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Frequently Asked Questions + General Information

General Information

Broadview Hunting Estate and lodge are fully owned and operated by your hosts ensuring you a genuine Kiwi experience. Your satisfaction is how we measure our success.

Getting to Broadview Hunting Estate.

Please arrange your own fights to Auckland, followed by a domestic flight to Rotorua. We will meet you there and take care of ev­erything according to your personal require­ments. If you wish to hunt Tahr and Cham­ois we will assist you to choose a suitable flight for your South Island hunting experi­ence. Guides, Lodging and helicopter access can all be arranged.

What to bring:

When you book your hunt we will send you a suggested packing list relevant to the time of your visit and the length of your stay. This will ensure you are well prepared for hunting in the New Zealand climate.

Firearms, ammunition and licenses

You are welcome to bring your own ammuni­tion and firearms (excluding pistols) into New Zealand. Please check with your airline regarding recom­mendations for packing of firearms and ammu­nition. When you arrive please inform customs that you wish to register your firearm. You will be required to fill in a form and pay NZ$25 fee.

This is a simple and common process and we can send you a copy of the form prior to de­parture.

If you prefer not to bring your own firearm you can arrange to hire one at the time of booking. 7mm, 300 and 270 are common calibers used. We aim to get within 150 yards but be prepared to shoot up to 300 yards. Our guides can ad­vise on ammunition when you book your hunt.


You are not required to hold a license for short term hunting safaris, and licenses for fishing and small game will be arranged by us as re­quired at no extra cost. Clients should ensure they have current medi­cal and travel insurance including trip cancella­tion insurance.

Taxidermy options

We will put you in contact with our taxidermist and together you can decide the best method to get your trophies home. You can choose to have your taxidermy done in New Zealand or have the local expediting service ship them home to your own taxidermist.

Hunting season

The preferred season for hunting red stags, fallow and Sika in New Zealand is from early March until end of July.

For other species the hunting season extends May through to the end of September.

Duck season: May & June.
Pheasant: May-August.

New Zealand Seasons and Weather

New Zealand enjoys a relatively temperate climate with mild temperatures, moderate rain­fall, and abundant sunshine. Rainfall is spread out throughout the year, with the winter months receiving slightly more. Being in the southern hemisphere our seasons are opposite to those in the USA. The hunting season takes in autumn and early winter.

In our area the temperature ranges are:

Autumn (Mar – May):
Daytime 15°C – 26°C (59°F – 78°F)

Winter (Jun – Aug):
Daytime 9°C – 16°C (48°F – 60°F)

If your hunt includes Tahr and Chamois you will be travelling to the South Island where the temperatures are a few degrees colder.

Other questions?

Please contact us by email if you require further information:


1. Do you own the Property?
Yes, unlike many outfitters, we own the hunting property.


2. What Accommodation do you have available at Broadview Hunting?
All of our guests stay at our modern, private Lodge. We have 3 king rooms each with an ensuite, Wifi, meals prepared by our in house cook and all the modern comforts.


3. Where is the trophy hunting property located?

Located in central North Island, north of lake Taupo and south of Rotorua.


4. Where do I fly into, and how long is the flight to New Zealand?
International flights arrive in Auckland then either a 1 hour domestic flight or 3 hours scenic drive to Rotorua city.
Flights from LA or San francisco are around 11 hours and 13 hour from Vancouver.


5. How far is Rotorua airport from Broadview Hunting and how will I get from the airport to Broadview Lodge?
We can meet you on your arrival at Rotorua airport and then 40 minutes drive or 10 minute helicopter flight to Broadview Lodge.


6. What airline do you recommend flying to New Zealand?
Air New Zealand is highly recommended and flights are available from L.A, San francisco, Houston and Vancouver direct to Auckland.


7. Are there any snakes in New Zealand?
No snakes, predators or poisonous creatures


8. Are photo safaris available?
Yes, most definitely, we recommend you bring your camera and capture the beauty of the area and the animals that live here.


9. How do we get trophies home and how long does it take to arrive back home after the hunt?
There are 2 options. We can arrange our expediter to prepare and ship trophies back to your taxidermist. This process takes 90 days and remember to bring your taxidermist details for the documentation.
Or we can arrange our taxidermist in New Zealand to complete the mount to your requirements and have it shipped to you ready to display. The taxidermist process takes 12 months to receive your trophy.


10. What does it cost to ship trophy hides and horns to the U.S. from New Zealand?
Trophy preparation, documents and packaging average around $150(U.S.) per trophy. Freight is additional and varies depending on quantity of animals and destination.


11. What currency is used in New Zealand?
New Zealand dollar (NZD).


12. Is the property fenced?
Our private property is perimeter fenced and it is legislation to do this in New Zealand. Our boundary is surrounded by Crown forest land so there needs to be an established boundary between our Game estate and crown land.


13. Is your hunting land partitioned in any way?
No, all our 8 species are in the same area. We believe this increases the authenticity of your experience with us.


14. What time of year is best for hunting?
March though to July for Red stag , Sika and Fallow with the rut March and April.
Sambar and Rusa are May through to October with the rut August and September. Pigs, Goats and Rams available any time of year.


15. Are hunting licences and/or fees required?
New Zealand requires no licence, fees or season restrictions for hunting big game.
A licence is required for waterfowl and trout fishing.


16. Is there any problem bringing a rifle into the country?
No, It’s an easy process, at least 10 days before you arrive in the country you must apply online to import your firearm. Upon arrival at Auckland airport you collect your rifle at carousel and proceed to the police counter. Necessary checks and you need to pay a NZ$25 fee then you are on your way. Hand guns are not permitted.
Click here for the nz police visitors import permit.


17. What Calibre of rifle is best?
Any Calibre between .270 and a 300. If you would prefer using our guns let us know ahead of time so we can reserve a rifle for you.


18. Is ammunition available in New Zealand?
Yes, but it works out better if you bring it with you. The selection isn’t good as you would find at home and all ammunition is more expensive in New Zealand.
For airport security reasons, be sure that your ammunition is in its original package or ammunition container, separate from your gun. One box of 20 rounds should be plenty but we recommend bringing 2 boxes just in case. Airlines typically limit passengers to 11 pounds of ammunition. Check with your airline or travel agent before leaving.


19. Do I require any vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required for New Zealand.


20. What gear will I need to bring?
We will supply you with a packing list upon booking.
Bring all your usual hunting gear- boots, binoculars, ammo, back pack, flash light, camera, rain gear ect.
We provide the bedding, linen, soaps, food and drinks.


21. How long are the shots?
Every effort will be made to get the hunter positioned within 150 yards, but be proficient at shooting up to 300 yards.


22. Is New Zealand a good place to bring friend(s) or family, especially if they don’t hunt?
Yes defiantly, New Zealand is a safe country to travel and easy to navigate.
Our local area has so many activities and sight seeing opportunities, what ever your interests are, no one will be bored. Ask to book a local guide before you arrive for transport to points of interest and provide knowledge of the area and all that it has to offer.


23. Is travel insurance needed?
We recommend that you purchase hunt insurance in case you need to cancel your trip to New Zealand for any reason, and to obtain the usual travel insurance benefits. SCI provides hunt insurance.


24. Is there anything else I need to know?
If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to contact us at Broadview Hunting here.