New Zealand, an island country located in the S. Western Pacific, offers up an impressive landscape with breathtaking views sure to impress even the most well-traveled of visitors.
Geographically, New Zealand is composed of two primary landmasses (the North Island and South Island), as well as over 600 smaller islands and is situated 900 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and 600 or so miles south of the Pacific Islands of Tonga and Fiji.
New Zealand’s general remoteness and less habited landscapes resulted in a vast and distinct biodiversity of plant and animal life on the islands. With a broad scope of topography ranging from the razor sharp mountain peaks of the Southern Alps to the sprawling forests, New Zealand is a land full of wonder and awe.
Given the land’s majesty, New Zealand has been a recent haven for adventure seekers, vacationers and explorers alike. But another industry has been climbing the ranks in New Zealand tourist attractions: trophy hunting. Specifically, Red Stag hunting.
An absolute hunter’s paradise, New Zealand was often out of reach for most hunters either due to the inconvenience of travel or lack of hunting excursion and lodging provides. But with the prices of air travel on a downturn and hunting heating up in popularity, this majestic region has seen a resurgence in world class trophy hunting and accommodations to match. Tokomaru Lifestyle (for example) even has their own helipad and can arrange for chopper pickups direct from regional airports.
And when it comes to world class trophy hunting in New Zealand, the Red Stag is the ultimate prize. Red deer are the most prolific deer species native to New Zealand, with populous areas established throughout the majority of forested Tussock country from Stewart Island in the south all the way up to the majestic wilderness of rural Wanganui in the North Island.
These Red deer are known for their large builds and massive size, ranging around 180kg and higher in weight with impressive antlers. These mystical creatures also have a keen sense of smell and superior eyesight and hearing. This makes them an ideal challenge for the seasoned and adventurous hunter looking for the trophy score of a lifetime.
New Zealand has no seasonal restrictions on hunting Red deer, but there are times during which hunting is most successful. According to Tokomaru Lifestyle, an exclusive, private deer breeding farm conveniently nestled just outside Wanganui in the Lower North Island, March thru April is rut season and things are just starting to “heat up”.
Each year, both wapiti bulls and Red deer stags undergo profound annual cycles revolved around mating during the “roar” or “rut”. The most visually obvious of these changes is the hardening of antlers. The “rut” as it’s called is a 3-4 week period of heightened sexual activity during which males aggressively and actively compete for access to females for mating. A sight to see, this time period is marked by territorial defense and combative behaviors exhibited by these majestic creatures.
Given the rising popularity of Red Stag hunting, New Zealand has seen a rise in deluxe, private, and corporate accommodations, as well as idyllic retreats that are both hunter and family friendly. At Tokomaru Lifestyle, for example, they cater to the individual hunter, group party or family outing and vacationers, making their 3000 acre land plot a perfect location for a romantic getaway, family retreat, activity filled adventures or even enjoying the splendors Mother Nature has to offer. If you’re looking for a new hunting retreat, or a fun family friendly wilderness experience, New Zealand’s game retreats (tokomarulifestyle.co.nz) offer something for everyone to enjoy.