Private Hunting Tour in the remote highlands

This backcountry adventure blended with expert coaching on hunting and bush skills is one of the most popular experiences on Bushman Tours. No previous hunting experience is required, and no judgement or stigma is attached to our trips, period. It’s about combining your determination, passion for the outdoors and interest in hunting with a traditional Canterbury station.



  • Fully guided hunting tour with all gear, food, transport and accommodation provided.
  • Guided by one of the region’s most experienced hunters.
  • No stigma or judgement – fantastic for those wanting to head out into private land or learn the profession stressfree.
  • A traditional Kiwi tour with good vibes, incredible views and hunts you simply can’t book anywhere else.

Treat yourself to an “off-grid” wild hunting tour only found here, and one you’ll never forget. Fully guided with all food, accommodation, transport and hunting equipment provided. Just turn up and enjoy!

On this hunting tour, you’ll get in-depth education about life in the outdoors including safety, navigation, weather, game animals, plants, wildlife, and conservation that’s unique to this specific location and station. This includes a QEII covenant of protected land which we’ll stretch our legs through on the first morning.

I’m an experienced and patient Hunting Coach who will cater to your strengths while helping you build confidence in your own capabilities and build on new skills. The challenge to get into the game zone; bush bashing, hill climbing, creek crossings, mud and blood, tears and smiles all contribute to this experience – making the evening’s beers even better.

You’ll adventure into new territory; find yourself closing in on beautiful wild game animals in rugged terrain, amidst impressive mountain scenery and be walked through the steps to a successful hunt. To top it off, this station comes with absolute tranquillity and off-grid set up (including no cell phone or internet access – allowing you to truly disconnect and get away from it all). Our authentic and historic huts (see photos) allow for a good resting place after a hunt too.

Authentic free-range hunts are predominantly for non-trophy red deer meat animals. No previous hunting experience or licenses required, however, medium to high fitness levels are recommended to truly enjoy the experience.

One person from *

$1290 NZD

* Save up to $315 NZD by bringing 5 friends

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Shaun is offering addons for this adventure to enhance your experience.

Additional Non-Hunters (+$335)

Got family or friends who want to join? They can also come out on this trip at a reduced rate if you book them in now.

Animal Hunting Fees * 

If you opt for a hunting experience, an animal fee must be paid if you shoot a non-trophy red deer. If you wish to opt for the hunting experience, please book and pay for this fee now. If you do not shoot a deer, this will be refunded post-tour.

Filming Your Adventure

A 20 to 30 minute HD film will be produced for your whole trip allowing your group or family to treasure this holiday forever. Professional filmed and compiled, I have some fantastic videographers ready to go who work for other well-known hunting shows and magazines. Capture the trip outside of what you experience and book this addon.


Trip Extension (Hunter) (+$575)

Extend your trip per person and get the most out of this epic hunt now. (This addon extends the tour by one night)

Trip Extension (Non-Hunter) (+$145)

For those joining us but not hunting, extend your trip here and enjoy the private station in its fullest. (This addon extends the tour by one night)

Helicopter Drop Off

On occasion, we can arrange a helicopter ride into the region and sometimes a drop off right onto the mountains for us to decent (if weather permits). If this incredible introduction to your Adventure sounds like something you want to do, please select this option and we will reach out about arranging (prices currently vary and are quoted and paid seperately after your booking).


Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.


Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.


Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.


Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

Shaun Monk Bushman Tours Hunting Guide Canterbury

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Coached Hunting Tour

Shaun Monk Bushman Tours Hunting Guide Canterbury Hunting with Shaun
No. of Adventurers Price Per Person Total Cost
1 $1290 NZD $1290 NZD
2 $1090 NZD $2180 NZD
3 $1030 NZD $3090 NZD
4 $995 NZD $3980 NZD
5 $975 NZD $4875 NZD

Prices are excluding GST and will be calculated at checkout.


3 days
2 nights


Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 1750m



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Who's taking me on this adventure?
Shaun Monk Bushman Tours Hunting Guide Canterbury


I have walked through a lifetime of backcountry adventures all over New Zealand from multi-day solo hikes, to backpack hunting along mountain ranges. I'm ready to help turn your outdoor challenges into safe, awesome experiences.

My wide range of knowledge on wildlife, plants, conservation, bushcraft, mountain safety and New Zealand's unique history makes for a great chat while walking the trails or relaxing around the campfire. It's been great spending the last few years building Adventures and Tours for families, new hunters and travellers from all around the world.

I'm privileged to be looking after Island Hills Station and heading up the conservation efforts on the QEII covenant section of the privately run land. It's a special part of the Hurunui district and it's where we'll spend our time. Looking forward to taking you out!

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  • John Reilly Verified

    Nice location, good weather, Shaun really good host. All enjoyed the 3 day’s even when day plan changed, just up to the low glassing spot which ended up on a saddle high enough to see half of North Canterbury.


Reviews for Coached Hunting Tour

  • John Reilly Verified

    Nice location, good weather, Shaun really good host. All enjoyed the 3 day’s even when day plan changed, just up to the low glassing spot which ended up on a saddle high enough to see half of North Canterbury.


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All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!


  • 750ml Water Bottle

    750ML Water Bottle

  • Bivvy Bag

    Bivvy Bag

  • Day Pack

    Day Pack

  • Hiking Boots

    Hiking Boots

  • Hiking Pack

    Hiking Pack

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • Knife


  • Pack Cover

    Pack Cover / Liner

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Sleeping bag

    Sleeping Bag

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Toiletries and Underwear

    Toiletries & Underwear

  • Top and Bottom Layer

    Top & Bottom Base layer

  • Torch and Batteries

    Torch & Batteries

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

  • Whistle



  • Hand Sanitiser

    Hand Sanitiser

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

  • Tent



There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Red Deer, Wild Pig, Red Stag & Chamois

    Starting from $200: Make sure to tick the animal you're looking to bag this tour at checkout. This tour offers you the chance to pay your animal fees now and not worry about it during the hunt. Don't worry, If nothing is caught, you are fully refunded.

    + $200 NZD
  • Film The Hunt

    I have professional cameramen on call who have been seen on many hunting shows and contribute to The Hunters Journal Magazine. Leave your lenses at home and enjoy the trip through your own eyes while we capture the moments in a high-definition, 20 to 30-minute film.

    + $600 NZD
  • Backpack trekking and tent “camping out”

    If you fancy staying out overnight during the hunt, perhaps on the tops surrounding camp, this can be done and is very much worth it. It allows us to be available to hunt 24 hours a day and not miss any beauties out there.

  • Helicopter Drop Off

    (Quote only) For that extra, once in a lifetime sort of experience, I have contacts who can fly us into the station and leave us right up on the peaks - perfect for Chamois hunting from the get-go. If this sounds like how you want to begin your trip, select it at checkout and we'll send you a separate quote.

    + $500 NZD

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Q & A

Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.

  • This will be my first time hunting, will that be OK?

    This trip is specifically designed for all skill levels and provides you access to a pristine, privately run station. There is no judgement here, just good times. If you've never shot a rifle before, there are few places better than Island Hills to give it a go. It's safe and there is plenty of game for you to try your luck.

  • Do I need a rifle?

    No. I will provide all the necessary gear, ammo and training before the hunt where necessary. When we reach the camp, we will go through all of this and make sure you're properly set up. If you do have your own rifle, you're welcome to bring this, but please let me know in the message function after booking.

  • Can I bring the kids/family?

    I'd be disappointed if you didn't! This is always a good experience for everyone, but if your kids are also new to this, I highly recommend checking out my Parent & Child NZ Bush Experience via my profile. This is a slightly more affordable package for families to connect over a hunt but still brings with it the same, glorious outcome.


Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.

  • What gear do I need?

    Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.

  • What food shall I bring?

    Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.

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