Deep South Hunting

Jim Landreth, Professional Guide

"I'll take you to my favourite places to re-attune you to life's basic purpose."

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Red deer, Fallow deer, Chamois, Tahr, wild goats, sheep and wallabies. Also in season, Mallard and Paradise ducks, black swan and Pukeko Boar Hunting, Rabbits, Hares and Opossums. Travel by helicopter, jet boat or on foot to some of the most remote and spectacular country on the planet.

Myself I'm Jim Landreth. Below the latitude of 45 South is my backyard. Otago, Southland and Fiordland have provided the spectacular backdrops for my hunting over the past 25 years. I enjoy sharing these special areas and experiences with others.

Norwegian clients Within close proximity to Dunedin where I'm based are good numbers of rabbits, hares and opossums for day and night shooting, as well as goats for the bow hunter and wild boar to hunt with dogs ... and knife for those who are tough enough to keep up. An hour's drive to the north of here are wallabies to really test a marksman (and you thought wallabies only lived in Australia!). But the main part of my operation involves Southern Fiordland and Stewart Island, where I'm licensed to guide groups of hunters. In this area there are no roads; access is only on foot or by helicopter, jet boat or fishing boat. We camp in huts or on boats if we're near the Fiords, otherwise it's in bush camps in tents. Luckily we have no bears!

Myself, mallards dog, opening weekend 2000, extra ammo belt wasn't necessary.

Black bush pigs live in isolated pockets in this vast area also and they are constantly on the move. These boar are unsophisticated in the ways of hunting dogs, and will stand and fight rather than run. They also provide the best pork you will ever eat, particularly if you accompany it with red wine.

Red deer are the main quarry. These animals have changed little from their original European forebears, although they are now regarded as a separate South Pacific species in some circles. Hunting these animals is a challenge in the deep forest (bush) where they normally live. Kiwis call this form of hunting "bush stalking". But you need to experience it to understand it.

White-tail deer exist on Stewart Island (Rakiura). These little deer are better known as Virginian deer and, as the name suggests, originate in America. They are extremely challenging to stalk as they prefer to hide in the most dense vegetation.

"The Island" is almost completely forested with only one small settlement Oban (a fishing village is probably the best description for it). Hunters will often see the large kiwis (roa) that live here plus woodhens (weka) which frequently check out campsites. This region supports the last known wild populations of Kakapo, a flightless, nocturnal parrot which is extremely endangered.

Fallow stag shot by Danish client Wakatipu, Otago Wild Marino rams


A dominating feature of Fiordland and Stewart Island is water, rivers, lakes and the sea which penetrates miles inland up the huge valleys formed by the ice of the last glaciation. Rainbow and brown trout love these dark waters and crayfish (rock lobster) wait in their rocky hiding places for a snorkel diver to find them. Scallops and boundless species of fish are there as well for the diver, fisherman or photographer.

Proud Danish client and wild goats, Otago It's impossible for me to describe the endless variety and stunning beauty to be found here. Whenever I return home from these places, I feel revitalized to cope with life's mundane routines. My operation seeks not only to offer a hunting experience, but to reawaken an appreciation of the basic values which seem to become apparent when sitting in front of a blazing fire with good companions in the wilderness.

Young red Syag shot by client for camp meat, Kohe Creek, Fiordland

Because of the variety of game available, hunts need to be individually planned to best suit clients needs. Packaged hunts are too limiting and I welcome hunter's questions on how they may best utilise their time while in New Zealand.

Two trout fishing guides experienced in southern waters are on call.


Jim Landreth
33 Kinmont Crescent
Mosgiel, Dunedin. New Zealand
Ph/Fax: 03 489 4890
From overseas, dial +64 3 489 4890

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