You can check out but you'll never leave

The saying "Home is Where the Heart Is" may never feel truer than when you're falling asleep to the dulcet tones of the Motokaikai cascading her way through the estate. 

Built in 1895 the hut served as a refuge for cattle drovers & deer stalkers throughout South Canterbury. The hut has undergone a few subtle tweaks over the years, to keep it up to speed for today's discerning traveler but rest assured the hut's pioneer flavour still remains. And speaking of pioneers, just down the hallway, past your bedroom & bathroom you’ll find SHACKLETON'S... our in-house bar which tips it's cap to Antarctica and raises it's glass to the heroes that conquered it.

Here is your place to log out & reconnect with nature. This little gem that sits in the clouds and the estate that surrounds it... are exclusively yours whilst you're here. 


  • Stravon

    The Estate

    FOUNDED:  1864
    GAME:  Red Stag / Wapiti / Whitetail / Chamois / Fallow / Turkey / Wallaby / Pheasant / Alpine Goat / Arapawa Ram
    SEASON: All Year
    LODGINGS:  Headquarters
    INCLUSIVE: Stravon Guide
    Sustainability & conservation are at the core of what we do at Stravon, something that will become evident to all guests upon arrival. Beautiful forests of native bush, full of bird song await in an environment teeming with wildlife. This isn't the kind of place where you'll struggle to find an adventure, the Estate caters to all ages & fitness levels BUT make no mistake, Stravon is big country... this landscape, where Moa once roamed, dates back to the Paleozoic Age and even though it took millions of years for Stravon to make an impression here... we think it'll take far less to leave one on you.
  • Stravon Safaris


    World-class hunting aside, Stravon has some of New Zealand’s greatest natural wonders quite literally at her back doorstep. So, whether it's through crosshairs or the taking of a fly, you'll discover there's something for everyone yet providing plenty of distractions along the way.

    Stravon Safaris offers hunting, fly fishing & travel expertise in the following areas:
    Professionally guided hunting & fishing
    Animal Observations
    Corporate Team Building
    Film / Media Productions

    *Stravon Safaris holds concessions to land on National Park & conservation lands throughout the South Island.

    When You Experience It. You Get It.



    In collaboration with our Enviro Gold & OutdoorsMark Awards and with your safety in the forefront of our minds we have created the Wilderness Area Response Plan or W.A.R.P. The W.A.R.P is exactly that, a response plan or blueprint for your hunt. Covering everything from a bee sting to your worse case scenario whilst out in the field and under our guidance.


  • Climate


    What we say to our guests is that they need to layer their clothes so that if the day starts out nice and then in the afternoon turns for the worst they are prepared for both situations. With New Zealand being a island nation we can experience weather from all of the seasons in a 24 hour period, none more so than the areas you’ll find yourself in with us and this is why we pack accordingly.

    STRAVON and our other sporting destinations are found in regions where the weather & climate can turn for the good or bad within a few short hours. Fortunately, today’s technology with weather updates etc allows us to be updated with Mother Nature’s plans BUT the correct attire - when on a Stravon Safari is absolutely crucial.

    Click here to see our weather forecast...

  • Our Environmental Statement


    We take New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna very seriously and have our own Bio-Security requirements as you arrive in New Zealand. This is to ensure that no foreign organisms or threats enter our pristine waterways. Our protection measures include cleaning and freezing your equipment overnight to ensure all threats are benign.

What's out the back door?

Adventure at your doorstep.

Red Stag

Cervus elaphus




Macropus rufogriseus

* We recommend packing 100 rounds or more.


Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Wood Pigeon - endemic

Kokatahi Bivouac

BUILT:  1957
DESIGN:  NZFS S80 (New Zealand Forestry Services) - Retired
SLEEPS:  Two people

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Odocoileus virginianus


Falco novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Falcon - endemic


Rupicapra Rupicapra


Anthornis melanura

New Zealand Bellbird - endemic


Cervus elaphus nelsoni


Phasianus colchicus

Estate to Plate

Fare Game

Sweet Dreams

Unfortunately, we cannot turn the volume of the waterfall down.