A once in a lifetime experience hunting in some of the most amazing landscape you will find anywhere in the world for big Stags, Tahr, Chamois and Buck Fallow plus a fully guided luxurious travel adventure through New Zealand's South Island staying at award winning luxury lodges.

Whether dining on fresh estate grown produce, sampling the very best local wines, star-gazing in the Mackenzie country, landing a small plane on a glacier in Mount Cook National Park or unwinding after a days activities in the lodge spa these itineraries are not just perfect for the avid hunter, but perfect for the whole family and friends.

12-14 Days Ultimate
New Zealand

This is the perfect trip for couples, friends and families that want to combine a world class hunting experience with an out of this world travel adventure. These itineraries will give you the ultimate journey through New Zealand's South Island meeting local characters, enjoying a multitude of culinary delights paired with exquisite local wines, in better than world class lodges. 

Powered by helicopters, small planes, luxury vehicles, and an enthusiastic & knowledgable Monarch guide your New Zealand adventure will be a once in lifetime experience from the high mountain wildnesses, to crystal clear rivers and lakes, rainforests, and beaches and the hustle and bustle of the South Islands main towns.

DURATION
  • 12-14 days
Outdoor Pursuits available with this sample itinerary
Recommended add-ons and upgrades
Day: 1

Arrive Christchurch

If you arrive in Auckland or Queenstown you will transit to the domestic airport for your scheduled flight to Christchurch - the gateway to the South Island and the stunning Southern Alps. From Christchurch you will then be transferred via private luxury transport to the beautifully restored historic residence - Otahuna Lodge.  Located in Tai Tapu, approximately 30 minutes drive away, the Lodge is a stunning combination of 'the romance of the past with the cosmopolitan pleasures of the present' and remains New Zealand's largest private historic residence.

This is the perfect setting to recharge your batteries after your travels, while taking the opportunity to sample the exceptional 'Estate to Plate' cuisine that is pride of place at Otahuna. We recommend a guided tour of the incredible gardens with Miles to both understand in depth the illustrious history of the property and stretch your legs after the long flight.

Arrive Christchurch
The gardens of Otahuna are nothing short of spectacular. Originally created 118 years ago under the direction of A.E. Lowe who trained at Kew Gardens, London.
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Day: 2

Otahuna Lodge

Take the day at your leisure to acclimatise, relax and prepare yourself for your incredible New Zealand adventure. Delight in the magnificent residence that is the historically listed Otahuna Lodge. Considered one of the best examples of unspoiled Queen Anne architecture in Australasia, it was built as a homestead in 1895 for Sir Heaton Rhodes, a high-profile pioneer of Canterbury.  

Today it offers unparalleled elegance and beauty set amongst a stunning location with sweeping views towards the Southern Alps. The exceptionally beautiful gardens and the five-course chef’s degustation menu in the opulent formal dining room combine to deliver a unique touch of NZ history and culture. Play a game of croquet or petanque, enjoy a relaxing massage, or venture into Akaroa or Christchurch to see the earthquake rebuild.

Otahuna Lodge
Built in 1895 for Sir Heaton Rhodes, Otahuna is considered one of the best examples of unspoiled Queen Anne architecture in Australasia
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Day: 3 - 7

Hunting High Peak Station

After a leisurely start your Monarch guide will take you the approximate 90 minutes into the Canterbury foothills on the edge of the SOuthern Alps to High Peak Station.

Monarch is extremely privileged to boast High Peak as a Hunting Estate Partner. Located in the central South Island, in a private valley at the head of the Selwyn River, near the Rakaia Gorge High Peak balances exceptional hunting experiences with privacy and exclusivity. Your Monarch guide works closely with the small but dedicated family team to create a hunting experience enriched with history, knowledge, safety and tradition, one that is 100% focused on you. High Peak is a rare gem in New Zealand with three generations living on the property,

Your Monarch experience at High Peak stands out in new Zealand hunting for the dedicated passion to the art of stalking. A great deal of emphasis is placed on the wide open-ranging trophy herds to deliver a true fair-chase stalking experience - big acres in which to play exclusively!

Please discuss with us your hunting goals such as trophy stags above 400 sci, Tahr, Chamois and Fallow trophies. Everything is available within the High Peak Station with reasonable notice.

Hunting High Peak Station
The 5,000 acre High Peak Station is arguably one of the best estate hunting experiences anywhere in the world
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Day: 7 - 8

Lake Pukaki Mount Cook National Park

After one final opportunity to hunt any trophies you have not managed to bag yet (maybe a buck fallow is on the cards?) you head South through the Mackenzie Basin to the incredible Ashley Mackenzie Lodge nestled located in a private setting overlooking Lake Pukaki and Aoraki Mount Cook. You'll stop at the famous Mt Cook Salmon Farms on our way and spend time exploring the picturesque Tekapo township on the shores of Lake Tekapo.  

Unwind in the Fantail Spa and prepare for an evening of sumptuous wine tasting and dinner followed by an incredible star gazing experience over Lake Tekapo as part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. The next day we picnic on West Coast after our flight over Mount Cook National Park with the added highlight of a Tasman Glacier landing.

The majestic Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged expanse of untouched mountain ranges, blue lakes and wide open skies that make up the awe inspiring alpine UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the Southern Alps in the Mackenzie Region. Formally established in 1953, the park contains more than 140 peaks standing over 2,000 metres (6,600 ft), 19 peaks over 3,000 meters, 72 named glaciers including New Zealand’s largest glacier – the Tasman Glacier, and our tallest mountain - the park's name sake, Mt Cook.  Collectively these natural features cover over 40 percent of its 700 square kilometres (170,000 acres).

The West Coast of NZ, a short flight across the Southern Alps, is another piece of untamed natural wilderness, retaining the feeling of a pioneer frontier. From dense virgin rainforests to wild coastlines with glaciers and geological treasures in between, the scenery is simply epic. From the western slopes of the Southern Alps to the coast, this diverse land spans 600km of coastline and no more than 50 kilometres in width at its widest point and populated by only 31,000 people, making it a gem of a natural untouched environment.

Today we explore this truly unique environment from the skies in the comfort of your private helicopter landing on glaciers and a remote West Coast beach for lunch.

Lake Pukaki Mount Cook National Park
flying over mount cook national park
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Day: 8 - 10

Destination Wanaka

For the next two nights you'll be staying at the unforgettable Eco Sanctuary and Lodge Mahu Whenua, on the shores of Lake Wanaka or high up in the Southern Alps on Minaret Station. Both working stations boast over 50,000 acres of playground. Surrounded by great mountains, alpine countryside, lake, rivers and valleys, these lodges are arguable some of the best in the world boasting captivating views of Lake Wanaka and beyond. 

Relax and take in the incredible vistas or make the most of the great range of excursions and experiences that you can partake in including Heli Biking, Hunting, Rock Climbing, Water Sports and Wellness, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, spa services, cooking courses and heli-skiing. 

Destination Wanaka
Lake Wanaka is New Zealand's fourth largest lake
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Day: 10+

Queenstown Adventuring

While we'll be heading to Queenstown today to discover the jewel in the South Islands crown, we'll entertain you with a transfer flight and a 'three town wine tasting' by helicopter on the way!

We'll take the opportunity to sample wines and craft beer from Central Otago, the world's southern-most commercial wine growing region best known for its internationally acclaimed and world recognised Pinot Noirs, accounting for over 70% of wine production in the region

The Cromwell Basin contains the largest concentration of vines in an area bounded by the Kawarau River, Lake Dunstan and the Pisa mountain range while Gibbston Valley, also known as the 'Valley of the Vines', is one of the most scenic wine growing areas you'll ever encounter. Vineyards are sandwiched, sometimes precariously, between rugged schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge.

Alongside the Pinot's and Craft Beer, other varieties including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc are also grown.  We highly recommend trying the locally grown and produced shared platters, crafted to match the delightful Otago Wines.

The late afternoon and evening is all yours to wander around Queenstown to try any of the multitude of bars, restaurants or dance late into night if so desired.  And of course there are so many adventure activities to try as well.  Why not combine the Skyline Gondola with a fun Luge and Bungy Jump? Pop out to the historical gold mining town Arrowtown on the double decker red London bus?  Your Monarch CEO is here to help and facilitate your afternoon and evening, and should you decide to add on a few more nights, they will book this for you.

Otherwise, we leave you here in Queenstown to enjoy the rest of your stay in our beautiful part of the world

Queenstown Adventuring
Enjoying the sunset over Lake Hayes in Queenstown
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