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No. There are plenty of rifles at the lodge for you to use for a one-
time fee of $175. Once arrangements have been made determining which rifle you prefer, all you have to do is bring your own ammunition (which is much cheaper to buy in America). Should you choose to bring your own gun, you must fill out a visitor’s firearms license online AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE YOUR TRIP. Click Here to apply for a visitor firearms licence. You will also need $25 NZ exactly for your application fee as they do not make change. You will use Scott’s firearms license number and address which are available in your formal contract on page 2.
Package prices (including all Non-Hunting Companion prices) include:
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks & Dinner
- Room Stay
- Guide Fee
- Preparation of skins in the field
- Animal Trophy Fee
- Wi-Fi use at lodge
- (You can add trout fishing in March/April and duck hunting in May – additional fees apply)
Additional fees include:
- Air Fare
- Car Rental if desired
- Hard Liquor (which can be purchased at Duty Free after you land in NZ)
- Taxidermy fees, expediting and shipping of animals
- Gratuities/Tips - To help keep good young guides in our great sport and to ensure excellent seasonal help always return. Gratuity envelopes will be provided. Tips should be paid in US Dollars and are upon hunter’s preferences. General rule of thumb is to prepare to give 10% of your total package price, after upgrades, in gratuities. You are allowed to bring $9,999.00 USD into the country without having to declare it upon entry, per person.
We have an expediter who will salt and dry your skins and boil out
your skull for a nominal fee, package up your shipment and expedite it to your broker of choice for a reasonable cost paid upon shipment. (If you have a broker you regularly use for your international animal shipments please bring their info with you. Any local taxidermist can recommend a broker if you don’t have one already.)
- As of October, 2019, all persons must file for an NZeTA. You can visit this link before your flight to find out if you are required to have an NZeTA or not, and your fees.
- Secondly, we recommend you book directly with the airlines.
Using third party booking agents complicate the process if any changes or issues arise during your travels.
- Third, scrub all your outdoor shoes/boots completely. Biosecurity checks often cause you to miss a flight.
- Fourth, check the “details” of your flight before you book the cheapest option. If you don’t have at least 2 hours in Auckland to connect to your domestic flight from the international terminal you will most likely miss your flight. If that happens, no worries, there’s flights departing every hour to CHC from AUK so you’ll catch another flight – but it causes stress to rush and it causes missed arrivals between clients and staff trying to do the airport pick-up.
- Finally, if you have a layover that’s 4+ hours in Australia you need a visitor’s visa applied online – it’s a simple E-visa that’s approx. $25 USD. Only certain airlines will take you to Australia for your layover like Qantas and Virgin Australia.
Please note this gear list is what typically we would use ourselves, it’s not set in stone and some gear is seasonal. If you have any questions, please ask. We have extra gear available if something gets left behind, sizes not guaranteed.
Although we cannot predict the weather, generally March brings end of summer conditions where it is warm and the days are long (nightfall is around 9:30 PM). April & May is fall with frosty cold mornings and afternoons that warm up to the mid-70’s . Dressing in layers is key during this time. June & July is winter so it’s cold with chances of snow. Bundle up!