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4323 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road, RD1
Staveley, 7771, New Zealand
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  New Zealand Big Game Hunting outfitters and professional hunters.  Download our current brochure of New Zealand hunting trips in the South Islands Southern Alps with Backcountry New Zealand's hunting guides and outfitting service.  We are members of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides association and make it our promise to you to deliver an exclusive and authentic hunting experience in New Zealand.  We offer one hunt at a time to ensure you are the sole focus of our company while you hunt with us.

  Download our current brochure on guided fly fishing trips in New Zealand's South Island with Backcountry New Zealand Fly-fishing professional guides and outfitting service.  We offer you a service that designs a tour to suit your personal requirements. We are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides association.

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Chamois is a goat-antelope native to Europe. Alpine chamois arrived in New Zealand in 1907 as a gift from the Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I. The first surviving releases were made in the Aoraki/Mount Cook region and these animals gradually spread over much of the South Island. They are often referred to colloquially as "chamy" (pronounced "shamy").   
In New Zealand, hunting of chamois is unrestricted and even encouraged by the Department of Conservation to limit the animal's impact on New Zealand's native alpine flora.    
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)    
A smaller species of deer in New Zealand. Various genotypes exist with differing colour phases: (i) Common, (ii) Melanistic, (iii) Menil and (iv) White. They are often found in bush closer to pasture/farmland, as prefer grazing on grasses. Major herds are found in the North and South Islands of New Zealand.   
Red deer (Cervus elaphus scoticus)    
The red deer in New Zealand produce very large antlers and are regarded as amongst the best in the world by hunters. Along with the other introduced deer species they are however regarded as a pest by the department of conservation and have at times been heavily culled using professional hunters. Additionally many hunters and outdoors enthusiasts class deer in NZ as a resource, for both food, hobbies, and an economic (tourist attraction). Ongoing issues over their pest status continue to be debated between parties.   

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 In fly fishing, fish are caught by using artificial flies that are cast with a fly rod and a fly line. The fly line (today, almost always coated with plastic) is heavy enough to send the fly to the target. This is one of the main differences between fly fishing and spin or bait fishing; in fly fishing it is the weight of the line that carries the hook through the air, whereas in spin and bait fishing it is the weight of the lure or sinker that gives you casting distance. Artificial flies are of several types, some imitating an insect (either flying or swimming), others a bait fish or crustacean, others attractors are known to attract fish although they look like nothing in nature. Flies can be made either to float or sink, and range in size from a few millimeters to 30�cm long; most are between 1 and 5�cm. 
Artificial flies are made by fastening hair, fur, feathers, or other materials, both natural and synthetic, onto a hook. The first flies were tied with natural materials, but synthetic materials are now very popular and prevalent. The flies are tied in sizes, colors and patterns to match local terrestrial and aquatic insects, baitfish, or other prey attractive to the target fish species. 
Dry fly fishing is done with line and flies that float, joined by a leader, usually made of fine polyamide monofilament line. The tapered leader is 3 to 5 meters long, thus nearly invisible where the fly is knotted, and the angler can replace the last meter of nylon as required. Unlike sinking fly (nymph) fishing, the "take" on dry flies is visible, explosive and exciting. While trout typically consume about 90% of their diet from below-water sources, the 10% of surface-level consumption by trout is more than enough to keep most anglers busy. Additionally, beginning fly anglers generally prefer dry fly fishing because of the relative ease of detecting a strike and the instant gratification of seeing a trout strike their fly. Nymph fishing may be more productive, but dry fly anglers soon become addicted to the surface strike. 
Dry fly fishing on small, clear-water streams can be especially productive if the angler stays as low to the ground and as far from the bank as possible, moving upstream with stealth. Trout tend to face upstream and most of their food is carried to them on the current. For this reason, the fish's attention is normally focused into the current; most anglers move and fish "into the current", fishing from a position downstream of the fish's suspected lie. Trout tend to strike their food at current "edges", where faster- and slower-moving waters mix. Obstructions to the stream flow, such as large rocks or nearby pools, provide a "low energy" environment where fish sit and wait for food without expending much energy. Casting upstream to the "edge" of the slower water, the angler can see the fly land and drift slowly back downstream. The challenge in stream fishing is placing the fly with deadly accuracy, within inches of a protective rock for instance, not long range casting. Done properly, the fly seems to be just floating along in the current with a "perfect drift" as if not connected to the fly line. The angler must remain vigilant for the "take" in order to be ready to raise the rod tip and set the hook.

 New Zealand hunts and trout fishing are one of the most memorable travel experiences for the hunter or angler.  Now you can be rest assured that while traveling to New Zealand, your next hunting trip or fly fishing experience will be Carbon Neutral or better!  © Backcountry New Zealand Fishing and hunting guides








Meet the Backcountry New Zealand Team

Backcountry New Zealand is committed to its clients, it is important that your experience in New Zealand is memorable and exceeds your expectations. We have been guiding services since 1990, and have been recreating and working in the New Zealand backcountry for as long as we can remember.

Backcountry New Zealand’s staff love the environments they live and work within.  This page introduces you to the characters you will meet on your journey and adventure in New Zealand.

Lindsay Hayman (Legs) - Head Big Game Hunting Guide

Lindsay has been a keen hunter since he was a young boy and an Alpine hunter since he was 18. With extensive hunting experience throughout the South Island and Stewart Island, Lindsay has brought a wealth of experience to the Backcountry team. Lindsay has spent his working life as a farm manager for a number of remote ranches and through this has developed some fantastic relationships and hunting opportunities on private properties. Lindsay is keen to share these opportunities and experiences with his clients.
 Lindsay Hayman with a trophy New Zealand Red Stag  © Backcountry NZ Hunting Guides



Phil Stephenson - Head Fly Fishing Guide - NZPFGA 

Head guide for Backcountry New Zealand Fishing Guides, Phil loves living and recreating in New Zealand's mountains. Phil's life revolves around trout streams and snow covered Alps. His knowledge of fishing and skiing, in combination with local familiarity of weather, history, and biogeography enables him to deliver informative and rewarding experiences. Phil has professionally guided many happy Backcountry New Zealand’s clients in the Canterbury and West Coast regions since 1995.
 Phil Stephenson is a professional member of the Professional Fishing guides association of New Zealand.  He has fly fished for trophy Brown and Rainbow trout for the past fifteen years in the crystal clear stream of the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand  © Backcountry New Zealand Guides


Donald Greig - Big Game Hunting Guide

Donald is a New Zealand Legend in his own right. Respectably involved in New Zealand’s pioneering days of helicopter wild deer culling and live recovery, Donald has lived and breathed wild animals ever since. Having successfully guided thousands of clients onto ‘animals of a life time’, Donald is well respected globally as a top New Zealand hunting guide. Donald specializes in helicopter access free range hunting and game estate hunts. We are pleased to have Donald accessible as an asset to the Backcountry New Zealand hunting guides team.
 NZ Backcountry Guide Donald Greig is a specalist in hunting in New Zealand



Neil Goldie - Fly Fishing Guide - NZPFGA

Backcountry New Zealand’s salmon specialist! Many call him the ‘Salmon God’ and having fished for trout and salmon for 35 years throughout Canterbury and the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Neil has an intimate knowledge of the rivers, streams, and lakes that are found in this region. His knowledge of the brown and rainbow trout fisheries in the South Island is impressive to say the least! 

 Jono Hay fishing guide in New Zealand for Backcountry New Zealand Trout fishing guides and outfitting service  © Backcountry NZ Fishing Guides   


Nigel Birt

Nigel directs the hunting & fishing operations and established the Backcountry New Zealand brand in 1998.  Nigel has worked in a number of luxury fishing lodges in the South Island of New Zealand since 1985 and has been fishing guiding for over 20 years.  His love of hunting and fishing in the South Island of New Zealand shows through in his desire to provide clients with an experience of a life time.  Nigel will manage the organization of your hunt and stay in New Zealand, ensuring the quality of the experience.  Nigel and wife Myriam own and operate Backcountry NZ Hunting and Fishing Guides.
 Backcountry NZ guides assit you in stalking and hunting your red stag of a lifetime  © Backcountry New Zealand

Myriam Birt

Myriam assists in logistics around the hunting & fishing operations and adds all those special touches to your stay in New Zealand.  Myriam also manages the financial elements of the company, and very much enjoys hosting visitors during their stay.  As an experienced and certified Swiss ski instructor, Myriam is able to host non-hunting companions skiing or heli-skiing for those that wish to hunt during our winter months of June-August.
 Myriam is owner operator of Backcountry New Zealand hunting and fishing guides with husband Nigel.

Tom Butler - Fly Fishing Guide - Hunt assistant - Luxury Lodge Host

Tom Butler is our luxury lodge host at Grasmere Lodge, and is an avid fly fisher and hunter when he has time.  He often guides clients that are part of our luxury experiences. "We believe the more time you can spend getting to know us in the high country, the more you will appreciate the unique setting and heritage that make stations like Grasmere part of the classic New Zealand psyche." 

Mia, Annina & Ruben Birt - Carbon Neutral Programme Assistants

Motivated by their children and their learnings at school, Myriam and Nigel developed a carbon neutral programme that offsets clients travel emmissions.  Mia, Annina and Ruben are the top tree planters within this important project to reduce our impact on the environment.