New Zealand Hunting at its best

Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris has been offering New Zealand Hunting since 1993. New Zealand hunting and our guiding service is based around Red stag huntingtahr hunting and chamois hunting, Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris offers hunting packages for these three main game animals plus further New Zealand hunting species, Whitetail, Fallow, Sika, Elk, Awapara ram, Goat, Boar and small game. With our detailed follow up info we can lay out all the options and make sure you know which New Zealand hunting package is right for you.

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New Zealand Hunting Packages

Adventurous wilderness hunting packages or exclusive private land hunting packages, we can make it happen with our enthusiastic, experienced and professional team and our no surprises all smiles way of operating. We will build a New Zealand hunting package that suits you.

Red Stag Hunting NZ - Gold Medal Red Stag

Tom Edgley with his New Zealand red stag, guided by Outfitter Chris McCarthy

New Zealand Hunting - Our strengths

Free-range New Zealand hunting for tahr, chamois, fallow and free-range red stags. We are one of the few outfitters left in New Zealand hunting offering traditional free-range hunting. Chris McCarthy your New Zealand hunting Outfitter and guide offers unrivalled knowledge and professionalism to help you achieve your hunting goals. With Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris you can also hunt estate animals as big as anyone else in the country can offer, but we have the unique option of being able to offer genuine free-range New Zealand hunting as well.

New Zealand Hunting - Bull Tahr at 5 metres


Book a hunting package with Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris in the knowledge that we hold a Department of Conservation approved concession. We are proud members of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and associate members of the New Zealand Tourism Association.


Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris' objective is for everyone to have an enjoyable and successful hunting experience, as well as a safe and comfortable one.


What our clients say..

A fantastic week with the McCarthy family. We got the tahr and 3 nice chamois so Eduardo is very happy on our honeymoon! Thank you very much come to Spain and visit us!! Thanks to your lovely Mum, your girls were the best company for me!! Isabel and Eduardo, Spain, June/July 2015.

The New Zealand wilderness hunting experience is one of the few to be touched by the modern world. Steeped in history one can grasp how the true hunters of yesteryear plied their trade in such a harsh and at times unforgiving playground. Chris is the master of upholding traditional New Zealand hunting, taking you outside your comfort zone, although always being in total control. Praise to Chris McCarthy a true enigma of wilderness hunting. Tim Hughes, Australia, June 2015.

Now back for my 4th hunt with Chris, I know have tahr, red stag and chamois, great experience as usual and brilliant hospitality, will definately be back !! Stephen Byrne, Australia,July 2012.

Had the most outstanding time. 1 great tahr, 1 sweet as chamois, quail, a Canadian goose and some nice ducks. Just the best wilderness hunt, Chris is one guide who gets you game you want and then some, thanks Chris & Bronwyn. Hope to be back soon and will be reccomending you to all. Xavier Burns, Australia, June 2012


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