Upland game hunting is a different ball game to waterfowl hunting. This exciting and challenging pastime requires different techniques and often plenty of walking!

The upland game hunting season begins on the first weekend of May and generally lasts until mid-August – providing plenty of action after the duck season closes.

Pheasant and quail hunting is fast and furious, and a successful day with a good dog will remain a highlight for a long time.


Pheasants are one of New Zealand’s most sought after game birds. Their bright plumage and superb eating qualities make them popular with all game bird hunters.


Quail hunting is an exciting and demanding form of game bird hunting. Quail are small, fast flying birds, which means quick and accurate shooting is required.


A late arrival to New Zealand the chukar (Alectoris chukar) was first introduced from India in 1926 …