New Zealand offers a variety of hunting experiences due to the vast range of remote landscapes available. These areas fall into two categories, i.e., open spaces such as alpine areas or lowland plains and forests which are typically found in lowland areas. These lowland areas are also dissected by many rivers allowing a range of fishing opportunities. Trout fishing is available from the 1st October to June 30th.
Big game hunting starts in February and ends in August and remember that seasons are the opposite to the northern hemisphere. Spring covers September, to November; summer covers December to February; autumn covers March to May; and winter covers June to August.
Foreign tourists come to New Zealand for hunting usually on guided tours while New Zealanders usually hunt by going into a bush reserve that allows hunting.
Species that can be hunted in New Zealand include: Chamois, Red Deer, Rusa Deer, Sambar Deer, Sika Deer, Whitetail Deer, Pig/Boar, Tahr, Goat, Arapawa Ram, Turkey, and Duck. Deer are hunted during the months of March to mid April, Duck from May to June, and Goat, Arapawa ram, and Turkey can be hunted all year round.
Before the arrival of humans to New Zealand there were no land based mammals apart from bats. So hunting is not only thought of as sport or recreation, but also as a necessary way to cull introduced species that are usually detrimental to the environment.