General information

Important information

In New Zealand all tobacco products (smoking or chewing) are subject to high government duty tax. Please note if you smoke cigarettes you are able to purchase these in New Zealand. However, chewing tobacco is not available to purchase in New Zealand and if you decide to bring it in to the country you could be fined. Click here for further information.

Hunters wishing to bring their own firearms can do so but please be aware due to recent firearm law changes you will need a visitors firearms licence. Do not attempt to enter New Zealand with a firearm without a licence as your firearms will be refused entry. All information can be obtained here.

Due to recent government changes a visitors VISA is now required to enter New Zealand along with a current passport. To apply online please click this link.

During our hunting season between March 1 – June 30 our fishing guide service is not available.

Packing list for your NZ hunting safari


  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block (choose a SPF factor of 15,30 is better)
  • Small Flash light or head light
  • Spare batteries for flash lights, cameras, etc.
  • Power converters and plug adaptors (230V at 50Hz is the standard power supply in New Zealand) please insure you pack these if you are wanting to charge batteries, cell phones etc.


  • Long-sleeved shirts in khaki, neutral earth colours or your favourite cammo
  • Long pants- jeans in the same colours as the shirts above
  • Three pairs of underwear including shorts and T-shirts
  • Three pairs of thermal underwear (June through August)
  • Six pair of socks
  • Light weight jacket, sweater or pull over (February through March)
  • Heavy weight jacket and rain gear (April through July) this is the start of our colder weather and snow is very probable
  • Gloves and a beanie hat (April through July) this the start of our colder weather and snow is very probable


  • A pair of hunting boots with good ankle support are essential (make sure these are thoroughly cleaned)
  • A comfortable pair of inside shoes as it is customary to remove all outside footwear before entering the Lodge
  • Boot gaiters
  • Day pack
  • Knives (please ensure you pack these in your check in luggage)
  • Binoculars (spotting scope, range finder are optional)
  • Camera and or video cameras


  • Guns/Bows and Cross bows are permitted in NZ (military style fire arms and pistols are prohibited, do not attempt to bring these into the country)
  • Ammunition, up to 5 kilos (100 rounds) is permitted, 60 rounds per rifle should be plenty, this must be stored in a lockable container and packed in your checked baggage, black powder is not permitted
  • Always make sure you check with your airline regarding their rules and regulations on firearms and ammunition
  • Your firearm needs to be packed in a hard lockable case (pelican or tuff pack gun case)
  • Rifle bolts are not to be put in your carry-on bags
  • Proof of ownership of each firearm (CBP 4457)
  • Import permit is applicable (POL 67DA in New Zealand)
  • Permits are not required for bows and crossbows however they must be declared to customs upon your arrival into New Zealand


  • Passport
  • Gun documentation
  • Credit cards, cash as appropriate
  • Air-line tickets (and your travel agents contact details)
  • Travel insurance (we recommend you take adequate cover)
  • Address and contact details of your New Zealand outfitter (RSS)


  • All hunting equipment MUST be declared to New Zealand customs upon arrival into New Zealand, please insure that it is thoroughly cleaned from all soil, blood, hair etc. It pays to pack all items that need to be declared on the top of your suitcase so as they are easy to access when required by customs officers
  • Failure to declare these items can result in big fines, if you are not sure declare it


  • Keep in mind there are washing and drying facilities available for you to do your laundry
  • Tags for your trophies (two per animal) laminated business cards make the best tags
  • Make sure if you are allergic to anything or are taking prescription medications you bring adequate medication needed.

We look forward to hunting with you and if you require any more information please contact us.

Regards, Mark and Pam

Big game trophy hunting & trout fishing on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand
For further information please don’t hesitate to contact us

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