Combine four days hunting on the 50,000 acre Minaret Station, staying in one of the world's most unique alpine lodges accessible only by helicopter, with days exploring the mighty Southern Alps around the famous lake resorts of Wanaka and Queenstown.

7-8 Days Southern
Lakes Explorer

Wanaka and Queenstown are arguably the most well-known adventure towns in New Zealand. Both are wedged between towering mountains and large glistening blue lakes. Queenstown is perhaps the most famous with it's high-end international shops and vast array of bars and restaurants. While Wanaka might be the sleepy cousin it is no less stunningly beautiful and the perfect place to relax and unwind.  These two locations will provide the city top-ups on your adventure.

Your hunting adventure takes place within the stunning landscape of Minaret Station.  Set in a remote glacial valley, surrounded by towering peaks above the north west shores of Lake Wanaka, this privately owned 50,000 acre wilderness will be your hunting playground. A further four million acres including National Parks is exclusively licensed by the government to Minaret for free range hunting - in particular of Tahr and Chamois. This is exceptional alpine hunting terrain.  

Duration
  • 7-8 days
Outdoor Pursuits available with this sample itinerary
Monarch's high country stations total over 100,000 acres and have some of the best red stag hunting you can experience. During the "roar", the stags bellow there mighty roars, echoing through the valleys and is a magical time to be in the hills, pursuing this great animal. 
Red Stag Hunting
There is really no doubt that New Zealand offers the worlds best 'Estate' red stag hunting. However many of our clients seek the genuine free range hunting experience - particularly for Tahr and Chamois.
Tahr & Chamois
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Day: 1

Arrive Queenstown

Arriving into the cosmopolitan alpine resort of Queenstown either from your international flight from Australia or via an internal flights from Christchurch or Auckland, you will be met by your Monarch Guide who will quickly assist getting you transferred to a waiting helicopter that will whisk you high into the Southern Alps and your base for the next three nights at the incredible Minaret Station. 

Minaret Station is not only NZ's first luxury lodge but it continues to lead and innovate tourism within NZ.  While the folk on the station may consider themselves a humble operation, their outstanding commitment to quality and service, ensures that there is a growing number of returning guest year after year.

Arrive Queenstown
Your Lodge accommodation high up on Minaret Station
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Day: 2-4

Red Stag Hunting Minaret Station

Minaret Station is a truly wilderness paradise. Over the next three days you will experience the most incredible mountainous hunting terrain deep in the Southern Alps on the 50,000 acre estate. Surround by towering mountains with Lake Wanaka far below in the distance the challenge is to keep your eye on the prize and not get distracted by the enormity of the epic scenery.

As one of New Zealand's long established guided hunting businesses, Minaret Station offers a premium guided hunting experience.  The Minaret Station estates boast some extraordinarily desirable trophy stags in the region of 350 - 420 sci. Much larger trophies however are often available to be hunted on request.  If you seek a trophy above 420 sci, then we strongly recommend you pre-arrange this with us prior to arrival so that we can ensure hunting availability.

In the evening feast in your luxurious mountain retreat on the freshest local produce prepared by our resident chef and matched with exquisite New Zealand wines - a truly unique fine dining experience

Red Stag Hunting Minaret Station
Red stag, Tahr and Chamois hunting on over 50,000 acres of high country station
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Day: 4

Wine Taste to Queenstown

Spend the morning with your last chance to grab that trophy Stag you have been stalking all week or add to the collection with a beautiful Buck Fallow or European Chamois. That afternoon your helicopter arrives to take you on a marvellous three town, three winery, tasting experience.

Helicopter over Lake Wanaka, Lake Dunstan and the Ben Nevis stopping for incredible wine tastings in the famous wine regions around Wanaka, Cromwell and Gibbston.

Wine Taste to Queenstown
Central Otago is most well-known for it's Pinot Noir wines
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Day: 5 - 7

Queenstown Adventure

There is no better place to finish your travels with Monarch than in Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier winter and summer mountain destination, an alpine resort town and the Adventure Capital of the World.  

Besides the stunning 360 degree vistas of the Wakatipu framed by The Remarkables, Ben Lomand and Cecil Peak, the town itself is a vibrant community of international locals and travellers alike. This contributes to a truly international choice of dining options while the shopping balances the local crafts well with many higher end brands.  

For the adventure seekers we have an exciting few days planned with wilderness jet-boating, 4WD adventures and if time permits an incredible day trip to Fiordland National park to explore Milford and Dusky Sounds - where towering waterfalls cascade down steep fjords to meet the sea - an iconic part of the New Zealand's natural allure

The evenings are yours to wander around town and sample the exquisite cuisine on offer in the many fine dining restaurants or enjoy a local award winning Pinot Noir a lake side bar as the sun sets. Your Monarch guide will be on hand to help, guide and organise your evenings so the only thing you need to do is relax, enjoy and experience Queenstown.

Queenstown Adventure
Friends enjoying their time in Queenstown
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