I’m often asked what sets us apart and my answer is always the same. When we sit around the fire or kick back with friends no one tells the story about the hunt that took a few hours and involved a back massage at a fancy resort.

The story we tell is about stalking that cunning Red Stag or glassing up to those old Bull Tahr. It’s about climbing to the highest peak and finding where the mountains end and where sky begins. It’s about stalking through an ancient forest and feeling like the journey forward is a journey back. The hunt of a lifetime is as much about challenging or cunning game as it is about the journey that led to claiming it.

I’m a proud New Zealander, born and raised on the South Island…and I’ve spent a lifetime building personal relationships with private landowners to give you access to a hunting experience you’ll never forget. They are, in a word…spectacular. Endless acres and stunning scenery filled with plentiful, high quality game. Decades later, I still guide over 80% of our hunts because I love what I do as much as I love giving personal attention and building a relationship with every client. With New Zealand Safaris you’ll experience a truly customized hunting experience and discover the best of what New Zealand has to offer in the privacy of your own hunting party.

I welcome you to personally get in touch with me & give us the opportunity to discuss further our “Hunting Safari Experience”. It’s a story you’ll be telling for a long time to come.

  • “Jim your a very hard working guide and outfitter and it was great my wife could come on the hunts with us. You have have great knowledge of the land and game that you hunt it was a lot of fun. We would like to thank you both for the great time we had with New Zealand Safaris. We would recommend you to anyone looking for and great hunting experience.”
    Kevin & MaryBeth Pollock, Utah, USA
  • “Jim has an intimate knowledge of the animals and their habits. He frequently predicted what the animals were going to do before they did it. In addition, he has a complete knowledge of the tens of thousands of acres he hunts. And now for the good part. Jim is completely focused on your hunt being successful. Jim is the best outfitter-guide I have ever had."
    John Larue, Montana, USA

Rhonda Gibson

It's been said that, "behind every good man there's a good woman." Rhonda has been with Jim in the guiding industry since they both started, making lunches to now running their own All Seasons Lodge. With a farming back ground and a love for cooking, horses, and kids, Rhonda has earned a reputation not only for her amazing meals, but also her fresh bakered goods. Naturally an entertainer, she helps keep the ship running while the busy hunting season is in full swing.

Rest assured she will welcome you as a friend into the lodge life and make your stay a memorable one.

Troy Gilmore

Troy first hunted with Jim back in 2006, and has been back 3 times now for different species. Today Troy has become a good friend, highly trained outfitter and a great representative in North America for New Zealand Safaris. As a professional guide in Colorado on Mule deer and Whitetail, Troy knows the industry well and helps Jim during the busy hunting trade shows in the U.S. With his experienced knowledge of New Zealand hunting and tourism, he helps our clients with a lot of questions like bringing guns into New Zealand, flights, and what to do after the hunt and where to go.

Coming back for the 2018 season to hunt and help out again, Troy is a great go to guy for all things related to New Zealand Safaris.