Bowhunting New Zealand
Comprised of two islands (North and South), New Zealand can be characterized as having the most friendly people in any of my travels around the world. The North Island is more flat with rolling hills. Although this area does have good bowhunting, the South Island is more rugged with year around glaciers at its highest points. Furthermore, the South Island is divided into a “wet” side (to the West of the mountain range) and the “dry” side (to the East).
All the Chamois and Tahr bowhunting is on the South Island. The main (and most centrally located) town is Christchurch. Try to fly directly into Christchurch if possible. Although there are many flights per day from Auckland to Christchurch (just adds to your travel time). Or, if you would like to tour this country before (or after) your hunt; you can fly into Auckland, rent a car and take a leisurely two drive to Christchurch. But, be advised that they drive on the left side of the road, which takes a bit getting used to.
All the game on the islands were introduced during the previous century by the early explorers. When it comes to trophy quality antlered species, New Zealand is second only to the massive racks of central Europe. Most of the top SCI records are represented by New Zealand entries. Consequently, the trophy fees are a bit higher. The bird hunting and fishing is, of course, legendary. The best time to bowhunt is from March 15 to May 1 for the antlered species; while the Tahr and Chamois can be bowhunted as late as July (but be prepared for cold and snow this late).