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Fiordland Wapiti Foundation

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation was formed to address the potential threat to the flora and fauna of the Fiordland National Park caused by Wapiti deer, an introduced species, while maintaining a quality herd for future trophy hunting opportunities.


We are dedicated to protecting and sharing all the things that make Fiordland Special

In 1993 a group of hunters founded The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, initially as a deer management program. Since then, the Foundation has become guardians of one of Aotearoas’ treasures – Te Waipounamu World Heritage -Fiordland National Park. One of the world’s most prestigious wilderness areas

Formed to address the potential threat to flora and fauna of the Fiordland National Park caused by Wapiti deer, an introduced species, while maintaining a quality herd for future trophy hunting opportunities.

Out of that deer management grows a responsibility for Fiordland, a responsibility not only for the Wapiti deer but also for Fiordland and its environment.

Funded by Recreational Wapiti hunters out of their own pockets, it has been the most successful deer management program in New Zealand. This is a win- win for both conservation and recreation, and since 2005 it has accounted for over 18,000 unwanted deer to date.

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Get ready for a thrilling array of prizes in the Great New Zealand Hunting Competition! With three fantastic prizes for each of the 10 game animal species, we’re giving away a total of 30 incredible rewards.

Wapiti Winter Weekend


Fiordland Wapiti Foundation and Te Anau are proud to announce the Winter Wapiti Weekend, a unique gathering for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts. Taking place in a scenic Te Anau the gate way to Fiordland.


This event will bring together attendees and stall holders who share a passion for the great outdoors and all things hunting.

The Trade Fair will feature a wide variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest gear and equipment, including hunting rifles, bows, and accessories, as well as outdoor clothing and footwear. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk to experts in the field, learn about new products, and compare different brands.

For those interested in hunting, there will be demonstrations and seminars on a range of topics, including conservation, survival skills, animal tracking, and ethical hunting practices. 

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Whio in river

Hunters Protecting Whio

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation predator trapping program commenced in 2005 and was due to a lot of hard…

Wapiti Herd

The Wapiti Herd

Ever since their release at the head of George Sound in March 1905, nothing has aroused hunters’ passion more than…

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Wapiti Ballot

Key Dates
Ballot opens: 1/10/23 - 30/11/23
1st period 20th – 29th March 2023
2nd period 30th March – 8th April 2023
3rd period 9th – 18th April 2023
4th period 19th – 28th April 2023 (ALL BLOCKS

Enter the Wapiti Ballot

Enter the Wapiti Ballot

Wapiti Ballot

Fiordland Wapiti hunting during the rut is one of the most sort after hunting opportunities in the New Zealand hunting calendar.

Did You know?
Wapiti Hunters conduct one of New Zealand's largest citizen science projects. Annually amassing over 40,000 hours of native bird monitoring equivalent to 20 years of work for one person.

More than just deer

Hunters know better than most that hunting Wapiti is more than just the deer, it’s a package deal that brings huge health benefits both mentally and physically. Being able to manage our projects in this amazing place is something the Wapiti Foundation cherish, as this program is not only about but also about peoples-hearts and minds.

Lead by a core of Volunteers the Wapiti Foundation it all about Wapiti deer and conservation.

Partnerships with other non-hunting groups were developed out of pure respect for ethical behaviour that was shown by the Wapiti Foundation.


Wapiti Bull

Learn how to evaluate Wapiti bulls.

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a real trophy – a big old bull