PHOTO: SUPPLIED Helicopters have been a regular sight at the lodge.
New Zealand’s alpine country stations are sometimes better known overseas than they are at home – 3916 Manuka Point Station in Rakaia could well be one of these.
The station, which has been listed for sale, is known around the world as a professional hunting paradise. But it’s appeal goes way beyond that – it’s an ideal base to explore the scenery that makes this country such a sought-after movie location.
Owner Don Patterson says he first set foot on the land in 1983, as a young hunter. And with each subsequent hunting trip, his desire grew to own Manuka Point and establish a world-class, guided trophy hunting operation.
But Manuka Point was not for sale back then, so Patterson displayed a typical hunter’s patience and waited. Eventually, he persuaded the owners of the property to sell him a tract of approximately 10,117ha populated with red stag, fallow deer, chamois and tahr.
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