New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps hold some of the finest Big Game Animals to be found anywhere in the world. Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand offers fair chase Hunting safaris on exclusive privately-owned land where both record book ‘Free Range’ & ‘Game Ranch’ trophies are regularly taken. In addition we personally arrange and guide safaris into the most remote corners of New Zealand and Australia – the choice is yours.
The Himilayan Bull Tahr (Hermitragus jemlahicus) is the undisputed ‘King of the New Zealand Mountains’, inhabiting the highest peaks in the South Island. They are justifiably one of the most sought-after trophy animals in the world. Originally brought into the Southern Alps from their traditional home in highest peaks in the world, the Himalayas, they were released into the wild in 1904 at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.
Like the Red Deer, the Tahr has thrived here, however, its choice of territory isn’t the forest or rolling lands, they prefer sheer rock faces, glaciers and overhanging pinnacle bluff systems. Weighing in at up to 300lbs, it is a sight to behold to see a mature Bull Tahr navigating his way across a seemingly impassable cliff face. Incredibly agile with a broad chest and powerful shoulders and protected against the elements by a thick lion-like mane, they are truly a magnificent sight.
Because of the terrain and the cunning of the Tahr with its ability to literally run across sheer cliff faces, it presents the hunter with a most challenging experience, testing the skills of even the most experienced.
Putting a set of wonderful Tahr horns with its magnificent winter cape on the wall, or full body wall mount is the dream for many, a dream we help our clients realise each season.
Our foot hunting Tahr hunts are carried out on some of the finest Tahr hunting properties in New Zealand. We have 4×4 and helicopter access to our own exclusive private hunting areas, along with thousands of acres of concession land. Access via the use of a helicopter will help save your legs and flying over this spectacular country will become a highlight you will never forget.
The ‘Rut’ for the Bull Tahr is May to July, giving the hunter the chance to bag one of the best hides and neck capes and horns of any feral animal, right in the peak season, and in a truly challenging environment.
We hunt Tahr year round and the bulls sport there dark long winter skins from April – October.
Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand
We offer packaged hunts for Red Stag, Wapiti (Elk), Tahr, Chamois, Fallow Deer, Sambar Deer, Rusa Deer, Sika Deer, Whitetail, Wild Boar, Goat, Ram and Water Buffalo to name a few. Our Hunting Guides are highly qualified professionals with many years of guiding experience to ensure both your safety and success, while enjoying an exciting hunting experience.
The opportunities are endless, simply tell us how much time you have, what you wish to do and target and let us customise a safari for you, we recommend you fill out our Request a Quote form, we will get back to you with some more information and a detailed quote or please feel free to Contact us today to discuss your requirements (see FAQs) and we will cater a package that suits your needs!
Photo Galley of Tahr