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Share our hospitality and our land

Amidst the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Glen Dene Hunting and Fishing is set in one of the most stunning hunting environments you will find anywhere. Be immersed in our unique landscapes and our way of life. Experience an authentic hunting adventure with an authentic New Zealand family.

We offer a range of hunting experiences from private land to wilderness hunts in the backcountry. We fish salmon and trout in the surrounding lakes and tributaries. We prepare wholesome, fresh meals and gather together in the evenings either at the dining table or down at our private beach around the campfire which overlooks Lake Hawea and the stunning Grandview mountain range.

We are your hosts, Richard and Sarah. We are the third generation of Burdon’s to love and care for Glen Dene Station. Along with our two children, Georgie and Charlie, we love our land, the people, and the hunting and fishing opportunities the land provides

Share this adventure with us. You’ll start as a stranger & leave as a friend.


Bordering two national parks and Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Area of unreal beauty and magnificence, the land the station occupies is stunning. Fifteen thousand acres of awesome free-range hunting.

Glen Dene as it is known today is the northern portion of the original Mt Burke Station. In 1929 Richard’s Grandfather George Burdon bought Mt Burke Station with a goal to become a high country farmer. Fifty years on, the land was split in two, creating Mt Burke and Glen Dene Station (the northern portion of the original station), each portion farmed and operated separately.

Sarah and Richard took over the management of Glen Dene Station in 2001 from Richard’s parents Jerry & Lesley and have taken the property to new levels in both terms of production and efficiency. Recognising the huge potential in diversification, they have embraced ideas and opportunities beyond farming; building Glen Dene Hunting and Fishing to be one of the most sought after hunting outfitters around.

The Burdon Family has very strong ties to this land – you will feel this from your arrival at Glen Dene to the moment you leave. Share in our history and our stories.

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What to expect

With shooting, fishing, game shooting and exceptional hospitality on offer, people from around the world travel to hunt with Glen Dene.

While we offer a range of packages, ultimately we prefer to listen to what you want to achieve first, then work with you to tailor the hunt and experience to suit your goals. We have a number of accommodation options, guiding preferences and range of both free range and game estate hunts.

Our ethos is to use as much of each animal killed as possible and to immerse you in an authentic hunting experience. We offer a range of products from processed meats to deerskin cushions and rugs. We take pride in our sustainability practices and custodianship of the land, animals and our community.

For non-hunters, programmes can be designed to showcase the highlights of the region. Talk to us about creating a programme to suit.

With Glen Dene Hunting and Fishing, you’ll be entertained and stories will be told. You’ll hunt on some of the finest land and waters in this region. You’ll come away with a strong sense of this land, the history and the custodianship required to keep it.

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Richard has a Diploma of Farm Management from Lincoln University; he travelled extensively both before and after his University years. He is trained in first aid and a Member of the New Zealand Professional Hunting guides. Richard is also a director of Landward Management a resource management company based in Dunedin (www.landward.co.nz).  Richard has a long and successful history as an outfitter. He has exceptional relationships across the industry with leading TV crews, brands, photographers and more.

Sarah is renowned for her hospitality, generosity, cooking and care. She comes from the Clare Valley in South Australia and has an Eco-Tourism Degree from Flinders University. Together with the rest of the family Sarah hosts visitors and guests from around the world and is the primary guide for the non-hunter programmes.

Richard & Sarah also own and operate The Camp – Lake Hawea Holiday Park. A site full of beauty with its park-like setting, birdlife and access to the shores of Lake Hawea, adjacent to their high country property.






Tony (Higgie)




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