A. Remember that New Zealand seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the USA is winter in New Zealand. Clothing should be for cool to cold conditions, which can include rain and snow especially between May and July.
A. Excellent quality hunting jackets and pants made specifically for New Zealand conditions are available for purchase at our lodge.
A. Boots must have a good rubber tread sole or deep cleats, be broken in and preferably waterproof. All hunting is done on foot with 4×4 vehicles being used for transport. One pair of hunting boots and one pair of casual shoes are sufficient, slippers are a good idea in cooler months!
A. It is important you bring a good set of binoculars for spotting game, you will often glass game from high on limestone ridges. It is not necessary to bring a spotting scope as your guide will carry one.
A. Kaweka Hunting works closely with our preferred travel provider in the USA for flights to New Zealand. When you are considering booking a hunt, we are happy to put you in direct contact with our agent who knows New Zealand almost as well as any Kiwi!
That’s easy, we can help you organize and discuss your options for the remainder of your stay in New Zealand depending on what you are interested in going.
If you prefer to do it yourself, just book a rental car and we’ll give you a list of the best sources of information to plan your itinerary.
A. Clients should ensure that they have current medical and travel insurance including trip cancellation insurance. Kaweka Hunting can assist with travel insurance arrangements through our agent in the USA.
A. We will put you in contact with our taxidermist and together you can decide the best method to get your trophy home.
A. There is no difficulty in bringing conventional sporting rifles into New Zealand. Handguns and military style firearms can not be brought into the country for hunting purposes.
We are happy to provide a firearms License and Import Permit prior to arrival in New Zealand. Documentation can also be completed upon arrival if preferred. Currently the Government charge for the import permit and Firearms license is NZ$25. At your first point of entry into New Zealand (Auckland or Christchurch airports) advise customs that you have a firearm(s) and they will direct you to the Airport Police. Most shots are between 100-300 yards on big game so 7mm Mag and .300 Mags are ideal.
A. We have a range of firearms available for guests to use for a small charge of $50 for your entire hunt. Camp rifles are well maintained, with good quality optics.
A. For US citizens, a visa is not required; however a current passport is mandatory on entry into New Zealand. If in doubt, check with your travel agent.
A. It is advisable that you carry a small amount of NZD cash for incidentals and airport departure taxes ($25 at Auckland Airport). USD can be exchanged upon arrival at Auckland airport.
A. Most digital cameras, videos and laptop computers can be used in New Zealand with the use of simple adapter provided at the lodge. For other appliances, it is recommended you purchase or bring with you a power converter as we work on a 240v system.
A. Our lodge is equipped with a wireless router for guests who wish to use their laptops whilst in camp