John Scurr Guided 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.

In New Zealand’s North Island hunt Sika and Rusa stags, as well as enjoy the scenic wonders around the country’s largest inland lake Taupo.

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.

Fishing can be easily incorporated into your guided hunting tour, while exploring the country’s many rivers and lakes.


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’s hunting tours.

We can then venture north and hunt Sika, Rusa and Sambar in the North Island, these animals being released only in the warmer North Island as they are a tropical species.

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


New Zealand - Land of Contrast

New Zealand has two main Islands. The South Island is widely known for its geographical feature, the southern alps with its highest mountain, Mount Cook rising to 12,000 feet being named after Captain Cook the country’s first European discoverer.

The Southern Alps are akin to the North American Rockies and many people think, more spectacularly beautiful. There are glaziers amidst snowcapped mountains and our fantastic native bush prominent on the moist western slopes. The blue ribbon tourist route through the South Island links numerous cottage style rural towns all with their own special culture and scenic beauty.

New Zealand’s North Island has a great depth of Maori history, the indigenous people of New Zealand. The island has high volcanic mountains linked to the lower very fertile lands used in rich mixed agricultural farming. The population of New Zealand is nearing five million people with approximately three million in the North Island. The largest city is Auckland in the north of the island and the capital city is Wellington in the south.

Both Islands complement each other with diverse and spectacular scenery, international golf courses, off shore fishing and whale watching, five star lodgings and where ever you are savour the very best wine mixed with our unique culture.



John Scurr’s Hunting Tours will customize your vacation in New Zealand to suit your interests and time with a focus on the animals you wish to hunt. Whether it is Tahr, Chamois and Red Stags in the South Island, or Red Stags, Sika, Rusa or Sambar stags in the North Island, plus any other available species you choose.

Fallow Deer, Elk Ram and Goats are popular in both Islands as well as a variety of small game and ducks (when in season) you will need a minimum of ten days to hunt both Islands on the one vacation.

Alternatively we will customize a South Island or North Island vacation separately for as long or short as you require. You can choose to stay at one location and hunt from there for the entire vacation if travelling is not for you.

John Scurr’s tours will help you create memorable moments to last a lifetime. On tour you have a choice of accommodation from Hotels/Motels, spacious apartments, hunting Lodges and golf resorts. In particular, both Queenstown and Wanaka offer an excellent choice of accommodation options while you based in the South Island.