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Our trophy hunting season begins each year in

late February and runs until early July.

When it’s Winter in the Northern Hemisphere,

it’s Summer down here in the

Southern Hemisphere!

February and March: Summer with temperatures

between 35°-75°F
April and May: Autumn with temperatures

between 32°-65°F
June and July: Winter with temperatures

between 28°-55°F



Travelling from the USA offers many direct flight options that leave from Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and JFK to Auckland, which is your point of entry to New Zealand with our preferred airline, Air New Zealand. Upon arrival into Auckland, you will clear customs and agricultural inspection. From there, you can walk (10 minutes between terminals), or catch a shuttle bus to the Domestic terminal (bus departs approx. every 15 minutes). You will then have two flight options to get to Wanganui Safaris (note there are two ways to spell Wanganui/Whanganui).

Domestic flying instructions can be found here


When contacting a USA travel agent and creating your reservations, please keep in mind that when travelling to New Zealand, you will ‘lose’ a day getting there. For example, if you depart the USA on the 10th, you will arrive in New Zealand on the 12th. On your return trip, if you depart New Zealand on the 20th, you will arrive back in the USA on the 20th. New Zealand is in the NZST New Zealand Standard Timezone.

There are many restrictions bringing certain items into New Zealand. Have a look at the Air New Zealand restricted items page. It's also very important to note there cannot be excessive dirt/mud on shoes, hunting clothes etc. (including checked-in luggage).

Image by Kelly Sikkema


Wanganui Safaris utilizes John Mitchell of NZ Expeditors to prepare, crate and arrange freight to the US for your New Zealand trophies:
Phone:    +64 27 308 9686  
DDI:         +64 7 3774719  

We do not recommend having trophies mounted in New Zealand because of the high freight cost back to the US. However, if you choose this option we can advise on taxidermist options.

Please bring your Taxidermist's:

- Name,

- Full address

- Phone number

- Email

And if you are using a clearing agent, you will need their:

- Name

- Full address

- Phone number

- Email

Sniper Rifle


International travel with firearms is increasingly complex and changing, so even though it is possible to bring guns into New Zealand, we don’t recommend it as the process can be tedious and lengthy (3+ months).

We have a wide selection of 308 and 300 WIN MAG rifles, fitted with top optics, bipods and silencers, conveniently available for hire. 

Gun hire is $100USD per hunter for the duration of the hunt, and this includes all ammunition.


If you are wanting to bring your own rifle and are willing to go through the process, the link for the New Zealand Firearms Policy is linked HERE with all of the information you need.

Please email Molly if you do wish to bring your own rifle.

Bows on the other hand are easy to bring into the country and clients have no trouble at all getting them over. You just have to make sure you have two locks on the case. Your bow/case will most likely get classed as an oversized item so  it won't come on the conveyor belt with your other luggage, you will have to go to the airline oversized area and collect separately.




Post-hunt final payment: We kindly ask that for the remaining balance of your hunt, that you please setup a wire transfer using the attached details with your preferred bank prior to your arrival in New Zealand, so you are ready initiate the

transaction upon departure.

We also can accept most American personal checks, but we cannot accept money orders. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are additionally accepted, but please note there is a 3.5% surcharge fee.

Gratuities usually run around 10% of the total hunt value with it being split 2/3 to the guide and 1/3 to the lodge staff. This is an indication of what is typical only and gratuities are completely at the discretion of the hunter and/or guests.

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