Four Seasons Safaris, New Zealand

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Four Seasons Safari is a Professional Outdoor Guide Service throughout New Zealand. They are outfitters of hunting, trout and salmon fly fishing, skiing, and jet boating safaris. All guides have a high degree of experience in the great New Zealand outdoors. Four Seasons is strategically located to provide for clients’ every need, only an hour from Christchurch International Airport and about 10-minutes from some of the best trout and salmon fishing New Zealand has to offer. It is also on the doorstep of one of the world’s most renowned game Hunting Regions, the Southern Alps, where wild game abounds. Both wild, free range trophy hunting and excellent game ranch Hunting Safaris are available. Terrace Downs Luxury Resort is your accommodation. It is situated in the world renowned Terrace Downs High Country Resort and Golf Course in the beautiful Rakaia Gorge..


The outfitters base looks down the #3 fairway on what is regarded as one of New Zealand’s top resorts. Share stories of your safaris while having pre dinner drinks on the balcony during summer or by the warmth of the open fire in winter. The guesthouse offers four spacious suites, super king beds draped with Mohair throws and complete with your own private bath. Relax and soak up the spectacular mountain views out of virtually every window. Your award winning chef will prepare a hearty cooked breakfast to start the day and an extraordinary gourmet evening meal for you to enjoy while sharing your days success. Laundry and wireless internet are available.


One of New Zealand's most well-known trout and salmon adventure guiding services, Four Seasons’ fisheries include some of the last examples of true wilderness fishing in an as-yet unspoiled environment. Angling at its best is done in the crystal clear spring creeks for mammoth fish that await your line, or in high-country lakes, free stone streams and glacier fed mountain rivers that are home to some of New Zealand's largest trout and salmon. Guided fly fishing, spin fishing, lake trolling and jet boat fishing safaris or helicopter-fishing are all available. Full days of fishing with Four Seasons Safaris provides a professional experienced Guide, comfortable 4WD transport, rods, reels and other necessary fishing equipment, protective clothing, gourmet picnics and refreshments.  (On overnight fishing Safaris included are all meals with a variety of accommodations.)



Over 20 years of quality guiding experience is yours when you take a hunting safari with Four Seasons.Whether hunting for a "Roaring" Red stag, climbing the Southern Alps for the Alpine Tahr or Chamois the safety and well-being of clients is the primary rule.

*Because there are very low numbers of pure Wapiti left in the wild, free- range hunting is difficult and restricted to very remote areas in the South West of the South Island where there is a ballot system in place. All of Elk hunts are pursued on private game ranches, where the quality of the heads can be carefully managed to provide the optimum trophies for clients. The huge Elk has always been one of the most elusive trophies to take in New Zealand. This huge deer is the largest of the round-horned deer in the world, with heads running 6x6 (12 points) and larger. The best Elk trophies often exceed sixty inches in both length and spread and may weigh up to 1,000lb.

* Red Stag have much in common with the Elk, with trophy heads 6x6 (12-points) or more and weighing in generally around 400 pounds. New Zealand produces the largest Red Stags in the world and it is the main species inhabiting many areas in the South Island. It is a very sought-after trophy.

*Hunting the most elegant of all the Antelope in the World, the Chamois, with their extremely keen senses perfectly matched with incredible agility is quite a challenge. They are mainly found living above the bush line in much of the Southern Alps. Both the Chamois Buck and Doe produce similar horns and are equally regarded as top trophies. They offer an exciting and challenging hunt and are only hunted in the mountains of the South Island.

* The Himalayan Bull Tahr is the renowned “King” of the New Zealand Mountains, and inhabits the highest peaks and sheerest cliffs. It is justifiably one of the most sought-after trophies in the world. Transplanted into the Southern Alps from their native home in the Himalayas, they were released in 1904 at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.  Here they have thrived.  Because of the terrain they inhabit and the cunning of the Tahr, plus its agility to literally run across sheer cliff faces, it presents the hunter with a true challenge, testing even the most experienced.                                                                                                                        

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For non-hunting members of the group or when you are not hunting or fishing, you will find enjoyable activities. Terrace Downs Clubhouse offers a casual cafe and bar along with an elegant fine- dining restaurant. Activities might include: golf and driving range, a day spa, tennis court, horse riding, archery, shooting clays, kids club, hot air ballooning, jet boating, rafting, station and garden tours, shopping, and historical tours, and much more to keep you busy and entertained in true New Zealand style. Some activities are at additional cost.

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