Okau Wilderness Park, Mataikona, Wairarapa, New Zealand Is a
privately owned and managed forest Park it provides an ideal habitat
for red and fallow deer, as well as goats, pigs and several species
of small game animals and birds, including wild turkeys. Guided
hunting provides bow and rifle hunters the opportunity to take
home a great trophy head.
Gert and Christine Vermeer own and manage Okau Wilderness Park
which is situated near Castlepoint in the Wairarapa region of
New Zealand. These eastern North Island coastal ranges were a
release point for red deer from Windsor Park in England, over
140 years ago. Okau Wilderness Park comprises over 5,000 acres
of native forest or regenerating forest, which provides an ideal
habitat for red and fallow deer, wild pigs (boar) and goats. The
eco-system on Okau runs from the sea coast, up to 2,000 feet altitude,
with several complete watersheds that run out to the ocean. This
offers hunters the opportunity to hunt bush edges, creek beds,
mountain tops, clearings and within the bush itself, and provides
a broad range of opportunities for hunters using rifle or bow.
Over the 20years Gert and Christine have been based at Okau Park,
he has come to recognise the potential offered for deerstalking
due to the high quality of stags on this property.
The coastal hills of the Wairarapa have long been recognised
as trophy producing country and Okau Wilderness Park certainly
provides proof of this.
Okau Wilderness Park Offers Free-range hunting for red deer Fallow
deer as well as Wild goats and pigs, there are no fences or barriers.
The natural geographic boundaries protect these hills from over
hunting.The deer on this property are truly wild deer, but the
light hunting pressure leaves the deer very calm and approachable,
making stalking and assessment of animals prior to shooting quite
straightforward. Stags with less than 10 points are usually left
to mature further, and only the better trophies sought each year.
A surprising number of high quality animals are taken each roar.
For the hunters wanting world class Red deer trophy's over 312
SCI score Okau park would recommend and also offer Estate hunting,
an area over 1000 acres of still hardcore game habitat, within
the estate Mature red deer stags are 14 points minimum and go
up to over 400 SCI score Fallow stags are also worldclass
There is a choice of hunting accomadation available.A selfcontained
two bedroomed flat at the homestead with all the comforts (normally
used by the estate hunters or the hunters with non hunter combination)
Also available are two bush cabins one with two bedroms and one
with three bedrooms (mosly used by the free-range hunters). Both
cabins are of high standard, and are spacious and warm if hunters
are confined to base due to inclement weather conditions.Also
situated throughout the park are three small well located spotting
cabins with one or two bunks and gas stove. there are also some
perminent tree-stands and waterproof hides well situated for bow
Gert provides a full guided service, so during a roar trip,
each hunter has the choice of eiter a one hunter one guide option
or a two to three hunters one guide option, for the two hunter
one guide option each hunter can expect 2 - 3 days of fully guided
hunting, with the balance of time spent hunting alone. Younger
animals can be sighted in a relatively casual manner from well
located lookout points"
To date, no hunter has left Okau Station disappointed. Since
1997, only two hunters have failed to take away a head of 10
points or greater. Every hunter has agreed that they have had
opportunities to take good stags.
The park also provides great access to one of the richest New
Zealand fishing grounds with extensive coastline fishing, either
by boat or from shore. Hunters seeking some diversity are able
to gather abalone, lobster and many delicious fish species. Most
meals served during a trip at Okau will include some local seafood
and / or wild game, for a complete "taste of New Zealand".
Other recreational activities within a short drive from Okau
include a golf course, hotel, general store, cafe and bar, surfing
or boating. Other local activities available include trout fishing,
jet boating, or wine tasting.
For details of hunting options and prices of trips, please look
at the Prices page.
For some pictures of trophies from the 2007 roar, click
here. There are some further pictures from earlier years