buck, South Pacific Goat and Aarapawa Ram. 

Minaret Station Hunting

Terrain

Minaret Station privately owns a 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime hunting territory in the Southern Alps. In addition to this Minaret Station holds independent concessions to hunt on conservation lands covering some four million acres including National Parks. The region’s terrain is nothing short of dramatic. Gently undulating lowlands are shouldered by steep ridges rising to permanent snow fields. Clearly defined vegetation zones separate densely forested hillsides, sub alpine scrubland and open mountain-tops

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Guides

The professional hunting guides at Minaret Station are committed to providing guests with a world-class hunting experience. Minaret Station guides are well acquainted with the terrain and game species in New Zealand. Many have also spent numerous seasons guiding internationally, bringing a wealth of knowledge to enhance your experience. They are skilled at assessing a hunters’ personal ability and thus ensuring success. Whether guests are well seasoned and internationally experienced, or looking to pick up a rifle for the first time, the guides have the ability to adapt their expertise accordingly, ensuring the highest level of satisfaction is achieved. Minaret Station guides are members of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and are further trained specifically to exceed industry benchmarks.

 

Guided Hunting Prices:


Daily Hunt Fee: $7,000

Our daily hunt fee includes your experienced hunting guide, lunch and refreshments, as well as helicopter access to the hunting terrain. The fee also includes national park, concession and access fees where applicable.  In addition to the daily hunt fee, specific trophy fees are payable for successful hunts. Hunters may take multiple animals on the same day without incurring additional daily hunt fees. Hunting on subsequent days would attract additional daily hunt fees.

 

Red Stag (SCI Score)

300-350 …………………………………..…………. NZD $6,500

351-400 ………………………………..……………. NZD $9,500

401-450 ……………………………..………….…… NZD $19,500

451-500 …………………………………...………… NZD $29,500

501-550 ………………………..……………………. NZD $39,500


Chamois .........…………….………................. NZD $2,950

Tahr..................……………….……….............. NZD $3,950


 

Inclusions

  • Helicopter access

  • Experienced guides

  • Food and beverage

  • Trophy fees include ammunition and firearms usage where required.

  • Initial trophy cleaning and preparation.


Exclusions

Fees do not include taxidermy or expediting. We can introduce hunters to our preferred taxidermist and freight forwarders ensuring seamless delivery

 

Additional Information

Departure Point Details: Wanaka, Queenstown, and Minaret Station Alpine Lodge. Additional departure points upon request.

Guide Ratio: Maximum one guide to two hunters, OR one guide to one hunter with one non-hunting companion. 

Seasonal Information:

  • Red Stag: February - July (inclusive). Enquire outside of this time.

  • Tahr/Chamois: Year round