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Wapiti Winter Weekend

Silent Auction

Welcome to the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation’s Silent Auction page! We’re thrilled to present an extraordinary lineup of exclusive prizes that have been kindly donated by our generous sponsors and supporters. 

This unique event is a golden opportunity for you to secure fabulous items while supporting the Foundation’s vital conservation efforts. Get ready to place your bid and be a part of the action, right from the comfort of your own home. Please note, bidding will close promptly at 9 pm on the 1st of July. The clock is ticking, so browse our auction catalogue, find your desired items, and start bidding now!

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Silent Auction Instructions

Joining in on the action is a breeze. Just explore the exciting array of items available for bid right here on our auction page. If something catches your eye, simply click on the ‘Place Bid’ button, fill in your details and your desired bid amount, and then submit.

The highest bidder when the auction ends will be the triumphant winner of the item.

If you are the lucky winner, we will get in touch regarding payment and collection of your item. 

Your participation contributes significantly to the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation’s conservation efforts, and we can’t thank you enough for your support. Happy bidding!

Bidding Closes at 9pm on Saturday the 1st of July 202

Lot 1

Viv Donald Bull by Sam Poots Framed Original Artwork

Viv Donald Bull by Sam Poots
Framed Original Artwork

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation is thrilled to present a specially commissioned artwork commemorating 100 years of legal wapiti hunting in Fiordland. This piece showcases the iconic Viv Donald Bull, a symbolic representation of our commitment to responsible hunting, conservation, and preservation.

Artistically crafted by a renowned female hunter and artist Sam Poots, this work has been inspired by first-hand experiences with the Wapiti in Fiordland. It embodies our rich history and aims to inspire others in both hunting and artistic communities.

This work beautifully captures the spirit of the ‘living’ Viv Donald Bull and the untamed beauty of the Fiordland wilderness. It stands as a beacon of progress, challenging barriers and stereotypes while honouring our legacy.

This significant piece reflects not only the rich history of wapiti hunting in Fiordland but also stands as a testament to the artist's and our continuous commitment towards environmental conservation.

Original Viv Donald Bull drawing - Sam Poots
760 mm x 560 mm + Framing, UV low reflection glass Ink + Graphite on paper

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Lot 2

Southern Secret Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise for two.

Southern Secret
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise for two.

Immerse yourself in the raw, untouched splendour of Doubtful Sound with an unforgettable overnight cruise for two aboard the Southern Secret. Here, in this serene sanctuary, steep mountain cliffs cradle the profound waters of the Fiords, a sight to leave you breathless.

As you comfortably drift along in your well-appointed, en-suite cabin, you will be surrounded by incredible scenery, cascading waterfalls, and an array of wildlife. This unique journey takes you into the heart of nature's grandeur, offering opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and spotting marine life such as dolphins, seals, and penguins.

As evening falls, enjoy sumptuous meals included in your package, before retiring to your private, comfortable double en-suite cabin. Awake to a fresh day in this tranquil paradise, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey during the serene months of September, October, or April, May 23/24. With a value exceeding $1,800, this unforgettable adventure offers the ideal escape into nature's most pristine form.

Valued upwards of $1,800

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Lot 3

Embark on a Free-Range Hunting Adventure with Top of the Lake

Step into the heart of New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes with a guided free-range hunting adventure brought to you by Top of the Lake.

At Top of the Lake, we believe in the personal touch. The person you speak with over the phone or email planning your trip is the same person who will guide you on your adventure, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience from start to finish.

Your unforgettable journey will include:

  • A full-day guided meat hunt experience for two.
  • A meat animal each - choose from a Fallow Doe or Red Hind.
  • Field butchery - learn the ins and outs of preparing your game.
  • Convenient transport from Glenorchy.
  • Unlimited tips and tricks to enhance your hunting prowess!

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with nature and create lifelong memories. Embark on your Top of the Lake adventure today!

Valued over $900

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Lot 4

Luxury and Adventure Unite with Real NZ

Luxury and Adventure Unite with Real NZ

Step into a world of opulence and exploration with this exclusive package from Real NZ. Experience the finest in high-end accommodation with a two-night stay in a luxury suite, meticulously designed to encapsulate both comfort and elegance.

Elevate your evening with a sumptuous dinner for two, showcasing a curated menu of locally-sourced ingredients, crafted to perfection by our expert culinary team. Let each bite lead you through a journey of unique flavours, rounding off your day in absolute indulgence.

But the highlights don't stop at luxury living. Prepare to embark on the Doubtful Day Cruise - an exploration of the untouched wilderness of Pātea Doubtful Sound. Experience the thrill of being off-grid, amidst New Zealand's pristine native flora, fauna, and abundant wildlife.

Cruise across the stunning Lake Manapouri and journey by coach over the lush Wilmot Pass. Traverse the southernmost crossing of the Southern Alps to reach the remote Doubtful Sound. With coach transfers available from Te Anau, your adventure into the wilderness is but a short journey away.

Ready to embark on this unforgettable fusion of luxury and wilderness?

Valued upwards of $1,800

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Lot 5

Soar High with the Fiordland Wapiti Team

Soar High with the Fiordland Wapiti Team

Here's an opportunity that soars above the rest. This exclusive flight is a ticket for one to join the Fiordland Wapiti team for a day. Embark on an aerial journey into the breathtaking Nitz Valley or any of the other four areas where our dedicated team performs vital predator control activities.

As you fly over these stunning landscapes, you'll have a front-row seat to the critical conservation work we do—checking predator traps and discussing deer conservation. What's more, you'll get to pick your personal guide from our team, customising your adventure to your interests.

If fitness is a concern, don't worry! You can opt to stay aboard the helicopter and simply relish in the unforgettable flight in and out of the majestic Glaisnock Wilderness area. Selecting this option will provide approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes of pure aerial wonder.

Please note, flights depart from Te Anau, and due to weather conditions, some flexibility may be required. Don't miss your chance to take to the skies with the experts in conservation and wildlife!

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Lot 6

Viv Donald Bull, Whiskey Decanter and Glasses x 4 by Summer Brook

Viv Donald Bull, Whiskey Decanter and Glasses x 4 by Summer Brook

Discover an exclusive offering in our limited series: only 4 sets available! Indulge in the exquisiteness of the Viv Donald Bull Whisky Decanter and Four Whisky Glasses, artistically designed by the renowned Summer Brook.

This one-of-a-kind set pays homage to the iconic bull, featuring intricate engravings that recount the tale of where the legendary creature fell a century ago. A perfect blend of art and history, this collection will undoubtedly elevate your whisky tasting experience. Don't miss out on owning a piece of this timeless legacy!

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Lot 7

Unforgettable Adventure in Martins Bay!

Unforgettable Adventure in Martins Bay!

Get ready for the ultimate outdoor retreat!, You and three others have the chance to enjoy a 3-day, 2-night adventure in a private lodge nestled in the breath-taking Martins Bay in Fiordland. This auction package includes an exhilarating walk in / fly out trip ex Milford Sound (or vice versa) that's fully catered to meet your needs. Unleash your adventurous spirit with a host of activities at your disposal - be it hunting, fishing, diving, or exploring the enchanting seal colony and beaches.

Plus, you'll have a boat ready for your use, perfect for navigating the scenic Hollyford river and Lake McKerrow. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in nature's grandeur while creating unforgettable memories!

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Lot 8

Last Ever Wapiti Hunt!

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on what could be Roy Sloan's last (or second last) —Wapiti hunt. Roy, General Manager of the Wapiti Foundation, has been traversing the Wapiti country for nearly 40 years. He's a true pioneer in wild deer animal management in New Zealand and has played an instrumental role in launching the current Wapiti program.

Now, you have the chance to customise your own hunting trip with Roy's guidance. Perhaps you're keen on applying for the 2024 Wapiti ballot, or if you miss out, a post-rut hunt could be an exhilarating option. If you're a fan of the warmer weather, consider a filming trip in late summer. The experience can be tailored to your preferences, from an authentic Wapiti pack-in, pack-out journey, or a flight to a non-wilderness block if your fitness level demands.

One of these options could be:
  • Applying for the 2024 ballot as a hunting party. (However, if you miss out, options 2. and 3. will still apply)
  • Post-rut rifle hunt.
  • A pre-rut non-rifle hunt with cameras.

Conditions will apply:
  • Normal ballot conditions will apply, ballot opens October 23, selected early December
  • Post-rut is after the 4th period
  • Hunting pre-rut will be with Camera only and will close on 01/02/24
  • National park access conditions will apply at all times. Flying or boating into the Wapiti area included in the package.

This package caters for up to three people for a span of seven days. While securing a trophy isn't guaranteed, what is promised is a wealth of knowledge about Wapiti, Fiordland, and the conservation programs of the FWF. Secure your spot today with a reserve of $5,000, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure!

Join the Hunt of a Lifetime with Wapiti Legend, Roy Sloan, Southern Lakes Helicopters and FWF

Starting bids $5,000

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