Red StagRed Deer

Considered the Monarch of the Glen - liberated in 1851 from Scotland, England. Red deer are one of the most wide spread deer in New Zealand. Rut March – April, Red stag weights 350-400 pounds. New Zealand has the best red stag hunting in the world.

Bull TahrTahr

The Tahr is said to be the King of the mountains. Tahr were introduced into New Zealand in 1904 from Northern India. A mature bull Tahr weights 150-200 pounds with the rut being from May-July. Best time for skins as well.


The Tahr being King, the Chamois has to be the prince of the Mountains. Chamois liberated in New Zealand in 1907, a gift from His Majesty the Emperor of Austria. A Buck stands 26-30 inches high at the shoulder and weights 50-80 pounds. Rut May- ly,New Zealand the only country in the world to offer Tahr and Chamois hunting in the same free range environment.

Fallow DeerFallow Deer

Liberated March 1864, Fallow being the second most wide spread deer in New Zealand. Among the worlds 40 recognised species of deer, and their 200 sub species. The Fallow deer has the widest range of colour variation such as black, white, dapple, white-spot and fawn. Fallow weigh 120-150 pound, Rut between late March/April.

Samba StagSamba Deer

After Wapiti, samba are the second largest deer in New Zealand. They are extremely cunning and can live very close to human habitation. It is common for a stag to lie in thick brush, and let a hunter walk right by, moving off once the danger lessens. Samba can be hunted from May to November and carry strong 3x3 antlers. We can also offer hunts in Australia for Samba.

New Zealand Bull Elk (Wapiti)

It was in 1905 that the only liberation of North American Elk took place, in the inhospitable Fiordland National Park, in the southwestern corner of the South Island. The area consists of steep glaciated valleys, clad in dense rain forests, surrounded by towering bluffs and snow capped mountains. The area is subject to a rainfall level exceeding 300 inches annually. The Rocky Mountain Elk adapted readily to their new environment and in the early years grew antlers approaching the best that their North American forebears produced. Unfortunately, the herd expansion was halted by the topography and the fast encroaching Red deer herds with which they interbred.

Sika StagSika Deer

These small but aggressive deer are very vocal, especially during the 'rut', which takes place in April. They can be hunted from late February through until September. Local hunters prize the sika stag because it is alert and elusive, and exciting to hunt. Antlers are generally 4x4 and make a very attractive trophy.

Rusa DeerRusa Deer

These deer typically carry a 3x3 antler structure. They are semi nocturnal and prefer to live in dense brush, venturing onto crops and pasture after sunset. You can hunt rusa from May until late November. Stags taken early will tend to be still in velvet. Their 'rut' is during July and August, when they make a roaring sound.


Hunt our biggest Game on Treetops, we have a very healthy herd of water buffalo on the estate now and a trophy bull is not for the faint hearted . These animals weigh over 2000 lbs. and a great hunt as for their size the bush Bull is real challenge to take and they like to hang out in thick dense bush. Test your skills against one of these great trophies you can now hunt at Treetops.

BoarWild Pigs

Pigs were first introduced to New Zealand by the French explorer Jean François Marie de Surville in 1769, but the fate of the early pigs is not known. Captain James Cook gifted pigs to the Māori in the 1770s. The animals bred, and some escaped to form wild populations – which is why feral pigs in New Zealand are sometimes called 'Captain Cookers'. Feral pigs were well established by 1840, and were the first introduced animals to be hunted for sport. They are found in both the North and South islands and the Chatham Islands.

Dogs are often used to bail up the quarry. They scent the pig and race after it, with the hunter or hunters quickly following. Not only can dogs find pigs, but they can also chase them out from under tight scrub and places inaccessible to hunters. The hunter usually jumps onto the pig, which is held by dogs, and kills it with a knife. Some hunters use guns to dispatch their prey: wielding a knife and diving into the frenzy of biting dogs and pig's tusks is a risky business and not for the faint hearted. But if you want an experience you can share around the camp fire then try a boar hunt at Treetops.

Trophy Goat

Trophy GoatTrophy Goats here at Treetops are a great trophy for the games room, a trophy is 25 inches from tip to tip and we have been known to take goats over the 38 inch mark here at Treetops. They make a great hunt for kids with a bow or even the most experience hunter. They have great eyesight and a nose for trouble. These are an affordable trophy for all, among the big game in New Zealand.

Arapawa RamArapawa Ram

Historical records suggest that sheep have been known on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds for at least 130 years. The most probable origin for the Arapawa feral sheep is that they are escapees of a flock of mainly Merino origin known to have been introduced in 1867, the original stock having undoubtedly come from Australia. But it is not impossible that they were introduced earlier by the whalers who were the first European occupants of the Island. To those unused to their distinctive appearance, Arapawa sheep may at first acquaintance seem ungainly or even ugly, with their somewhat hunched appearance and often ragged fleece. Certainly they bear little resemblance to their more immediate Merino ancestors and even less to the Merinos familiar to us all today.


Possums can be hunted all year-round as they are considered pests in New Zealand. We encourage hunters to take as many of these as they wish. One of Treetops' most popular activities enjoyed by hunters and non-hunters alike, is night shooting for possums. Travel the back roads and fields of our estate in our terrain vehicles in search of this furry foe using high powered spotlights & light calibre rifles - an experience all the family can enjoy.


At least seven species of wallaby and kangaroo have been introduced, and three still survive – the dama wallaby, Bennett's wallaby and the Parma wallaby. Hunting Bennett's wallaby in the Hunters Hills in South Canterbury and in Eastern Rotorua is very popular.


Month Temp High F Temp Low F
January 85 40
February 80 40
March 75 35
April 70 32
May 70 29
June 60 25
July 55 25
August 60 30


All late February, March, April, May, June, July, August:
  • Red stags (Roar – or rut – is March to April)
  • Fallow
  • Elk
  • Sika
Year-round: May – November: May – July: May – August:
  • Tahr
  • Chamois
  • Goats/Rams
  • Buffalo
  • Wild Boar
  • Turkeys (No bag limit)
  • Rusa
  • Samba
  • Waterfowl
  • Pheasants


Download our Treetops Packing Recommendations (PDF Document) to view the suggested list of equipment required on the hunt, alternatively you are wlecome to contact us for any further information.


Treetops has its own expediter – John Mitchell. John has been with us now for a number of years and has all the credentials as far as shipping, boxing and delivering trophies to ports all around the world. John's comments are "Nothing is a problem."

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Horohoro, Rotorua, 3077
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