Fishing & Hunting
The West Coast of the South Island is renowned for its Himalayan Tahr, Red Deer and Chamois. The best access into the alpine areas of the West Coast is by helicopter. With an abundance of camping huts available, you can spend a day, a week or more hunting in this area.
The Himalayan Tahr thrive in the Southern Alps of the South Island, New Zealand. They survive above the tussock line on the West Coast and in other alpine areas of New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Chamois are found throughout the high country of the South Island from the Nelson Lakes area in the north to Fiordland in the south. Chamois arrived in New Zealand in 1907 as a gift from the Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph. They are known for their ability to occupy a range of mountain habitats, and will spread into lower altitude forest areas, especially on the West Coast of the South Island.
Red Deer are the most widespread deer species in New Zealand. Wild populations of Red Deer are established throughout most of the forested and tussock country from the Kaimai Range in the north to Stewart Island in the south. There are many places you can find these majestic animals, including the Haast area of South Westland on the South Island's West Coast.
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The West Coast of the South Island is well renound for the Himalyian Tahr, Red Deer and Chamois.
Chamois are found throughout the high country of the South Island from Nelson Lakes to Fiordland, arriving in New Zealand in 1907 as a gift from the Austrian Emperor, Franz Josef.