We went out with Shaun for three days to experience what he had on offer and let me just say, wow! He managed to show us many activities, the extent of deer and pigs on offer as well as the incredible work he’s doing for conservation there through the QEII convenant. You have my absolute guarantee that you will not regret booking this Adventure!
– Ollie Law | Bushman Tours Founder
After meeting, we will drive together to the homestead of Island Hills Station and start heading up into the mountains. This alone is an epic drive, nearly an hour to the Station, and you’ll get to experience the sheer scale of the place. After dropping off gear at the hut, an unmarked hike awaits through traditional native beech forest with a lesson on natural growth, devastation and conservation work. It’s here you’ll learn about many of our native trees and their unique ways of life.
When we reach our first set of tops, prime your eyes for local stags (something I frequently keep under control). We’ll arrive at our first hut (built, owned and maintained by myself and the station owner), you’ll be briefed on the conservation work and can help prepare the camp for the evening campfire and BBQ – or just relax.
On the second day, you can choose from a variety of activities including bushcraft, checking and setting conservation traps (large, bulky boxes that earn you a cold beer or two that night) and other pest control methods.
There are also some big hikes around the full station (looking for local stag and pigs), replacing timber and resources, or for those keen to just take it all in, lounge around the lodge and sunbathe by the rivers that flow from the mountains.
I will put the group through some activities, teach you bushcraft, how to build your own hill stick, skinning a possum and preparing wild foods. If you’re trying to find that Real New Zealand Experience, this is it.