Wapiti Winter Weekend - Fri 30th Jun Sun 2nd Jul 2023


The Wapiti Foundation prides itself in hunter lead conservation.
The FWF manage wild deer numbers for the improvement of the recreational hunting potential, while ensuring it is compatible with conservation.


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

Fiordland National park is 12.5 million hectares; the Wapiti area is 175,000 ha. Consistently over 20 years the Wapiti area has had the highest percentage of deer management per hectare than the remainder of the Fiordland National Park

Over the last 5 years over 50% of the deer removed from the Fiordland National Park (12.5 Million hectares) were removed from the Wapiti area (175,000 hectares). 


The FWF manage wild deer numbers for the improvement of the recreational hunting potential while ensuring it is compatible with conservation.

The success of the FWF deer management program is measured and monitored and endorsed by the Department of Conservation.

The Wapiti Foundation uses science to support its deer management program. Historically employing organisations like Landcare NZ and other experienced leading biologists.

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation operates over 500 predator control traps in 5 river catchments in the Glaisnock Wilderness Area.

All the FWF deer management programs and predator control programs are managed by volunteers.

Wapiti hunters undertake the largest citizen science kea project in NZ.

Each year when the recreational hunters are in the Wapiti area they undertake over 40,000 hours of Native bird survey work per year while hunting.

The projects that the FWF undertake in the Wapiti area are all done with a community focus “we are about people”.

What makes our projects successful is our ability to collaborate between the FWF and other like-minded organizations to achieve a high standard of conservation and respect for Fiordland.

Whio in river

Whio Project

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation predator trapping program commenced in 2005 and was due to a lot of hard work by founding members of the foundation.

Herd Management

Herd Management

Balancing conservation objectives and the health of the Fiordland Wapiti Herd.


Wapiti Hunting Ballot

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


Wild at Heart

The Fiordland Wapiti Trust are proud to be teaming up with the good sorts at BurgerFuel, Citizen Collective and With Wild to help launch a new special burger, Wild Heart.

The partnership is challenging perceptions around food waste and aiding in conserving the Fiordland National Park.  

A dollar from every burger sold will be donated to support the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation.
This will help the us to complete essential conservation work in the famous Nitz Valley.

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