You can be forgiven for feeling like you're walking through the set of Jurassic Park as you roam through Stravon and to be fair, it is a lot like a 'lost world'... there aren't any dinosaurs (although Moa & Haast's Eagle lived here once) but you will discover an abundance of native and introduced wildlife, living in a timeless wilderness that is exclusively yours to explore & discover.
Make no mistake, Stravon is big country. If you were to flatten her out, it would probably be more like 5x it's actual size. And this is the beauty of the place, with so many nooks and valleys there are adventures awaiting the explorer, up, down or over the next ridge. Stravon captures the quintessential Kiwi outdoor experience superbly and being blessed with a ‘backyard’ such as Te Wāhipounamu, our alpine hunting and fly fishing destinations are also second to none.
Rest assured, our team are highly skilled on many levels and are dedicated to providing you with a unique and unforgettably natural experience. At Stravon you’ll find sport unrivalled in quality and service but you may also be surprised to discover that it's our guides that will impress you the most. They have what it takes to turn an adventure into the experience of a lifetime.
Founded in 1864, STRAVON stands on the eastern face of The Hunters Hills. Believe it or not, Stravon is from a region where hunting & fishing has always been a way of life. It was for good reason these hills bear this name, the great Maori leader Te Huruhuru coined it so, for not only the bounty it offered but for the fact that it was his favourite place or Tūrangawaewae to hunt - however, back then, it wasn't venison on the menu... it was Moa.
STRAVON is situated in an area steeped in the natural history of New Zealand. Not only are some of New Zealand’s greatest natural wonders found only a stones throw away, so too are some of the earliest Maori cave drawings. Drawings that depict hunting stories of another kind - tales of what the local people called Manunui or Great Bird. The Manunui (later known as Haast’s Eagle) was a massive bird that preyed on Moa (and even Maori) in lethal fashion.
From the 1850's - 1900's many species were first released into New Zealand for sport and it was this region that deer, tahr, chamois, wallaby, trout & salmon all found their new home. STRAVON is found inside the provincial borders of South Canterbury. If you were to stand on top of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest point - looking due east towards the Pacific Ocean, the proud hunting region of South Canterbury would form a square in front of you. The area swoops down from the western boundary, New Zealand’s highest ridge. Continuing eastward, rolling hills rise and fall, flattening into the plains that stretch to the Pacific Ocean. The northern and southern boundaries are the braided Rangitātā and Waitaki rivers which provide fabulous freshwater action as well as a couple of magnificent location shots for all you Tolkien fans out there. And when the lights go out, a large portion of this gorgeous region turns into the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve - quite possibly the best star gazing venue on Earth.
With natural boundaries as good as this and the wealth of wildlife that lives inside them, it should come as no suprise that some of New Zealand's very best hunting & fishing is from here.
On Safari+The hunting wonderland of Stravon aside. Stravon Safaris offer unique, active itineraries for sportsmen & women - placing them in some of the most remote yet most beautiful parts of New Zealand... The New Zealand we know and love.So, whether you're chasing Tahr, stalking that wily backwater brown or carving out that first run on virgin powder - we'll put you in the moment.
Stravon offers hunting, fly fishing and travel expertise in the following areas:
Professionally guided hunting & fishing
Corporate Team Building
Film / Media Productions
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 it's other sporting destinations are found in regions of New Zealand where the weather and 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 safari with STRAVON is absolutely crucial.
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While Stravon is certainly off the beaten path, lots of people want to find themselves here at the same time.
Be sure to book your adventure early if you're heading to New Zealand.
You're In Safe Hands+
In collaboration with our Enviro Gold & OutdoorsMark Awards and with your safety in the forefront of our minds we have created the Hunting Area Response Plan or H.A.R.P.
The H.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.