Our seasons are the opposite of that in the northern hemisphere our autumn is March to May, Winter is June to August.
We hunt here from mid February to August; due to our great climate here on the East Coast of the North Island, our winter months are seldom cooler than 45 degrees F (8 degrees C) and it rarely snows.
Here are some indicative temperatures during hunting hours for months hunted in Gisborne, New Zealand.
70-90 F, 21-30 C
60-80 F, 15-27 C
60-75 F, 15-24 C
50-70 F, 10-21 C
45-65 F, 8-18 C
45-65 F, 8-18 C
All species can be hunted in New Zealand during the months above, the rut for Red Stag is mid March to mid April.
Trophy Goat and Arapawa rams and Turkey’s can be hunted all year.
Duck hunting in New Zealand is only available May and June
Trout fishing is available 1st October to June 30th.
GEAR LIST, EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING
Please note; we are 35 minutes drive from a hunting store, most of the gear required can be purchased before your hunt.
Boots: Good ankle support essential, light and waterproof preferably with soft rubber sole for stealth, I prefer a GORE-TEX lined boot, light and fast drying, I got three hard seasons out of a pair of Cabela’s ‘Whitetail Extreme” 400 gram thinsulate with scentlock they were a good all round boot well suited to New Zealand hunting conditions.
THERE ARE NO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS TO WEAR BLAZE ORANGE IN NEW ZEALAND WHILE HUNTING.
Waterproof, warm parka and pants.
Preferably camo, light and fast drying Cabela’s “RAIN SUEDE” or MTO50 GORE--TEX is very good.
Pants X 2 preferably camo
Shirts X2 (one polar fleece or similar)
Long john first layer especially for winter months.
Fleece hat, (insulated) especially for winter months.
Insulated gloves especially for winter months
Camo facemask especially if bird hunting or bow hunting.
Scentlock, scentblock etc. clothing an advantage for bow hunters.
Please note we have a laundry service here, hunting clothing can be washed in an odor / scent / uv eliminating sportswash.
Binoculars: Bushnell, Nikon, Zeiss, Leica etc preferably 10X. We have a loner pair of Leica binoculars if you prefer to travel light .
Good camera, of course you will get the opportunity to take plenty of photos while you are here.