Hunting is in

There are no short cuts to knowledge and experience, it takes decades of boots on the ground

Are you ready for
The Adventure Beyond?

Once in a lifetime
The Hunting Advenutre

Meet Your Guides
Cam Mckay

Being brought up in the mountains surrounding Wanaka has given Cam an addiction to all things hunting and outdoors.

A highly experienced hunting guide and being very passionate about sustainable hunting, Cam regularly donates his time to our NZ Tahr Foundation and Heritage Red Deer Foundation, while also making him very selective about the animals we harvest.

With 20 years of guiding, both hunting and back country skiing are the reason for Cam’s emphasis on customer service and client safety. It’s not just about the animals you’ll harvest with Cam, it’s about the whole journey and the memories created from start to finish.

Meet Your Guides

Growing up in the remote and sparsely populated area of Haast has meant Ewan has simply grown up immersed in hunting.

Encyclopaedic knowledge of animal habits and whereabouts throughout the seasons, has made Ewan the preferred choice of guide for a number of New Zealand’s most renowned outfitters.

Ewan is one of the most experienced guides in the country, and also extremely successful in his personal hunting. He also possesses a wicked sense of humour that will keep you on your toes and highly entertained throughout your New Zealand hunting journey. Ewan is perfect if you’re after a serious hunter with a personality second to none.

Real life
Endless Adventure

The Backcountry

A Southern Lakes Safaris specialty, these are the hunts we live for. Flying into our public land concession, situated in New Zealand’s most remote and scenic public land hunting grounds, we’ve spent our whole lives gaining the knowledge to be able to make our clients successful in harvesting a truly mature tahr or chamois on public land.

We can adapt these trips to virtually any level of fitness and sense of adventure, but a good base level of fitness will see you enjoy this hunt so much more. We are proud to say we are the only New Zealand outfitter serious enough about mountain hunting, that we have our concession directly with the New Zealand Government, and that our guides have high level avalanche qualifications and experience.

Our commitment to client safety is such that we have developed our own Health and Safety System specifically for backcountry hunting, which has been audited to a much higher level than our industry peers.

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Our Guests
Love Us

2 years ago I bid on a New Zealand red stag hunt, which was donated by Southern Lake Safari’s. I was lucky enough to win the auction, at a very reasonable price. I went back and forth with Cam McKay about gear, flights, hotels, etc. I was able to take Christy along, which made it all that more special. Let me just tell you, these guys worked their tails off, not only for the hunt, but the meals, accommodations, and idea’s on sightseeing. This was a tough hunt, very steep and a lot of scrub brush with thistles, but worth it all. I knew we would be walking a bunch, when Ewie said too Cam, This was going to be a leg stretcher. I finally found someone more sarcastic than myself, Ewie. If you want an affordable hunt and tons of fun, you need to call these guys. They went the extra mile for us every part of the trip. I was lucky enough to harvest both of these animals, but the best part was gaining 2 friends. Thank you again Ewie & Cam for over exceeding any expectation so had. Steva the Diva

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