Bay of Rest
Te Tai Pounamu
Tracking the numerous animals that roam Te Awaroa’s stunningly diverse environments is a favorite among hunters. For some, it’s the rush of stalking a prized Sika Deer in the beech forest that draws them here, while others come in hopes of catching a rare glimpse of the Feral Pigs, Feral Goats, and Chamois. And for those looking for a more relaxed experience, there’s plenty of Red Deer, Merriam's Turkey, European Rabbits and Fallow Deer to hunt.
It’s of no surprise that Te Awaroa has been used to depict fairytale landscapes, as it's ever-changing ecosystems are truly a sight to behold. From the steep, impressive mountains that divide the reserve, to the sparkling beaches and dense temperate forests, the region transforms under your very feet. There are also more familiar hunting grounds available, such as spruce and pine forests.
Missions & Measures
- Main article: Te Awaroa National Park Missions
Stretching across a vast 25 square miles (64 square kilometers), Te Awaroa National Park has always been a place to get away from it all, both for the first Polynesian settlers and the hardy men who made their names hunting deer from helicopters. Times are tough though, and when warden Kiri Taylor reluctantly agrees to allow a series of Hollywood films to be made in the reserve, it goes from sleepy backwater to daytripper hotspot almost overnight.
Now, with the reserve's delicate ecology threatened, Kiri has had enough. With you at her side, she’s going to show the world that New Zealand isn’t all just haka and halflings. Across 16 new story missions, you’ll deal with local menaces, patch things up between old friends, and discover the truth behind a long-forgotten legend.
Transcript: Maybe you think you know this place? You've seen it on the big screen, wondered at our various landscapes. You've watched rustic scenes of village life, epic battles under great stone monuments. But the REAL New Zealand is beyond your wildest imagination.
I've never wanted for anything outside this slumbering paradise, where the long river meets the coast at the foot of the Southern Alps. The heavy days of the venison wars are long gone, but with our unique biodiversity under threat, we need hunters like you more than ever. Experience a place where quick footed shammy play atop alpine ridges so high, you can almost touch the sky, Feral Goats with sweeping horns make themselves at home on steep crags while further down, fields teem with Feral Pigs and mischievous rabbits, and on the west coast, wet and wild beech forests throng with all types of deer strutting through the thicket, from the big to the, well... bigger. But our top drawer is a little more elusive; the wily Sika Deer will make you work for it.
So come on, what stories will you tell at Te Awaroa National Park?
- Many parts within the Te Awaroa National Park have dense forests and thick fog which creates an atmosphere that is not popular among certain players of the game.