About NZ Backcountry Guides

About NZ Backcountry Guides

Guided Fishing and Hunting in New Zealand


Our aim at NZ Backcountry Guides is to provide a top quality Fishing and Hunting Guide service throughout some of the best of New Zealand’s amazing and breathtaking scenery.


We specialise in clear water sight fishing for both brown and rainbow trout and free range fair chase hunting for most of New Zealand’s big game animals.


NZ Backcountry Guides is strategically based in Methven, close to the Canterbury backcountry and the majestic Southern Alps, but operates throughout the greater South Island to provide Guided Fishing, Guided Hunting and Personalised Guiding Adventures amongst the natural beauty and diverse environment that the South Island of New Zealand is so renowned for.


Owner and Senior Guide - Allan Kircher

thumb_aboutus_al_001I have been fishing and hunting throughout the South Island backcountry since the early 70's. I am passionate about clear water sight fishing, free range fair chase hunting, and goose and duck hunting. The alpine backcountry regions of the South Island of NZ have been my playground for most of my life.

When I'm not fishing, I'm hunting, and when I'm not doing either I can usually be found somewhere up in the backcountry working on one of the High Country Stations (ranches) with my friends and colleagues. From a long association of playing and working in the South Island backcountry I have been able to establish many long term relationships with station owners and farm managers that ensures I have a variety of private properties that I am able to access as a Fishing and Hunting Guide.

I am a qualified Mountain Safety Council Outdoor Leader and a member of both the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association. Combine that with over 35 years of experience and knowledge and you can rest assured that your fishing or hunting trip to New Zealand will be a successful and memorable one.

Please browse through the photos and packages we have on offer for Guided Hunting or Guided Fishing Trips here in New Zealand and then contact me so that we can tailor something special to meet your needs.

I look forward to helping you experience some of the amazing scenery on my doorstep and making sure you have a memorable fishing or hunting adventure in the South Island of New Zealand.

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Guide - Sam Caley

Sam CaleyI have been very passionate about hunting and fishing in New Zealand’s Southern Alps since my child hood. Its not really something that I would call a hobby, for me it's something that I have too do in my life - "it's in my blood". Here in New Zealand we have some of the most pristine and unspoilt wilderness in the world and there is not a day goes by without me thinking about how lucky we are to be able to hunt here. Now that I have chosen to become a hunting guide, I would love to share my passion and experience with you and your friends.

Sam CaleyOver the years I have been hunting I have secured many top trophies and have now chosen to help make other people dreams also come true. As well as guiding international hunters in New Zealand and the Yukon, I have hunted in different parts off the world, particularly for alpine trophies. As a guide at NZ Backcountry Guides, I pride myself on knowing the habits and habitats of the game you will hunt, and giving you the best possible opportunity for securing your New Zealand trophy of a lifetime.

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