At Ribbonwood Station we run a herd of 1,000 cattle but we also have a world class Free Range and Fair Chase hunting operation. With 5000 acres of land on Ribbonwood Station itself and more than 50000 acres adjoing public land available for hunting you can appreciate the scope of hunting available. From the flat land at 1500 feet to the mountain tops at 5700 and with bush, sub-alpine forest, scrub gullies and open alpine tussock land there is a wide range of opportunities for all hunters. We have one of the most pristine and unspoilt wilderness areas in the world. Every day we think how lucky we are to be able to hunt here and share all this with hunters from around the world.
Ribbonwood Hunting is located 13 miles (21 km) from Fairlie township, the "Gateway To The Mackenzie Coutry". and a scenic 2.5 hour drive south of Christchurch's International Airport, on the main route to Tekapo and Queenstown. (Map here) Our hunting packages include both airport pickup and return.
On Ribbonwood you can hunt for the trophy (or trophies!) of a lifetime with Red Deer stags, Thar (tahr), Chamois, Fallow Deer and Pitt Island Wild Rams challenging your skills and providing the hunting experiences you will remember forever. Our hunting packages allow for 5 days of guided hunting.
Classic Red Stag 250 - 300 $3500
350 class $5000
Thar (tahr), Chamois, Fallow $4500
Pitt Island Rams $1000
Accommodation, meals and guide, per day $600
Non hunters just $250 per day.
Package includes Pickup / Return to Christchurch International Airport and you can also visit a taxidermist and arrange to expidite or mount your head/s.
Temperatures range from 25F - 65F and weather conditions vary greatly from day to day - it may freeze, be sunny and mild then rain and snow, all in the same day! It can also be very windy and so layered clothing is the best way to go. Good quality boots with heavy socks and a pair of snow gaitors are a good start, along with a top raincoat. Other equipment you may wish to bring would be a rifle (.270 and up) with a no less than 6x scope and 60 rounds of ammo. A small day pack and waterproof bags for cameras etc. We have a Tika 7mm-08, a 30-06 right hand and a 30-06 left hand available free of charge.
The new Lodge has 4 bedrooms - 3 bedroom have a queen and a single bed and one room has 2 king singles All have adjoining bathrooms. All the beds have electric blankets and each room a heat pump. A fully equiped kitchen and dining room, lounge and adjacent barbeque area make it completely self-contained. There is also an adjoining cottage with 9 beds, a bathroom, washing machine and is also self contained. All are fully supplied with linen and serviced each day.
More about the accommodation here
The MacKenzie Basin is an area of many attractions with a wide range of things to do and see. For non-hunters there is skiing, trout and salmon fishing, hot pools, ice skating and massages. There is also excellent shopping at Tekapo, Geraldine and even the city of Timaru is an easy day trip. Lake Opuha is very close by and good for fishing and water skiing and swimming. Or one can simply relax here, enjoy the peace and quiet, the panoramic views and a wine or coffee on the verandah and maybe spot a wild deer.