Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to declare when completing a New Zealand Travel Declaration (NZTD)?

    Providing items meet biosecurity requirements, you do not have to declare your clothing, footwear, jewellery, and toiletries – these are regarded as 'personal effects' if they are intended solely for your own use.

    Please have any purchase receipts available.

    You must declare or select ‘Yes’ in your NZTD if you are bringing into New Zealand:

    • medicine – over 3 months' supply, or medicine not prescribed to you
    • restricted or prohibited goods, for example, weapons, indecent publications, endangered plants or wildlife, illegal or controlled drugs
    • alcohol – more than 3 bottles of spirits (not exceeding 1.125 litres each) and 4.5 litres of wine or beer
    • tobacco – more than 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products (including a mixture of cigarettes and other tobacco products)
    • goods obtained overseas and/or purchased duty-free in New Zealand with a total value of more than NZ$700 (including gifts)
    • goods carried for business or commercial use
    • goods carried on behalf of another person
    • cash – NZ$10,000 or more (or foreign equivalent), including travellers cheques, bank drafts, money orders, etc.

    If you fail to declare restricted or prohibited items or make a false or incorrect declaration in your NZTD, you could face a $400 instant fine.

  • Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?

    If you are coming to New Zealand for a holiday, you are unlikely to need to apply for a visa before you arrive. If you plan to work or study in New Zeland however, even for a short time, you will need to apply for a visa.

    Videographers working for an overseas company need to apply for a Specific Purposes Visa:


  • How do I bring a firearm into New Zealand?

    To bring any firearms into New Zealand you must first obtain a permit. We will provide details of how to obtain this permit as part of our pre-trip planning with you.

    As part of obtaining the permit, you will be required to pay $25NZD application fee and apply for the permit at least one month in advance of your visit. Your firearm must be on the approved firearms list for New Zealand and each hunter is allowed to bring four cases of ammunition.

    Upon arrival, hunters are required to declare all firearms to New Zealand customs officials.


  • Do I need my own firearms to hunt with Glen Dene Hunting & Fishing?

    For those who would rather not travel with firearms, we have quality rifles and ammunition available to hire for a fee of $100USD per week. We require you to shoot at the range before commencing any hunts to ensure you are comfortable with the hired rifle and are shooting well.


  • Do I need a licence to hunt in New Zealand?

    No. When hunting as a client with Glen Dene Hunting and Fishing, you do not need a licence to hunt. If you are bringing your own firearms into New Zealand however, you do need a permit. Check the FAQ's for  how to bring firearms into New Zealand.

  • New Zealand Red Stag

    Red Stag hunting began in New Zealand as early as the 1920's following the introduction of the animal to these shores in the 1870's. it is the most widespread deer species in New Zealand, with wild populations established in most forested and tussock country.  Red deer are medium sized animals of about 180kg in weight. They have good sense of smell, eyesight and hearing, reacting quickly to movement. During the roar (rut), males become preoccupied with finding hinds and can be less cautious.  Thus the roar presents the best time to locate, stalk and hunt trophies.

    The roar lasts approximately four weeks, with stags being most vocal in the middle two weeks. Red deer roar from late March through April.

    The recommended calibre for a male red deer is .243.

  • New Zealand Hunting Season

    We begin our hunting season mid February (late summer) through to the end of July (late winter). Red Stag and Fallow Deer can be hunted throughout the season, with the rut (or roar) being mid-March to mid-April.  Bull Tahr and Chamois can also be hunted through the season, however their rut season, and when they have full winter capes, is May, June and July.

  • Types of Hunting in New Zealand

    There are many different ways to hunt in New Zealand. Glen Dene offers the opportunity to hunt on their private high-country block as well as  on public land. Access can be via helicopter, vehicle or on foot.

  • Species Hunting in New Zealand

    New Zealand offers keen hunters a variety of different species to hunt.  The most popular species include Red Stag, Tahr and Chamois; all of which we hunt here at Glen Dene Hunting and Fishing.

    Other species hunted typically with Glen Dene include Fallow Deer, Arapawa Ram and Goat.

    Whitetail Deer, Wapita/ Elk, Boar and Duck hunting can be arranged on request.

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