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Gary Herbert is your host, outfitter, guide and owner of New Zealand Mountain Hunting Limited. Gary was first introduced to the guiding industry in 1994 where he was employed by a New Zealand outfitting company as a packer/guide. In November 1995 and at the age of 22 he formed the company, New Zealand Mountain Hunting Limited. Gary is a member of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and in conjunction with his hunting operation in New Zealand, has guided hunters through out the South Pacific, North America, Asia, Europe and England.

Gary Herbert’s New Zealand Hunting has the reputation for providing international trophy hunters some of the best hunting opportunities throughout New Zealand.

“We own our own hunting area in the heart of the Southern Alps, located in one of the best areas in New Zealand for Red Stag, Tahr, Chamois, Fallow and Wapiti. In conjunction with our own ranch we also lease four other ranches. These ranches have high numbers of resident Stag, Whitetail and Fallow. By having five ranches to hunt on we are not limited like most other New Zealand outfitting companies to only being able to hunt on one property. This means we are able to be more selective in the animals we harvest, hence the reason why our trophy quality is so high.”

“Our guides are some of the most experienced hunters in the South Pacific. They work together as a team to increase your chances of finding that great trophy. During our off season (mid-August to December) most of our guides travel to North America to guide hunters in the States and British Colombia.”

Hunting to me is more than a business, it’s my life. If it’s not the hunting season in New Zealand, I’m usually overseas guiding hunters for other companies, hunting for myself or arranging hunts for our next season.

I’ve been on both sides of the “fence” as the guide and client and I know what it feels like to be misled. I have one main motto in life and this is, I treat people the way I would like to be treated.

To us every hunter is different. Everybody has different hunting styles and preferred methods of hunting. All our hunts are custom designed to suit each hunter. We offer a number of different hunting methods.

  1. Hunting from our lodge each day.
    For people who enjoy “home comforts” while hunting.
  2. 5000-7000ft spike camps.
    For people wanting the more “remote” hunting experience.
  3. “Helicopter day hunts” from our lodge into our Wilderness area.
    For people who want the “remote” hunting experience but who also like to have a few home comforts at night.
  4. Combination of the above three options.

Gary Herbert in SCI Magazine

Gary W Sci Award

In January 2006 Gary Herbert received the prestigious SCI International Professional Hunter of the Year Award in Reno, Nevada.

Gary Herbert’s first introduction to hunting was with his uncle, burrowed in a duck blind at the age of three. Gary’s life-long passion for hunting began at this time. In 1995, at the age of 22, he was a New Zealand Professional Hunting Guide and formed New Zealand Mounting Hunting Ltd where he continued as one of the youngest Professional Hunting Guides in New Zealand.

Over the last 11 years, Gary has guided more than 200 successful hunters in New Zealand, as well as assisted in guiding Marco Polo sheep hunters in Kyrgyzstan, big horn sheep hunters in Colorado and hunters in Alaska.

With hunting operations based in New Zealand, Gary was able to develop hunting friends in many parts of the world. He has hunted in Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Turkey, England, Mexico, British Columbia and many of the lower 48 states.

Gary and his wife Louise own New Zealand Mountain Hunting Ltd. In conjunction with their ranch, New Zealand Mountain Hunting operates a large government concession area.

Gary is a life member of SCI and has been a long-time supporter of SCI and the Auction Program. Gary is a member of FNAWS, Grand Slam Club, Mule Deer Foundation and many other wildlife organisations. His goal is to provide honest, challenging and ethical hunting for future hunting generations.

Reproduced courtesy of SCI Magazine.

Hunt Satisfaction Policy

New Zealand Mountain Hunting Ltd is one of the few hunting companies in the world that has a “hunt satisfaction” policy. If you hunt with us and don’t have at least one shooting opportunity at the desired game you came after, or find the guides, organisation and lodgings inadequate or through any lack of effort from New Zealand Mountain Hunting Ltd you are entitled to a full refund of your hunt payment. We have this “hunt satisfaction” policy so people can see how confident we are of providing them with a high quality hunting experience.

If you are seriously thinking about hunting New Zealand, I would suggest calling our past clients and ask them what they thought of their New Zealand experience.

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My wife Louise, myself and our three daughters Georgia, Grace and Sophie look forward to sharing “our” New Zealand with you.

Gary Herbert