John Scurr New Zealand Hunting Tours

John Scurr Hunting Tours will guide you through New Zealand’s spectacular changing scenery from the wilderness southern lakes district to find record book Red Stags to the heart of the Southern Alps where the Tahr and Chamois roam free where you will appreciate the natural wonder we call Aotearoa.

John Scurr - Hunting Guide

With more than 40 years guiding and tourism experience, John's knowledge and expertise will make your New Zealand visit a memorable hunting experience. John has hunted around the world but New Zealand is his backyard; he knows where and when you will find the best trophy animals and has exclusive access to several non-public hunting blocks.

Learn more about John Scurr and read what some of his clients have said about their John Scurr Hunting Tour.

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As featured in Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine correspondent Chris Dorsey explores the allure of New Zealand as a premier destination for hunting and fishing in his recent article. Delving into the reasons behind this surge in popularity, Dorsey sheds light on the exceptional experiences offered by John Scurr Hunting Tours, positioned at the apex of the guided hunting industry.

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Trophy Hunting in New Zealand

Red stags and hinds were introduced into New Zealand in the late 1800’s and after release were protected for a period of time and because New Zealand has no predators of large game, the Red Deer flourished in both Islands. Stags have become popular to hunt due in particular to their large antlers. Tracking stags in New Zealand’s South Island during rut / roaring season is truly the hunt of a lifetime.

Tahr and Chamois were introduced in the early 1900’s and released into the South Island’s famous Southern alps. They too have flourished and are now very popular to hunt, particularly the Tahr as it is difficult to hunt them elsewhere in the world.

A popular hunting package is Red Stag, Tahr and Chamois. It is exciting to hunt these animals at different locations in the South Island, combining it with tourism options of your choice and hosted by John Scurr Hunting Tours.

In New Zealand’s North Island hunt Sika, Rusa and Samba stags, as well as enjoy the scenic wonders around the country’s largest inland lake Taupo. Fishing can be easily incorporated into your guided hunting tour, while exploring the country’s many rivers and lakes.

In addition Elk, Fallow Deer, Awapara Ram and Feral Goats can be hunted in both islands.

Learn more about our Personalized Guided New Zealand Hunting Tours and your host and hunting guide John Scurr.


Our hunting guests stay at the Lakeside Apartments, right in the heart of the alpine town of Wanaka and very short walk from Lake Wanaka. These luxury fully serviced apartments have a 5-Star Qualmark rating and are conveniently close to the town centre. Lakeside Apartments offer a variety of spas and geusts can enjoy a large outdoor swimming pool.

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Welcome to New Zealand

In addition to hunting world class Red Stags, New Zealand has many interesting, must visit, scenic and historic locations all within driving distance of our southern base of operations in Queenstown and Wanaka. Also within driving distance is Fiordland incorporating Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau, and experience the region’s stunning beauty that is recognised with a World Heritage Status.

John Scurr Hunting Tours can personalize a pre or post-hunt vacation. New Zealand caters to all tastes and ages. Whether your passion is sightseeing, shopping, tramping or throwing yourself off a perfectly good bridge tied to a bungy we can tailor the holiday of a lifetime.


To arrange a hunting tour or a hunt package based from the Wanaka region please complete the form below.

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