Mid Greenstone & Upper Caples Hut

We look after 2 huts in the Mid Greenstone and Upper Caples Valleys. Bookings are essential to stay there as the huts are locked.

About Us

Formed in 1937, the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association is New Zealand’s recognised National body representing and speaking for hunter generally.


New members welcome.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at the Arrowtown Bowling Club at 6.30pm for drinks and meeting starts at 7.30pm

WhiteTail Deer

Formed in 2017, the Wakatipu Whitetail Deer Mangement Group (WWMG) was formed to educate hunters and locals about the threatened White Tail deer herd in the Wakatipu area

Stoat traps

Volunteers from the Southern Lakes NZDA look after a line of Stoat Traps in Steele Creek, established 10 years ago they were installed to protect Steele Creek from preditors of the Blue Duck and native birds

HUNTS courses

The Hunter National Training Scheme (HUNTS) course is designed to introduce new hunters to the skills needed to hunt below the snowline.

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Was anyone lucky enough to get drawn a Wapiti Ballot?

More wild venison making its way to charity for our community! NZDA has been a big supporter of getting the wapiti meat harvested by FWF in Fiordland to needy families. Today we teamed up with NZ Food Network to move 3 huge pallets of organic, free range venison mince to Auckland. NZDA members Callum and Courtney helped make this happen. Callum is a new National Executive board member and Auckland Branch President. Well done team (love that you guys are rocking the new logo on your t-shirts too!).

The NZ Food Network is a NGO founded just this year to provide people in need with healthly food, through sharing bulk surplus and donated food.

NZDA is passionate about our big game animals, sustainable game management, and sharing our vision with the public. This initiative ticks all the boxes!
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Printed copies available on www.nzda.shopNZ HUNTING & WILDLIFE SPRING 2020 / ISSUE 210

The spring issue of NZ Hunting & Wildlife magazine will go online next week and printed copies will be posted to subscribers the following week. At 60 pages this is the biggest issue published for many years.

Greg Fagg is back hunting wild rams while Brendan Coe tells the story of the taking of his big 12 point red. In a new series, Barry Insull tells the history of Recreational Hunting Areas (RHA’s) and their importance to recreational hunting. The Editor shares his knowledge on how to select safe campsites on the tops, bush and river flats.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s National Conference was a virtual one and an outstanding success. Plenty was achieved and a completely new look National Executive elected. A summary of events feature is in this issue.

The results of next month’s election will determine the fate of New Zealand’s game animal resources and whether firearms owners will continue to have their rights eroded by creeping legislation. It’s never been more important to vote tactically and with this in mind we asked the major political parties a number of questions related to hunting and firearms ownership. Their responses will leave you in no doubt what will happen should they be part of the next Government.

A huge amount of effort from a number of organization's went into countering DoC’s tahr control plans and we feature the excellent NZDA submission written by NZDA CEO Gwyn Thurlow and Tahr Liaison Group and NZDA member Dave Keen.

All the place getters in this year’s National Photographic Competitions are featured and there are certainly some magnificent photos. The 2020 Antler, Horn and Tusk competition results are also listed.

For those who want a printed copy of the magazine and haven’t already subscribed, go to our online shop at www.nzda.shop
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Printed copies available on www.nzda.shop