Our private lodge can…
At the Lodge, you can enjoy the hospitality and experience New Zealand in style. Feel free to wander around the garden, take a splash in the jacuzzi, have a BBQ with the day's hunt. The stone walled lodge was built in 2002 from locally sourced materials and is well situated to capture the views and take in the beautiful surrounds.
Growing up in South Africa I was exposed to a variety of wild and exotic foods. A passion for cooking developed whilst holidaying on the south coast. Dad would catch the fish and I would cook it.
I went on to study catering management and undertook an apprenticeship at the Durban Hilton hotel. I learnt more about food and was fascinated by products like ostrich and crocodile.
Moving to New Zealand in 2005 I continued to work in kitchens. A head chef in Arrowtown and then in Wanaka. In 2007 I won the Monteiths wild food competition with a trio of curries; including thar, eel and wallaby.
Now living in Lake Hawea I have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and all its fantastic trails and tracks. I continue to enjoy cooking seasonal fresh produce, complimenting locally hunted meats and New Zealand grown vegetables.
I've been waiting for 30 years for a trophy like this... what an amazing week hunting! We flew in to Queenstown and the scenery was to die for! To be greeted at the airport with open arms by Simon and his team David and Richard from Cardrona Outfitters was an amazing start. We then climbed in the truck and headed off, heading over the Crown Range to the Cardrona Valley was like flying in the mountains all over again! After settling in at the lodge it felt like a home away from home. That evening we started to hunt fallow deer in the hills of the Cardrona Valley, this included a lot of glassing but it was all worth it to harvest this beautiful buck just before dark. It was then back to Simon's lodge to be fed like a king!
Day two... I hunted my number one trophy - a bull elk! We found an amazing bull just on dark but it was too risky to take the shot.
Day three… Our plan came together and I took this amazing bull elk! 410 inches of antler - it was worth waiting for! Not only do I have some amazing trophies but I had the hunt and holiday of a life time! I also have some new friends - I'll be returning next season to hunt with Simon and Richard and the team at Cardrona Outfitters!