About South Pacific Safaris
Hi! My name is Mike Wilks and, together with my wife Deborah, I own and operate South Pacific Safaris New Zealand. If you’re looking for a hunting lodge in New Zealand or you’re planning a New Zealand hunting trip, we offer professional hunting guides specialising in the best New Zealand trophy red stag, elk, fallow, tahr, chamois, boar, feral goat and arapara ram hunts.
We have been married for 37 years, and both of us have spent our whole lives in New Zealand, enjoying and growing up in the great outdoors. Together we have three adult children, one married with two beautiful children, and when we are not hunting we are spending time enjoying our grandchildren.
I have been associated with hunting for almost my entire life. My passion for hunting and the great New Zealand outdoors began when I accompanied my grandfather on rabbit hunts as a young boy, and it wasn’t long before I was successfully hunting larger game such as red stag and boar.
About our Guided Hunting Experience
We pride ourselves on helping our hunters secure the very best trophies available, and with 12 years’ experience running our hunting outfitting business we have the reputation for doing so.
We are dedicated to getting you the very best trophy of your choice, and not only do our red stags, elk and fallow bucks score well, but they also have huge mass, width and points. The proof is in our Photo Gallery section, so please be sure to take some time to view these magnificent trophies.
Having myself been on a number of guided hunting tours over the years, I have also been "the client" and have a sound understanding of the needs and requirements of a successful guided hunting experience from a hunter’s perspective. As a result, my motto is to treat all hunters exactly as I like to be treated. When you spend time at our wilderness hunting lodge or join myself or our trusted hunting guide on a New Zealand hunting trip, you can expect honest communication, respect, and most importantly, the experience of a lifetime.
I am a proud member of Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, NRA and the New Zealand Professional Hunters & Guides Association. I am not only the Outfitter but also a full time hunting guide, along with Hayden who has worked for us for the past 10 years. Hayden is a dedicated hunter and expert hunting guide who is passionate about finding you the very best trophies possible. Our experience hunting New Zealand red stag and other large game positions us among the very best hunting guides in New Zealand.
New Zealand Tours and Experiences for Non-Hunters
My wife Deborah has worked for many years in the tourism industry, and is happy to offer suggestions for your pre and post guided hunting and touring options within New Zealand. Deborah personally looks after all non-hunters, and is very happy to show them all there is to see and do, right on our back door. Whether it be coastal walks, a trip to the day spa, whale watching, shopping or just relaxing around our beautiful luxury hunting lodge, Deborah will take care to ensure everyone is happy and well-catered for.
Whether you yourself plan on joining us on a guided hunting trip, or you’re joining your partner, friends or family at our New Zealand hunting lodge and would like to experience non-hunting New Zealand tours, we can ensure you’ll have an amazing experience.
Our Luxury Hunting Lodge
We live on our game ranch just 15 minutes’ drive south of the world-renowned marine capital of New Zealand, Kaikoura. Our luxury hunting lodge and guest lodge offer unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as our bush-clad valley, which extends to the west and is home to red stag, fallow bucks, Elk, feral goats and wild boar. Our exclusive hunting concessions to hunt chamois and tahr are close by, and with proven management are producing some of the best trophies to come out of New Zealand. We know each hunter is different and tailor each hunt to suit, offering a number of different hunting methods, and catering for all ages and fitness levels. Our hunting guides, Hayden and Pete, both have extensive knowledge and passion for hunting, and do a fantastic job ensuring our guided hunting trip offerings are world-class.
Our chef, Richard, cooks the best fresh cuisine there is, with lobster and seafood appearing on the menu when available. Kaikoura is the home of fresh seafood. We also serve fresh venison, particularly Fallow deer, which is everyone's favourite. New Zealand also has a well-deserved reputation for fine, locally-produced wine, and we serve the very best from our region.
We are very proud to have a close, working relationship with America's largest Hunting and Fishing store. Their Outdoor Adventures booking agents invited us as the only New Zealand Outfitter to be a part of their "International destination program" for their customers and employees. We have now been invited to use their official logo within our advertising, which is a huge stamp of recognition for our hunting outfitter business. Working together with their marketing team and Outdoor Adventures Consultants, our trophy hunting business is considered one of the best and has the reputation for producing the highest quality trophies in New Zealand.