Answers to some of the questions we are often asked by hunters intending to visit New Zealand.
Is the New Zealand guided hunting industry regulated?
There is no statutory regulation of guided hunting in New Zealand. Anyone can market themselves as a hunting guide. Hunters need to be aware of this when selecting who to hunt with - 'buyer beware'.
Are there any qualifications for guides in New Zealand?
There is no formally recognised pre-requisite qualification for guiding hunters in New Zealand. As a voluntary, self-regulating organisation, the NZPHGA's Professional Hunter Academy is a pre-requisite to membership and the only course of it's nature in the country.
What is the advantage in hunting with an NZPHGA guide?
Hunting with an NZPHGA member guide means that your guide will have reached a minimum level of qualification with regard to experience, hunting skill, safety and ethics.
What recourse do I have if things go wrong?
If you aren't happy with your NZPHGA guided hunt, you can contact the NZPHGA Executive who can help resolve your issue. If you hunt with an unaffiliated guide, you have no such recourse.
Which NZPHGA guide should I hunt with?
It is up to you to do your research on individual members and select the guide or outfitter that best matches the type of hunt you want. View our membership here.