Frequently asked questions


Do you offer a hunt guarantee?

Absolutely! We stand behind everything we do - just check our hunt satisfaction guarantee


What Insurance do I need?

We recommend that you purchase hunt insurance in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason, and for peace of mind with the usual travel insurance benefits.  Our US agent can supply cost effective travel insurance when  you book your air travel to New Zealand.  Alternatively  for any reason, SCI provide hunt insurance.


Do I need a passport and visa?

American citizens do require a passport to travel to New Zealand, however an entry visa is not required. If you intend traveling on to Australia a visa is required. If you are planning to stopover in the Pacific it is prudent to check with the embassy/consulate for the countries you intend to visit.


What about Firearm permits?

Firearm permits are available upon arrival at Auckland International Airport at a cost of NZ$25. Customs clearance for firearms is relatively simply in New Zealand compared to many other international hunting destinations.


What caliber firearm do I need for hunting in New Zealand?

Any of the .30 calibres or .270 up. Please note that handguns are not permitted in New Zealand.


What clothing should I bring?

You need to remember that New Zealand's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. Check out our items to pack for a guideline.


What if I am unsure of the right clothes for New Zealand conditions?

That's easy - we sell top quality New Zealand made hunt clothing at our lodge in all sizes.


Do I require any vaccinations to travel to New Zealand?

Great news - no vaccinations are required.


How long does it take to get my trophies home?

It takes approximately 90 days for your trophies to arrive at your nearest designated Fish and Wildlife port in the US. And remember, when you hunt with us, you'll need to bring your taxidermist information with you so we be sure to process your paperwork for export of your trophies whilst you are in camp. 


Should I get my trophies mounted in New Zealand or in the United States?

We have an excellent taxidermist in New Zealand, however it is most cost effective to have your trophies mounted in the US.  We have two taxidermists based in Colorado and one in New York who are all very experienced with New Zealand species. What's more - we're happy to do some enquiring with our former clients to offer you recommendations a little closer to your home.


Are there any snakes in New Zealand?

There are no snakes no predators or other poisonous creatures.


Do I have to pay any license fees?

None - New Zealand doesn't  operate on a licensing or tag system. Hunting regulations are more relaxed than in the US.


Are you fenced?

The game preserves we hunt on are only fenced the New Zealand standard as required by our legislation. Our fences are no higher than 6ft and only around our perimeter with none for tahr and chamois hunting.  Free range is exactly that.


Do I need to bring my own rifle?

Not unless you really like it! Quality firearms with good quality optics are available for your convenience, just bring your ammo. 


Can I take my meat home?

It's a little complicated to take your meat back to the US, but we can do it if you're determined.  Otherwise we kindly request our chefs to prepare as much venison as you like to eat while you're our guest. 


Can my non-hunter share my hunt?

Of course! You won't find an outfitter who can cater better to non-hunting companions.


Is there anything for my non-hunter to do?

Yes - beauty treatments at the ranch, horse riding, shopping, touring and all kinds of sightseeing. 


What if I want to stay in New Zealand for a vacation after my hunt?

Ian Lowe Hunting is affiliated with Antler Bay Safaris - providing a full range of scenic safaris and personalized touring options in both the North and South Islands.  Just contact us - Lee will look after your arrangements.




Good friend Steve Le Blanc


A monster Sambar


Another success for the brothers


Good points and paddles


Pigman takes on New Zealand


Archery success with a 400+


Gils fantastic 10 point Sika


The walk was worth it


Bottom fishing on Hookin Bull