Chasing Majesty: The Thrill of Pursuing Bull Tahr in the Rangitata mountains.
We believe the Himalayan Tahr epitomizes the best of New Zealand hunting. A magnificent animal, the Tahr thrives in a rugged environment and is always challenging to hunt. We pride ourselves on offering the best of free range Tahr hunting and one thing is certain a successful tahr hunt is definitely an experience you will never forget.
Our exclusive private land in Rangitata offers the world's finest foot hunting for trophy Bull Tahr. With abundant animal numbers, you'll have ample time to select your ideal trophy. While the hunt is physically demanding, it remains achievable for individuals of various ages and abilities. The prime Tahr hunting season is from May to July, coinciding with the rut for an optimal experience.
The Himalayan Tahr in New Zealand
New Zealand has evolved through millennia as a land of birds and reptiles, free of any mammals, with the exception of the tiny Pekapeka, the native bat. All the mammals that we see in New Zealand today have been introduced, mostly in the early days of European settlement.
One of these early arrivals, the Himalayan Tahr, is so well adapted to the rugged terrain of the South Island High Country, it’s as if it’s a native of these high mountains of the South Pacific. One of the most striking features of the tahr is their color, and the adult male’s mane matching the long snow grasses where they live. The tahr have become one of our country’s favorite game animals and they have challenged generations of hunters to head out in their pursuit.
Tahr Habitat in the Rangitata High Country
The Rangitata high country has long been a favorite habitat for the tahr, the rugged land of towering peaks and alpine scree is perfect for their lifestyle of free solo mountaineering.
The tahr that live on our land are managed through hunting. We target bulls that are in excess of
8 years old with the average age being 9 years with 12 ½ ̎ horn length. We also take many female tahr annually to maintain a healthy balance. All our hunting is done on foot by spot and stalk, the land lends itself to this method and has excellent road access to most of the areas up to 5500 ft where the tahr live.
Preserving Excellence: Sustainable Trophy Hunting
Our properties produce strong bulls with trophy horn length and a thick classic bull tahr mane that makes a spectacular mount. Our hunting is not rushed, there is no pressure, and our guides will make sure that the animals taken are of high quality and have reached old age. As part of our management, we try to take two bulls per hunter and several nannies if we can. Tahr can be hunted anytime, however, from mid-March their winter coats are well developed, and from then until the end of August, they make a beautiful trophy mount.
Don your boots, feel the mountain breeze, and let's embark on a Tahr hunting escapade. The rugged Rangitata High Country is calling – are you ready to answer?
Your unforgettable journey starts with a single step. Lace up and let the thrill of the hunt begin!