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)