Travel right through the heart of the Southern Alps taking in the international resorts of Queenstown and Wanaka, the immense Ahuriri Valley, Lake Pukaki and the big hills around Canterbury. Travel from Christchurch to Queenstown or vice versa with 4 or 5 days hunting for the world famous big red Stags, plus Tahr and Chamois on either of New Zealand's biggest hunting estates: Minaret Station or High Peak Station. 

Trophy travel for the trophy hunter!

9-10 Days Perfect
New Zealand

Prepare to be delighted on this Perfect New Zealand itinerary which combines the thrill of the hunt with a touch of sightseeing and sampling of the very best regional cuisine and wines. 

Spend an optional extra day in Christchurch and discover the many beautiful parks, gardens and tree-lined streets which make up the fabric of this beautiful Southern city before taking a luxury transfer to the unique High Peak Station for the start of your hunting adventure.  Located in a private valley near the Rakaia Gorge this station, respected for its massive wide open hunting terrain with private access, offers world class trophy Red Stags, as well as the Bull Tahr and Chamois, Bulk Elk and Wapiti, Fallow Buck, Arapawa Ram, Pacific Goat, Captain Cook Boar, alongside small game and game birds.

Explore the wonders the UNESCO World Heritage area of Aoraki Mt Cook.  Spend an incredible day flying between the towering mountains and glaciers of the region and the intense rainforests and rugged coastlines of the West Coast on a private aerial tour.

Enjoy the beautiful wine growing regions of Cromwell and Gibbston Valley on your way down to Queenstown, set amongst dramatic rocky outcrops and stunning vistas of snow capped mountains. Recognised as one of the premium Pinot Noir growing regions in the world, you'll be delighted with the pairing of these fine wines with locally grown and produced shared platters.

In Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, take a wilderness jet boat excursion or 4WD adventure, relax and wander through the cafes and international luxury stores, and enjoy evening discovering why it's called a 'resort' town, with its many restaurants, cafe's, bars and beautiful views.

DURATION
  • 9-10 days
DAN'S HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Ahruri River is considered one of the Top 10 in the world to fish. It is crystal clear and fast flowing making it a real challenge for anglers. For keen fishing folk I highly recommend an evening fly-fishing outing.
  • It would be a pity to come all this way to New Zealand and miss out on Wanaka.
  • The Sounds of Milford and Dusky in Fiordland National Park are amazing and very much worth the daytrip
 - NZ Tourism Guru & Outdoor Junkie
Dan Roberts
NZ Tourism Guru & Outdoor Junkie
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Day: 1

Arrive Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown

If you arrive in Auckland or Queenstown your Monarch Guide will meet for a private transfer to the domestic airport for your scheduled flight to Christchurch.

At Christchurch we will meet you for your transfer to High Peak Station (approximately 90 minutes) by luxury vehicle. A modern centrally heated stone and timber retreat, this 4 bedroom lodge seated to the East of the base of Mount Hutt combines stunning views with a relaxed atmosphere. It provides the perfect base for your hunting adventure.

Today, the afternoon is yours to acclimatise, rest and relax - spend some time at the shooting range calibrating your rifle with your hunting guides, soak in the outdoor spa with spectacular views back over to Mt Hutt, or unwind with a local wine in the comfortable lodge bar. On warm summer nights, the well appointed outdoor BBQ area is a delightful way to soak in the afternoon sun, or mingle in the comfort of the lounge around the fireplace. We recommend an optional massage to unwind after your long flight.

Arrive Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown
The Avon River meanders gracefully through the heart of Christchurch
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Day: 2 - 5

High Peak Hunting

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!

High Peak Hunting
Your New Zealand hunting adventure takes place on the 5,000 acre High Peak Station
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Day: 5

Destination Mackenzie Country

This morning you will have one last opportunity to hunt any trophies you have not managed to bag yet. Maybe a buck fallow is on the cards? This afternoon your Monarch CEO will transfer you to the Mackenzie Country - home to the big lakes district. Staying at either Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat or The Lindis we will stop along route on this three hour drive and explore the township of Tekapo and a working high-country Salmon farm - world famous for the gold standard of it's trout.

The Mackenzie Country is the only World Heritage skyline in the world with crystal clear air making it possible to view the intense Southern Alps. An evening of local New Zealand wines and star gazing is one of our favourite things to do. There is the possibility to try your hand at astro-photography if your camera can connect with our telescopes.

Destination Mackenzie Country
Capturing the evening light in Tekapo
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Day: 6

Mt Cook/West Coast Experience

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 you explore this truly unique environment by private helicopter combining glacier landings with a secluded picnic lunch on a remote West Coast beach.

Mt Cook/West Coast Experience
Native to New Zealand the Kea is a mischievous mountain parrot seen often in the Southern Alps around Mount Cook and the West Coast
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Day: 7 - 10

Destination Queenstown

After a leisurely start we make the three hour transfer to the international Alpine hotspot of Queenstown. We won't go straight to Queenstown however, rather 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.

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. Over the next few days we pack in an action packed agenda including wilderness jet-bating, 4WD adventures and if time permits an incredible day trip to Fiordland National park to explore Milford and Dusky Sounds, home to towering waterfalls cascading down the side of steep mountains into the sea.

Destination Queenstown
Starting a night out in Queenstown with a glass of bubbles.
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