This breed of wild sheep were introduced in 1867 to Arapawa Island at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
The Arapawa Ram is the descendant of a flock of domesticated sheep that were introduced to Arapawa Island over 200 years ago as a food source for whalers. They are a wild, hardy sheep that is totally unique to the country and a great sheep hunt addition to your New Zealand guided hunting trip.
They reverted to survival characteristics and evolved extensively into this unique breed on the small Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds, hence their name. They are usually dark brown and black in colour with white markings.
Usually, the average ram will possess 1-1.5 curls on either side, however, it’s not unheard of to hunt a trophy possessing two full curls.
Sheep hunting the classic Arapawa Ram trophy has an impressive set of double-curled horns, dark brown or black wool and a white blaze down it’s nose. The rams inhabit steep hill country, are hard-running and make for a trophy well worth the effort.