You can book last minute or up to 3 years ahead of your hunt. March and April is when the stags are roaring, so this time gets booked up first.
You will need to apply for a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority and an IVL (International Visitors Levy) before you arrive into New Zealand. It can take up to 72 hours to approve these visas, and once approved, they are valid for multiple visits and last for 2 years. Visit immigration.govt.nz/nzeta fill out the form and/or download the app. NZeTA NZ$9 for requests submitted using mobile app. NZeTA NZ$12 for requests submitted using website form. IVL NZ$35 per person.
From the United States, New Zealand is an overnight flight. Air New Zealand flies directly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago to Auckland International Airport (North Island). From Auckland you will need to catch a short connector flight (60 minutes) to Palmerston North Airport where you will be met by our one of our Alpine Hunting team.
Alpine Hunting offers personalized touring options in both the North and South Islands to show you the best of what New Zealand has to offer! Choose between a guided tour with our very own tour guide, or a full itinerary and booking service for you to explore the country on your own!
Any of the .30 calibres or .270 up. Handguns are not permitted in New Zealand.
Firearm permits are available upon arrival at Auckland International Airport at a cost of NZ$25. At least 10 days before you arrive in the country you must apply online to import your firearm. See Firearms in the drop down link under INFORMATION.
It is not difficult to bring conventional sporting rifles into New Zealand. A firearms license and import permit are available by applying online with the NZ Police and paying NZ$25. You must fill out the online application no less than 30 days before you arrive in New Zealand. All the information you need to complete the application is on the FIREARMS page of our website. Bring your own or save the hassle and rent one of ours for US$100.
Absolutely! Our guides are very proficient at guiding bow hunters and we have over 25 bow blinds strategically placed throughout the hunting area. You can also spot and stalk if the situation allows.
You need to remember that New Zealand's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. We will provide you with a clothing checklist when you book with us.
Of course! We are well equipped with Can-Am ATV's for transportation and our guides are more than happy to include your non-hunting companion in your hunt. There are numerous 'photo opportunities' in the hunting area.
The daily rate for non-hunting companions is US$195 per day.
It takes approximately 90 days for your trophies to arrive at your nearest designated Fish and Wildlife port in the US. When you hunt with us, you'll need to bring your taxidermist information with you so we can process your paperwork for export of your trophies after your hunt.
It is most cost-efficient to have your trophies mounted in the US, however we are happy to arrange for mounting of your trophies in New Zealand by our taxidermist. We also know several taxidermists based in the US who are very experienced with New Zealand species. Recommendations are available by request.
It is very difficult to take your meat back to the US, however if you are prepared to do A LOT of paperwork with US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Department of Agriculture before your trip, we can pass on the process that has worked for some of our hunters in the past.
In order to have such high quality trophy red stags, our hunting area is boundary fenced – only to the New Zealand standard as required by legislation. Our fences are no higher than 6ft and only around the perimeter - that's 20 miles of external fence.
Absolutely! Alpine Hunting's booking, pricing and cancellation policies are fully transparent and if you do not harvest the desired game you came after we will refund you the trophy fee.
We recommend that you purchase the usual travel insurance when you book your trip which will provide you with the usual travel insurance benefits. www.huntandtravel.com offer SCI members Gun Insurance and Trophy Insurance.