The New Zealand Trophy Hunting team have had an exceptional season and we have thoroughly enjoyed hosting all of our clients. We look forward to a lasting friendship with all of them. We are very excited about continuing to provide world class hunts and outstanding adventures next season and we appreciate the time taken by our clients in writing the following testimonials.
"Gus and Carla really encompassed the true New Zealand experience. All our meals were fantastic - we had everything from free-range lamb to bacon enclosed mushrooms! Best food I had the whole time I was in New Zealand! The hospitality shown by Gus and Carla was unbeatable. The accommodation was not only spectacular but also comfortable with lots of views and endless conversation.
The adventure Gus and Carla provided was first class. Gus's understanding of animals and his guiding skills were very professional. Hunting my Tahr was one of the most exciting hunts I have ever had.
My experience with New Zealand Trophy Hunting was adventurous and enjoyable. Gus and Carla deliver the best hunting experience because of their vast knowledge and their down to earth friendliness."
(Nate Bock - Montana USA)
"Gus and Carla were great hosts and honestly I felt more like a friend than a client. Everything was organised perfectly from the airport pickup to the side trips Carla arranged for us after the hunt. I would highly suggest taking your wife and doing the side trips - the list is endless.
I planned on hunting with a bow and Gus was great at getting me on the animals and knew just what to do to get into place for the shot. These animals were a real challenge and although I had shots, I just couldn't find the mark and ended up taking my animals with the rifle. I ended up taking a Red Stag, Fallow and a Feral Goat.
There were numerous animals of all species and the trophy quality was excellent. The terrain was a challenge but they cater for all physical abilities so you don't need to be in "sheep shape" to enjoy the hunt.
The lodging was only a few minutes from the hunting area. We had our own room and private bathroom which even included heated floors - and a laundry if needed.
The food was unreal and there was plenty of it. All the food was fresh and homemade from scratch.
I could go on forever however I think I have covered the important items - if anyone wants more information feel free to shoot me an e mail.
Shawn and Chrissy Friedbacher ( Wisconsin USA)
"We had the absolute best time with you at the Lodge. It was so much fun. After we left you we hunted a Tahr - which was good but not near as fun as the Stag hunt we had with you.
Thank you again for making our stay so wonderful and letting me hang out in the kitchen with you both."
(Tanya - USA)
"After being home for a short time, I have had a little time to reflect on my hunting experience with you. When you go on a hunt and you get a trophy as good as I did, things are always brighter and you can overlook a lot of things that you may not be so eager to if there was no trophy animal - or even a small one. But this hunt was different. Everything was excellent. The lodging was five-star and the meals were delicious. The guides were knowledgable of the area we hunted in and it was certainly a pleasure to be on this hunt.
Our carry on trophies arrived at the motel the day before our departure, packing was excellent. No problems at the airport in Queenstown, we didn't pay any baggage charges. When we got to Los Angeles it was just $25 per trophy to Portland(very reasonable). When we got home, we took Kurt's Fallow Deer to a Taxidermist who commented that the processing was excellent.
Please feel free to use me as a reference as I certainly enjoyed this wonderful hunt. If I was not pleased I would be anxious to get a referral.
Best wishes to you and Carla"
(George Seonbuchner - Oregon USA)
" I have hunted all over North America and hunting with New Zealand Trophy Hunting with Gus and Carla was an absolute dream come true for me. We harvested my free range Red Stag the first day and saw an abundance of animals. Gus, my professional hunter was always there to help when I needed it. The food was excellent, the lodging was very nice and the hunt was very affordable. If I was asked "would you do it again?" - you bet, in a heart beat."
(Jeannie Winski - Wisconsin USA)
"Just wanted to drop a quick e mail to say thank you for having Evan and I and for being so accommodating during our trip with you. Thank you for organising everything.
We had a terrific time and really enjoyed ourselves. Great hospitality is always a bonus - especially when you're away from home.
Thank you to everyone and thank you to Ewan who had to put up with us 24/7.
(Wayne Steele - AUSTRALIA)
"Our stay at NZTH was a trip of a lifetime, an experience we won't soon forget. The hospitality was superb, the accommodations were luxurious, the meals were absolutely wonderful and the hunting was like nothing I'd experienced before! The scenery surrounding the farms in the foothills was breath taking and the variety of game animals on the concession was stunning. I can't say enough good things about the effort expended by the staff to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. Actually, I really couldn't wait to get back home to tell all my friends about the amazing time we had and the great friends we met during our stay. I made a promise to myself - to return one day to the Hunter Hills country of the South Island. I will always be grateful for the memories."
(Lou and Lola Lodigiani - California USA)
"NZTH is a first rate organisation and we would gladly recommend an adventure with Gus and Carla. We have just experienced a top notch Red Stag and Fallow Deer hunt and an amazing stay at the lodge in the Hunter Hills. Gus was an awesome guide, displaying expertise and entertainment during each day of our hunt. Carla is truly the warmest host and the most fantastic chef. The scenery is majestic and the quality of animals are first rate. We are eager to return! Thanks very much!"
(Todd and Annalee Burns - New mexico USA)
"I want you to know, after I talked to other people that had hunted in New Zealand, I did have very high expectations for this hunt. I was not disappointed. I got all the birds and animals I wanted and saw so many others. The Lodge was better and more comfortable than my own home. Joking aside about calling it a "get fat camp", I never had food that good on any hunt and better than most restaurants that I eat at. You two could not be more professional but at the same time fun to be with, out in the field and at the Lodge. Carla, a special thank you for being so organised with all the extra arrangements you made for me. Hopefully I can come back soon. In my travels I will meet someone who wants to go to New Zealand and you will be first on my suggestion list. I feel that I came to you as a client and left as a friend. Thanks again."
(Scott Heckman - New York USA)
"Barbara and I want to thank you both for a great hunt with you. We enjoyed the hunt for the Captain Cook Alpine Pig! I personally wanted to thank you for the Duck hunt on opening day and we really had a great time!! You are truly the greatest Duck caller! Not to mention that the food and wine was outstanding! We look forward to hunting with you again."
(Alan and Barbara Sackman - New York USA)
We (me 24, and my cousin Fernando 21) have been planning a hunting trip for years. We almost went to Canada for Brown Bear, that was until we saw this amazing opportunity to hunt Chamois and Tahr in the beautiful countryside of New Zealand (neither of us had been there). We used all our savings and embarked on the best trip of our lives! 2 days, 3 flights and 9 airline meals later we arrived at Queenstown where we met our guide and host Gus. We didn't know what was in store for us, or how our trip would play out since we had never been hunting outside of Mexico (our homeland).
We arrived at Wanaka where we did some target shooting and got to know Gus and some of his friends. The next day we started our Chamois hunting near the mountains surrounding Wanaka, it was an amazing experience to be on a Helicopter with such beautiful scenery. Our hunts were what a hunter would describe as perfect and even more astonishing than what we had imagined - the scenery, the chopper and the people made it even more valuable.
Our next few days we moved to a different territory towards Lake Pukaki where we would hunt for our Tahr. That hunt was also amazing. We even had the chance to smoke a celebratory cigar on a mountain close to Mt Cook just on sunset.
We had a 6 star trip - we were taken care of by the most hospitable people I've ever met. Gus and Carla not only gave us the best attention but also some of the best cooking I've ever tasted (both me and Fernando gained about 4kg you can imagine why)! The accommodations were more than perfect, nothing was missing.
I would certainly recommend this trip to all my friends and family (as I already have) as an awesome adventure and something you will never forget.
Thanks again Gus and Carla for making us feel like part of the family, for showing us a good time and for taking care of us.
Xavier Autrey (Mexico) Fernando Sanchez (Mexico)
"Gus and Carla. I wanted to take a minute and let you know how grateful and appreciative I am of your hard work and hospitality. The accommodations were perfect and the menu was the best I've had in New Zealand. When it really comes down to results, you put me onto Geese and Paradise Ducks in early Spring when the hunting is very tricky. This speaks volumes for your scouting , available land and knowledge of hunting in general. Your enthusiasm and passion for hunting is very evident and is much appreciated. Thank you for an awesome Parrie and Goose hunt . I hope to see you guys in the very near future."
Jesse Doyle - Zinc Calls Field Staff ( Washington - USA )
"Gus and Carla - we can't thank you enough for the wonderful time we had during our hunting trip. Your hospitality exceeded our expectations and the accommodations made us feel right at home. Thanks for the use of your guns which did not fail as our hunt was very successful. Thanks for the time you spent taking us on a tour of your beautiful area and sharing your exceptional knowledge of the animals and the hunting grounds. Your lodge is beautiful and the meals you prepared were wonderful. We look forward to returning again in the near future" .
Frank and Ginger Purio (Napa - California)
"Our hunt with New Zealand Trophy Hunting was everything we hoped for and more. Upon arrival in Christchurch and throughout the hunt, everything was taken care of in a professional manner. Gus and Carla clearly take pride in the services they provide, the lodge is very comfortable and the meals were some of the best we have ever been treated to. We were very pleased with the quality of the trophies taken and the opportunities to fish and bird hunt as well. We had a Red Stag, Fallow and Tahr on our wish list and also came away with a "scorcher" Feral Goat as well as a great Arapawa Ram. The hunt was also the first opportunity for my wife to take her own animals rather than just photograph the hunt. After the hunt we set off on our own in a rental car to explore the beautiful South Island for another 10 days. We would highly recommend this addition if your time and budget allow. Both Carla and Gus had helped us plan our excursion with tips on things to see and offered to help us out if we needed anything along the way. As many have said we we arrived as clients but felt we had gained new friends when we left. We would certainly love to return and recommend a trip to Kurow to stay and hunt with Gus and Carla".
Rex and Shellie Winebrenner (Montana USA)
"Gus, Carla, Andy and Ewan (Senor Pancho) - I have to say that our time with you at New Zealand Trophy Hunting was incredible, " THE HUNT OF A LIFETIME" it was great, intense, incredible and alot of fun. We have been telling everybody about our trip and nobody can believe the time we had. At the Hospital they want me to give a presentation on our hunt, New Zealand Trophy Hunting and the trophies. So you guys are already a hit over here and I am already looking forward to coming down again for a second tour. Everything was awesome - the accommodations are beautiful, the terrain awesome - world class guides and cook. I have to mention Carla's food - she is a tremendous chef and I already miss her cooking, both quality and quantity. The trophies are excellent - you guys ROCK. We had a great time, ate great food, taught you guys something about tequila (even though Andy would throw it away when we were not looking). But sincerely, the human quality of Gus, Carla, Andy and Ewan is above all. It is probably the best thing we brought back with us. The pleasure of knowing people like you and the knowledge of having such fine people as friends and looking forward to spending some more time with you all. We would strongly recommend any hunter to come and spend time with you at New Zealand Trophy Hunting, for an incredible experience, a world class adrenaline hunt, where you can obtain great trophies, see incredible terrain, obtain knowledge and after the hunting day is over still feel at home. Thank you guys very much for everything and I will come back."
Juan Manuel Dipp - with Lilly, Victor and Alvaro - (Mexico)
" Reflecting on our trip - all was great fun and a great experience. In Queenstown we were driven to Glenorchy and beyond to Paradise. Wineries, Arrowtown and views from high above Queenstown. Great food in Queenstown but none to compare with Carla's restaurant, you are the best. We cook alot for lots of people and we know it doesn't happen without a great deal of work. Thanks for a wonderful trip. See you in January."
Sherman and Jean Shaw (USA)
"Everything has been great for me during my short stay with Gus and Carla at their beautiful, comfortable house with the addition of their extreme kindness.
But it's even more appreciated the important help I recieved from Gus while hunting because my programme was extremely hard for a "young man" of only 82 years old! I was unfortunate to contract an influenza on my journey to New Zealand - this really means I had my limitations to climb mountains or even to fly in a helicopter higher than 3000 meters altitude.
When I understood this could be a very dangerous test for my heart I declined to get the Tahr by myself and thanks to Gus's kindness I got one, "of course Gold medal", because Gus himself did the job I declined to do myself.
My challenge for this hunting trip was to get 5 New Zealand trophies: the first one was the Tahr. I realised it would be very difficult to achieve my goal, but once again the prodigious help of Gus allowed me to get the 4 other trophies I was looking for.
Many, many thanks Gus for your generous spirit which was my best support and permitted me to have now 4 Gold medal trophies and 1 high Silver.
I never could imagine this great result and I finish these words by saying:
Many, many thanks and I wish you good luck.
Very sincerely Gus and Carla, with my best wishes,"
Antonio Biosca (Madrid - Spain)