Another Positive Hunter Report On Aotearoa Safaris In New Zealand


Published: September - 2010

We have yet another positive subscriber hunt report on Aotearoa Safaris (011-64-789-59066; www.aotearo asafaris.com) on New Zealand's North Island. Continuing subscribers will recall Kiwi-correspondent Greg Morton's reports on this free-range operation (see Article IDs 2128 and 2339). Subscriber Mike O'Malley hunted there this past March and reported that the place was everything Morton said it was (see Report 7690). Now we have a fresh report from Matt Siemens who has hunted with Aotearoa several times, most recently in May, 2010, and who tells us that this is the place to go if you want a great chance at a trophy-class red deer while hunting with an outfit that treats you like family. "I like hunting with an operation that doesn't have its hand out for the money as soon as you get off the plane," he says.

Siemens says their location, only four hours from Auckland International Airport, creates part of the draw. But the real attraction of this free-range property is that the deer have access to the refuge in neighboring Tongariro National Park, which helps maintain the availability of trophy-class animals.

Siemens has recommended Aotearoa Safaris to several friends, who have also come away happy. On his most recent trip he was hunting with Dave Manson (of Manson Precision Reamers). They only had a few days to spend with Aotearoa, as they were using the rest of their time in New Zealand to do some self-guided hunting in the area. (More on that later.) Nonetheless, they both came away with two "very good, silver-class" stags. (See photo in our online Trophy Snapshots.) Siemens says the game abundance is normally awesome, but that weather made this hunt a bit more challenging this time. He says the difficulty of the shots varies depending on the thickness of the bush. The two he and Manson took were on the edge of a clearing and headed back in. Only one was visible when Manson fired and brought his stag down at about 125 yards. The second took off at the shot, and Siemens felled it at about 200 yards.........(continued)

 
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