South New Zealand


Hunt 360-700+ red stag, 360-500+ elk, tahr, chamois and giant fallow deer in the raw, untamed New Zealand Southern Alps.

Location, location, location…we hunt two large blocks, 5,000- and 10,000-acres of excellent diverse habitat, that’s 23+ sq mi of private hunting! Set in undulating backcountry and covered in native vegetation, there is excellent cover and plenty of draws and gullies. We use UTV’s to access our big country and spend time glassing from highpoints to locate game, implementing spot and stalk style hunting from there. We take great pride in providing a variety of eye-catching stags with great mass, exceptional width and long scoring points. A trophy this big provides our hunters with a genuine “larger than life” experience - it’s an exceptional time that you’ll never forget.

No lodge changes or long transfers to hunt tahr and chamois! While they can be hunted year round, prime time is May, June and July when they have impressive winter coats. We take off right from Wanaka and use helicopter assistance into the prime country. Truly a New Zealand adrenaline packed hunting adventure in the picturesque Southern Alps.

It’s hard not to be impressed by our 700m2 eco-friendly luxury hunting lodge with surrounding mountain views, located within a five-minute drive of Wanaka, shopping and a spas. With six king-size bedrooms each containing a full ensuite bathroom, there’s room for the whole group to relax and kick back after a great day. Three bedrooms on the upper lever have their own balcony and three on the ground floor open onto the flagstone courtyard which leads to the heated swimming pool. One ground floor bedroom and bath is wheelchair accessible and we have an elevator to the upper level. Our cuisine has been designed to showcase the very best of New Zealand, pairing the freshest ingredients with the wild, distinctive flavours of our beautiful country. With all of our menus crafted by one of New Zealand’s finest private chefs, you can rest assured every meal is an event to savour.

More than just hunting… Welcome to the #1 tourist destination in New Zealand. Venator Cardrona Safaris is the ideal hunting adventure destination for the whole family. With a host of purely New Zealand experiences right at our doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice during your stay. Local attractions include: wine tastings, distillery tours, flight seeing Southern Alps, golfing, heli skiing, jetboat, race car tracks, trekking, fishing, cycling, art galleries, and the original bungy jump at Kawarau Bridge. Let us curate your dream, we believe every trip is unique and focus on turning it into a bespoke adventure that ticks all the boxes for you and your family.

It’s time to hunt the trophies you’ve been tracking all your life. Duncan Fraser and his acclaimed team of guides will ensure that your lifelong dream is no longer a dream…once you enter the land of the red giants. Venator Cardrona Safaris is renowned for offering the most exclusive hunting opportunities for the biggest red stags in the world.