New Zealand Hunting Lodge


Q: Are there Visa requirements when traveling to New Zealand?

A: YES. Non residents traveling into New Zealand require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Application for an ETA is a simple 10 minute online process. Use this link to access the Immigration NZ ETA information and application web page:

We recommend you pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZ ETA.  

Q: When is the best time to hunt in New Zealand?

A: This is our number one question! For hunting New Zealand deer species, Red deer, Wapiti (Elk), Fallow deer; Late February to July (ruts being mid March to late April). And for hunting New Zealand alpine species, Tahr and Chamois; April to August (ruts being May and June). For our other species, Wild boar, Wild Bulls, Alpine Goat, Arapawa Ram late February till September.

Q: Where do we fly in to in New Zealand and on what airline?

A: Most International flights arrive into New Zealand at Auckland (North Island) and then you take a short domestic flight to Christchurch (South Island). Air New Zealand is our National airline, which we choose to fly with ourselves.

Q: Do you exhibit at any International hunting shows?

A: Yes we regularly exhibit at Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Dallas, Tx USA
And Safari Club International(SCI) Las Vegas, Nv USA

Q: How do your fees work?

A: As per New Zealand industry standards we charge a daily rate, which covers local transport, quality lodging, catering, guiding etc. In addition we charge a trophy fee for game taken during your hunt. Prices are charged in US$ and INCLUDE New Zealand Taxes where applicable.

Q: How do we deposit?

A: You are required to pay a 25% deposit to book your hunt with us. We accept electronic transfer (wire), Visa, MasterCard, cash and cheques. Many hunters book their hunts a year or two ahead to secure optimum dates.

Q: What’s your luxury hunting lodge dining experience like?

A: Quality dining around our large lodge dining table, where you will experience scrumptious meals and award winning wines.

Q: Do I need to bring my own rifle?

A: Half of our hunter guests bring their favourite rifle, however should you desire we have lodge loan rifles (both left and right handed) available for you to hunt with.

Q: Do you welcome bow hunters or black powder hunters?

A: Yes we do host both bow and black powder hunters. You will need to bring your own bow or black powder rifle to use.

Q: What about expediting and/or taxidermy?

A: We have New Zealand taxidermists take care of your trophies. The taxidermists can either taxidermy and ship your trophies for you, or expedite to your own taxidermist.

Q: When should we use a helicopter and/or aircraft?

A: We utilise helicopters and bush planes (Cessna aircraft) for transportation in and around our mountains. They are common place, and the use of them is somewhat similar to New Yorkers hailing a cab!

Q: What is there for non-hunters to do?

A: As well as being treated like royalty staying at our luxurious lodge we offer a myriad of adventures and experiences. Non-hunter activities.

Q: Can you arrange a post hunt scenic tour?

A: We specialise in post hunt scenic tours and are more than happy to assist you with all of the arrangements, to the finest detail.

Q: Can you recommend a Christchurch hotel?

A: Yes there are a number available:

The George Hotel
Tele: +64 3 379 4560
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch City Central
This hotel is centrally located in Christchurch city and has excellent amenities.

Copthorne Hotel Commodore
Tele: +64 3 358 8129
449 Memorial Avenue, Burnside
This hotel is located in Christchurch city, close to the airport and has reasonable amenities.

Ibis Hotel
Tele: +64 3 367 8666
107 Hereford Street, Central Christchurch
This hotel is located in central Christchurch city, close to container shops and has standard amenities.

Do you have any questions about hunting in New Zealand or at Manuka Point?

Contact Don Patterson – owner of Manuka Point Lodge; Professional Hunter, Outfitter and Host.

US Freephone:

1 855 750 0845

NZ Telephone

+64 3 318 5878