Stravon Safaris is a full service, outdoors driven, tourism operation based out of STRAVON, a pristine wilderness estate
nestled in The Hunters Hills.
We help our guests achieve their dreams by giving them an experience that captures the very essence
of what hunting & fly fishing in New Zealand is all about.
We do this through conservation, passion and the sheer natural beauty of New Zealand.
Founded in 1864, Stravon lies 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.
Stravon offers hunting and travel expertise in the following areas:
- Professionally guided hunting & fishing
- Animal Observations
- Corporate Team Building
- Photographic Safaris
- Film / Media Productions
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.
Our Environment 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.
Guides work exclusively for STRAVON and are expected to have an advanced knowledge of all forms of equipment, safety, decorum/etiquette, conservation, entomology, wildlife, habitat and holistic biodiversity in order to better inform our guests of the environment and wilderness areas they are traveling to.