Stravon Guide

From the 1850s to the early 1900s many species of deer, tahr, chamois, trout, salmon and even moose were introduced here for sport and food.

In those early days there were three things that brought you to these lost islands - you were either moving here, visiting The Pink and White Terraces OR you travelled here for the sport - in a country that fast became known as a mecca for hunting & fishing.

This, in turn heralded in the age of the professional guide. From the great Jim Muir to the modern day guide at Stravon you'll discover guidance that not only encompasses the duties of a professional guide but those of a butler, motivational coach & lifeguard and by the end of it all... a good mate.

New Zealand may be a long way away but her rewards are great and we would love nothing more than to show this magnificent country and her bounty to you.

 

Jim Muir

New Zealand's Greatest Guide

There was an article written about a famous Indian guide who was described as the 'best guide in the world' in a large newspaper. Upon reading this, those who had been guided by Jim Muir said he could match all of those qualities and add many more. Muir was undoubtedly one of the great guides, he seldom failed to satisfy his clients and that's probably why the likes of Eddie Herrick (next slide), one of New Zealand's outstanding sportsman always traveled with this magnificent outdoorsman.

 

Eddie Herrick

Here's Eddie Herrick, seen here standing in the creek that now bears his name in Wet Jacket Arm with his bull Moose. Eddie spent nearly three months a year in this area for thirty years (10 years!) of his life.

We certainly like the cut of his jib as we love it down there too.

This photo was taken by his guide the late, great Jim Muir.

 

The Anglers Paradise

It was for good reason that New Zealand was aptly described as 'the anglers el' dorado' as it has always been a fly fishing mecca as this early tourism poster depicts.

Deer Stalking

New Zealand has always been a mecca for deer stalking as this early tourism poster indicates.

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