Welcome to the NZG&H sika hunting column featuring tips & information on hunting methods, areas to hunt, huts & campsites to check out, weather and terrain.

The idea behind this column is to provide, to the best of my ability, useful, relevant and current information to assist hunters, when hunting sika.

Over the course of the series I hope to help hunters increase their success rate, find a new hunting area or simply add to their existing sika knowledge base. Each issue will feature “on the ground, in the field and, as-it-happened” trip reports on differing areas of both the Kaimanawas and Kawekas. We’ll be heading into new spots and revisiting some old ones. Provide first hand ‘intel’ on what the deer are doing in these areas in relation to the seasons and terrain.

I don’t claim to be anywhere near an expert on sika or sika hunting, this column is simply a by-product from a lifetime of hunting and a profound passion and respect for a truly special species of deer. It’s fair to say that what I may lack in the skill department I try to make up with enthusiasm!

Each hunt will be added to the NZG&H site providing a database for hunters to refer to.


Sika Hunting Tips & Info: Series One

Southern Kaimanawas: Southern Corridor Access, Desert Rd, 5-8 & 26-29 November 2014


Northern Kaimanawas: Ruatea Stream, Jap Creek Headwaters, 6-9 February 2015


Kaweka Ranges: Middle Hill, Ballard & Makino Huts, 22-25 April 2015


Southern Kaimanawas: Waipakihi River, 5-8 June 2015


Kaimanawa & Kaweka Ranges: Oamaru, Tussock and Boyd Hut Traverse, 22 – 25 July 2015


Kaweka Ranges: Te Pukeohikarua, Harkness & Tussock Huts, 6 – 29 September 2015


Sika Hunting Tips & Info: Series Two

Kaweka Ranges: Back Ridge, 4 – 7 November 2016


Kaweka Ranges: Kiwi Saddle, 27 – 30 January 2017


Kaimanawa Ranges: Thunderbolt Stream, 31 March – 2 April 2017


Kaimanawa Ranges: Tiki Tiki Stream, 19th May – 22nd May 2017


Kaweka Ranges: Manson Country, 28th Jul – 31st Jul 2017


Kaweka Ranges: Omarukokere Tops, Mangaturutu & Venison Tops, 11th Sep – 14th Sep 2017


Sika Hunting Articles:

Sika Roar 2013


Swarovski ATX 25-60x85 in sika country


Sika in the Kaipo


Nik's first deer – a public land, Southern Kaimanawa, 8pt sika stag –
hooked for life!
A lifetime of sika...
"I first began hunting sika with my ol' man when I was 11 years old and have continued to do so for over 30 years.

Throughout this time I have chased these wily deer throughout the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Ranges, from Clements Rd to Cameron Hut."

Sika areas hunted & visited:
Oamaru Valley
Upper & Lower Kaipo Valley
Tiki Tiki Stream
Otorehinaiti Stream
Ruatea (Jap Creek) Stream
Clements Mill Rd
Big Ben
East Creek
Lower Ripia
Desert Rd/The Needles
Waipakihi River
Thunderbolt Stream
Otamateanui/Makomiko Stream Junction
Mangatainoka/Mangatainoka Heads
Te Pukeohikarua Hut
Harkness Hut
Ngaawapurua Hut
Boyd Hut
Tussock Hut
Middle Hill Hut
Ballard Hut
Makino Hut
Te Ruatakaikare Tops
Makahu Saddle Hut
Dominie Bivvy
Back Ridge Hut & Bivvy
Studhome Saddle Hut & Bivvy
Kiwi Saddle Hut
Kiwi Mouth Hut
Cameron Hut
Castle Camp
Gorge Tops
Tin Kettle Spur
Otutu Hut
Manson Hut
Rocks Ahead Hut & Bivvy
Mangaturutu Hut
Venison Tops (Tira Lodge)
Omarukokere Tops Campsite


Now that the first Sika Hunting Tips & Info series has been completed, what better way to wrap it up than to collate it all together and create a booklet for hunters to refer to.

The guide is available as a PDF download – simply click on the cover below to view in your browser or, save to your device for offline viewing.



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