Subscriber Steve Porto hunted tahr, chamois, red stag, turkey and duck in New Zealand with Don Patterson’s Manuka Point Lodge in the Canterbury region of South Island in late May and early June. He booked his trip through the Global Sportsman (830-755-9191; www.theglobalsportsman.com). This was his second hunt with Manuka Point.
“Manuka Point is a hunting paradise,” Porto writes in Report 10903. “All animals were hunted free range with abundant and healthy populations. The Patterson family offers excellent hospitality and food at a luxurious end-of-the-road lodge.”
In a follow-up email, Porto writes, “My wife and I combined a week of touring on North Island with six days of hunting at Manuka Point. I had hunted free-range stag with the Pattersons 14 years ago and wanted to return with my wife to this little corner of paradise. They are situated at the headwaters of the Rakaia River, with the Southern Alps rising dramatically at the end of the valley. Arranging a hunt with them through Global Sportsman was easy. Manuka Point can customize the trip to your preferences and will even assist in any touring you want to do before or after. Considering the quality of hunting and accommodations, this is absolutely a great value-for-the-money hunt.
“The free-range red deer present a good challenge. My wife took a great deer after three hours of spot-and-stalk hunting in the valley with guide Dave Patterson (Don’s cousin), who is excellent. She also bagged a nice Merriam turkey on the high ridge that forms Manuka Point. Hunters can also elect to hunt in a very large estate area that contains trophy red and fallow deer and other game.
“I hunted tahr and chamois, which required a short Cessna flight to the Fox Glacier area. Don’s son, Ben Patterson, owns Wilderness Wings, which arranges tours and scenic flights all over South Island. Fox Glacier is a spectacular place. We used a helicopter to access a basin in the mountains and hiked from there. My tahr did not require much climbing. Unfortunately, he rolled down a chute, which made recovery difficult, and he lost a horn.
“We then spent the night locally and went the next day to a different area for the chamois, which required more climbing. We finally got into good position and got a nice trophy. Don Patterson guided me and did a fantastic job. He has hunted for many years in those mountains and knows the area. I highly recommend Manuka Point Lodge for a great free-range hunt.”