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New Zealand Fair Chase Big Game Outfitters

Free Range Hunting Packages for Red Stag, Wapiti Elk, Bull Tahr, Chamois and Fallow Deer on Private Ranches in New Zealand

New Zealand Custom Outfitters is proud to provide hunting and fishing enthusiasts worldwide with amazing experiences that are totally unique to New Zealand. We offer premium hunts in New Zealand at top locations personally selected by the outfitter on both New Zealand’s North and South Island.

With deep connections on both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand, we can confidently put together exciting Safari Packages, from Red Stag hunts in the Southern Alps to Big Game Fishing charters. Contact Jason and his team and we’ll create your ultimate ‘multi-target’ adventure in New Zealand.

Hunting with New Zealand Custom Outfitters

We proudly offer to the discerning hunter an incredible array of trophy species and hunts over an extensive area of New Zealand. Imagine hunting for Red Stag in the beautiful Southern Alps and grabbing a Himalayan Tahr (The KING of the Southern Alps) along the way.

Our guiding team offers both local and international experience in all aspects of your hunt.

Custom Hunting Packages

New Zealand Custom Outfitters Specializes in Unique Hunting and Fishing Adventures

Let us take you to the premier locations to hunt for an amazing array of big game in New Zealand. Superior genetics and game management make our wilderness areas the best in the World for record breaking Red Stags.

The quarry of choice for hunters visiting New Zealand are Red Stags, Himalayan Tahr, European Chamois and Elk (New Zealand Wapiti). All of these species were introduced to New Zealand from overseas 80 to 150 years ago. There are no indigenous mammals here and therefore very few predators.

We specialize in custom tailored hunting adventures throughout New Zealand. A range of other unique big game species are available in New Zealand including Sika, Sambar, Fallow, Fallow Buck, Bush Bulls, Wild Boar, Goat and Ram can provide world class trophies. See our HUNTING page for more information. We also provide opportunities to hunt for Buffalo, Banteng and Boar in Australia.

Bowhunters, come hunting in New Zealand with a bowhunting Outfitter who knows what it takes to get you right in the zone.

Huntable Game Species:

  • Red Stag
  • Himalayan Tahr
  • European Chamois
  • Wapiti Elk
  • Sika
  • Sambar
  • Fallow Deer
  • Fallow Buck
  • Bush Bulls
  • Wild Boar
  • Goat
  • Ram

We specialize in Combo Hunting Packages

Red Stag Hunting

Red deer are the most common of the deer species found in New Zealand. Trophy red stags generally range from 300 to 450 SCI and generally weigh between 400 and 700 lbs. (180 – 320 kg) In good years these monsters can score more than 700 SCI. Superior genetics and game management practices are making New Zealand the best place in the world to take a record red stag. Stags are in hard antler from March to August and can be hunted any time through this period. Suitable calibers are .270 to .300 magnums.

Free-range Red Stag Hunting

We proudly offer guided hunts on large tracts of private land of more than half a million acres. This land consists of open grass country, native bush and exotic pine plantations. It’s highly fertile with rich limestone soils, lush high protein feed with strong mineral content and a fantastic, drought-free antler growing environment. There are many free range red stags here with excellent trophy present.

The Red stag population in this area has developed over the last 20 years from the best genetics of any free-range red deer in New Zealand and is now widely acknowledged for producing the top free range red Stags, some in excess of 300 SCI.

South Island Red Stag Hunts

We have access to several ranches and estates of more than half a million acres in the Canterbury and Otago high-country. The World’s largest red stags are found here. (500+ SCI) This is a cooler, dryer sundrenched climate. Combined with the high calcium limestone soils and perfect environment for incredible antler growth on the resident red stags. Free range Red Stags are on ranches up to 100,000 acres with stags available in the 200-300 SCI range.

The terrain here is rolling to steep hills, mostly open with bush patches in ravines. These eastern ranges back on the majestic, snow-peaked southern Alps. Access is by 4WD, quad, or helicopter and requires a good level of fitness.

New Zealand Elk (Wapiti)

We proudly offer hunts on private game estates. Superb game management and superior genetics produce world class trophy elk. New Zealand is home to the best elk hunting areas in the South Pacific.

High Country / Southern Alps Hunts

Himalayan Bull Tahr

The Southern Alps are home to the these amazingly agile mountain animals. These are the Kings of the Southern Alps and can be found in the Canterbury High Country. They boast an impressive mane and make beautiful trophies. This is New Zealand’s premier mountain animal and this is the only place in the world where tahr can be hunted. Winter months (March to September) provide the best ruff or manes. Bulls can weigh up to 300lbs (160kg) with horns generally 11-14 inches with 8-10 inch bases; requiring the same caliber rifle as for taking red deer. (.270 to .300 magnum).

On a day’s hunt you may see more than 100 tahr with many trophy bulls. We have access to private ranches in the Southern Alps with moderate to steep terrain. These are challenging hunts and require a good level of fitness. Access is by 4×4 or helicopter.

European Chamois

Chamois are very graceful mountain animals. They can be hunted year round and we often encounter chamois while hunting tahr. As with tahr hunts, chamois hunts are quite physically demanding, but the mountain top views are worth it. Access is by 4xD or helicopter.

Fallow Buck

New Zealand Custom Outfitters is based 2 hours to Christchurch, within a few hours to the Southern Alps and even closer to the eastern ranges.

Prime hunting locations are situated in the eastern ranges of the Southern Alps. These are private ranches and wilderness areas and are within two hours by vehicle from Christchurch International Airport.

Accommodations can range from tenting to hotels and lodges depending on your preference. Satisfied clients will always be talking about “Kiwi Hospitality” that comes included with every adventure we are involved with.



New Zealand Custom Outfitters was established in 2001 by our Outfitter/Professional Hunter Jason Kidd. The aim of New Zealand Custom Outfitters is to provide the most memorable hunting and fishing adventures in the clean, rugged and beautiful New Zealand.

Jason brings his life-long passion for the outdoors and wealth of experience to every custom planned safari.

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Additional Details

  • TYPES OF HUNTS:Free Range/Fair Chase Hunts, River Boat, Sea Boat, Spot and Stalk Hunts, Trophy Hunts, Veteran Hunts
  • HUNTING HARDWARE:Rifle, Archery/Bow, Fishing Rod
  • HUNTING LAND:Low Fence, Open Range, Private Lease
  • HUNTING ACCOMMODATIONS:Ranch House, Hunting Cabin, Hotel/Motel, Tent
  • CHAMOIS:South Pacific
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  • DEER:Fallow, Red Stag
  • ELK / WAPITI:South Pacific Red Stag, Red Stag
  • GOATS:Feral/Wild
  • SHEEP / RAMS:Aoudad/Barbary
  • TAHR:Himalayan
  • WILD BOAR / WILD HOGS:South Pacific
  • FRESHWATER FISH:Freshwater fish, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • SALTWATER FISH:Saltwater Fish, Atlantic Salmon, Bluefin Tuna