You can check out but you'll never leave

'The saying "Home is Where the Heart Is" may never feel truer when you start to 'nod off' to the dulcet tones of the Motukaika cascading her way down  through Stravon. 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.

Found just over three thousand feet above sea level, Headquarters was built in 1895 and 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 the discerning traveler of today but rest assured the hut's pioneer flavour still remains. And speaking of pioneers, just down the hallway, past the amenities you’ll find SHACKLETON'S... our in-house bar that tips it's cap to Antarctica and raises it's glass to the heroes that conquered it.

Step outside and you'll discover one hot bath, one waterfall and a whole lot of peace & quiet.


  • Stravon


    Established:  1864
    Game:  Red Stag / Wapiti / Whitetail / Chamois / Fallow / Turkey / Wallaby / Pheasant / Alpine Goat / Arapawa Ram
    Natives: Native & endemic birds
    Season: All Year
    Stay: Headquarters & Kokatahi Bivouac
    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.

    Stravon is big country. Our landscape is vast & challenging. The Hunters Hills date back to the Paleozoic Age and although it took thousands of years for Stravon to make an impression here... we think it'll take far less to leave one on you.


  • Stravon



    Stravon has some of New Zealand’s greatest natural wonders quite literally at her 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.

  • Weather & Environment

    We take New Zealand’s unique flora & 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.
    With New Zealand being an island nation we 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. 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.
    STRAVON and our other sporting destinations are found in areas 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...
  • Your Safety


    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.