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What to Bring to Okau Station

Hunters need only bring minimal personal requirements for their deerstalking trip.  All food and drink is provided during your stay at Okau, all included in the price of your hunt.

New Zealand has a highly unpredictable climate, particularly during the roar/rut in autumn and winter. Warm clothing and some waterproof gear is essential, in case of bad weather. Okau suggests the following:

Rifle - .243 or larger calibre preferred (we can supply a suitable rifle at no cost if required )
Day Pack
Light boots
Warm clothing - non scratch material for hunting
Swandri or waterproof coat

Sleeping Bag

Personal Effects


Suitable firearms can be provided if required.  For hunters wishing to bring their own firearms into New Zealand, the process has become much more complicated with new firearms laws in 2023. Check with your airline before making your travel bookings for their regulations on carrying firearms.   Should your airline not permit the carriage of firearms, check with Air New Zealand, as this airline does permit passengers to bring firearms - but always check on booking. Please also follow the procedures set out by the New Zealand Firearms Safety Authority.


Please note that HANDGUNS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN NEW ZEALAND!  Also note that semi-automatic firearms are extremely difficult to bring into NZ and are subject to very strict regulation.  We therefore recommend you do not attempt to bring semi-auto rifles with you.

Suitable calibres start from .243, but remember a big Red Stag does take some stopping, and the New Zealand terrain does demand quick kills.  The .270 calibre and upwards are more highly recommended, particularly for any inexperienced hunters.

For bow hunters, the minimum recommended draw weight for a bow is 55lbs.

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