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The following information is updated on a regular basis please check back often.

Included below is our current newsletter, our pending top ten animals for the 2013 season and also last season's client testimonials.

Latest Updates

Visit us at the SCI - "Ultimate Hunters' Market" in Las Vegas, Nevada - Feb 4 - 7, 2015 at the Mandelay Bay Convention Centre, Booth 246. We'd really love to meet you so call by and say Hi!

Check out our Facebook page for what's going on at the ranch. There are also lots of great photos there to give you sample of what we offer.



If facebook or social media is not your "cup of tea" we still offer a good old fashioned newsletter from time to time. If you are not already on our mailing list you can simply subscribe using the form at the bottom right of this page. Alternatively bookmark this page and return here to check for the latest copy.

Spring Newsletter 2014

Hi, everybody! Well it has been an extremely wet winter to say the least! However, moving forward the experts are predicting dryer than normal conditions for the summer and autumn, which bodes well for the upcoming hunting season. Because of the wet season there is a bit of damage to tracks, but these will be repaired well in advance of the upcoming season.

2014 castsAs you can see from the photo of some of the casts picked up out of the park recently, there are going some very good stags available next season. We are expecting several to be 500 plus, and hopefully maybe one or two even in the magical 600 class! But don`t worry, there is also an abundance of quality stags in the 320 to 400 and 400 to 500 classes We are hoping to post some photos on the website as they are growing out before the season commences, so watch this space! Also, we have observed some huge Fallow, Rusa, Sambar and Sika on the park, as well as Awapara rams and Spanish goats.

new blind Rob and Pat have been busy constructing several new blinds. These are primarily for bow hunters if they choose to hunt in this fashion but will also be available for rifle hunters if desired. They will be strategically placed in areas of high animal numbers. The main Kiwi way of spot and stalk will still be the preferred option for many clients. However, we are aware that some of you are very comfortable with blind hunting and may in fact prefer that method.

We have been fortunate to acquire the services of another very experienced guide, Joe Sheridan, for the future starting next season. Joe`s wife Lisa is also working for us. She will be managing the lodge. Joe is currently guiding in the US and has been a guide for quite a number of years now. With both Pat and Joe on the team, we feel we are offering some of the most experienced guides available in New Zealand.

Well that’s about it for now. Rob and Pat will be at the SCI convention in Las Vegas at booth 246, so make sure you stop by if you are attending or watch for us at other shows around the U.S.A. Also, feel free to contact us via our contact details at the bottom of this page or facebook and we’ll fill you in on the latest!

From the team at Kaweka Hunting


2014 March Newsletter

Pending Top Ten Animals for the 2013 Season

2013 Pending Top 10 Sambar

Roger Puccinelli's Pending Top Ten Sambar

2013 SCI Donation Hunt

2013 Pending Top 10 Sambar

Ryan Puccinelli's Pending Top Ten Sambar

2013 SCI Donation Hunt

2013 Pending top 10 Sambar

Justin Ready's Pending Top Ten Sambar

2013 Pending Top 10 Sambar

Brett Kenner's Pending Top Ten Sambar

2013 Pending Top 10 Fallow

Lori Ontko with her Pending Top Ten Fallow

2013 Top 10 Pending Turkeys

Roger Puccinelli with two Pending Top Ten Turkeys



lucky and kathy brumley, nevada, USA

Lucky and Kathy Brumley

Our experience with Kaweka Hunting started when we landed at Napier Airport. We were met and taken on a small tour around Napier to a winery and lookout. We then headed to Kaweka Hunting. When we got to the lodge, we were introduced to our guide, Marcus, a young guide who was very knowledgeable and personable. Marcus, who is at least 6 foot 6 inches, helped us on our hunt by keeping his strides short so he wouldn't leave us behind.

The chef, Dan, was very exceptional at his trade. He fixed the game that was shot so that it would melt in your mouth.

Suzie, the manager at the lodge, made us feel like we had known her for years. She was very helpful with anything that we needed.

Rob, the owner, was always at the lodge even though he lived farther away. We were able to get fantastic animals (Red Stag, Arapawa ram, goat, and Fallow deer) under the guidance of Marcus.

After our hunt was over, Marcus showed us the national park and some of the countryside. We will probably be back in a few more years to get another Red Stag and a Sika deer.

All of the staff made this hunt a once-in-a-lifetime experience..

If you are ever in Las Vegas or some place close to here, please give us a call so we can see you again. We miss you already.

Lucky & Kathy Brumley

Las Vegas, Nevada


Roger and Ryan (SON) Puccinelli, Nevada, USA

Roger Puccinelli

My son Ryan and I hunted with Rob at his Kaweka Hunting Lodge in N.Z. in May this year. Every hunt to me is judged on how memorable and enjoyable the experience. Kaweka Lodge is first class and sits at the foot of rolling green hills with snow capped mountains in the back drop.

The chef, Dan, prepared meals normally found in 5 star dinning with fresh baked breads and deserts.The hostess, Suzie took care of our every need.

Ryan Puccinelli

Rob and Pat, our guides were knowledgeable hunters versed on the game and area, but more important they were fun to hunt and hang with.

On top of good accommodations, great food and companionship Ryan took a Sambar, at this time scoring # 3 SCI, along with a great Rusa and Sika. My Sambar, at this time, scores #10 SCI. I also took a great Fallow and Sika but the frosting on the cake was being able to take a White turkey, I have only heard of a few and never seen one.

I would recommend Rob and Kaweka Hunting to any avid hunter or for a family hunting trip, the game is exceptional and experience memorable.

Roger Puccinelli

Reno, Nevada


thomas boylan, arizona, USA

Thomas Boylan

Kaweka Hunting is a first class operation. From the world class animals, the great food and the wonderful staff, to the fabulous lodge.

Kaweka Hunting can't be beaten.

Thomas Boylan



thomas and karen Sellin, idaho, USA

Thomas and Karen Sellin

Karen and I had a wonderful time. My 73 year old wife has never hunted in her life and she had a great time.

We really enjoyed the facilities and everybody was very accommodating and helpful.  We hunted with Pat and Marcus, they did a great job guiding.  Pat did a wonderful job helping my wife take her first 3 animals. 

We had great food and wine, wonderful conversations and the hunting was spectacular.

Thomas Sellin

Eagle, Idaho


Alea and Travis Beedle, Oregon, USA

Alea and Travis Beedle

After a couple years of planning our trip to New Zealand, our experience with Kaweka Hunting was nothing less than perfect. It was nice to feel so at home and taken care of. The staff,food,and accommodations are amazing!! Thank you all so much for a great time! "

Alea and Travis Beedle

Astoria, Oregon


Stew FIField, nevada, USA

Stew Fifield

Rob, I would like to thank you for making my dream hunt a memorable one. Everything is first class. Pat, Marcus and Lee worked their tails off guiding the three of us. We couldn't say enough to thank them. The food was 5 star please thank Dan for us. Suzie is great as a Tour Guide, it was nice to get out and see a bit more of New Zealand. You all went out of your way to make it fantastic. Thank you.

Stew Fifield

Las Vegas, Nevada


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