We always welcome feedback from our clients, as this helps improve our operation and customer satisfaction. Listed below is a selection of statements from past visitors.
I have had the great blessing of being able to hunt the world and I have never had a better experience than I had with Back Country New Zealand. Every facet of the experience was top notch. We harvested world class animals and were guided by professional hunters who showed patience and worked extremely hard.
The food was a nightly culinary experience and I appreciated the great conversation that accompanied dinner.
Some members of our party were first time hunters and required extra efforts to find success and I admired the efforts that were put forward on their behalf. It is proof that you do not have to be a highly skilled hunter or marksman to ultimately find success.
My wife participated as an observer and I especially appreciated the attention that was paid to her. She enjoyed touring the city, jet boating, helicopter sight seeing, etc.
Accommodations were brilliant and I also appreciated daily flexible scheduling. All in all, it was an amazing, once in a lifetime event. A big thanks to Nigel, Simon, the guides and outfitters who worked tirelessly to make a dream come true.
'... I fished with a number of excellent guides while in New Zealand, but none better than Nigel...' George Mizner. M.D, Colorado,
|the entire team are great. My expectations were exceeded in all areas!!!! These guys are friendly & professional… Backcountry New Zealand; why would I hunt with anyone else!!! - John Koster - Tahoe, CA,|
'... this is simply a short note to thank you for your thoughtful and enthusiastic support during our trip to New Zealand, which made our visit to the northern part of the island such a success. You did a terrific job, and were both patient and creative, insuring that we had an entertaining and challenging stay, which is exactly what we wanted. I will never forget our underground hike through the cave and stream, which none of my friends or family can believe...' Peter V. Darrow , New York,
|.... We can't wait to share our stories with everyone at home. New Zealand is so laid back and the people are really great. It was a once in a lifetime, and truly amazing experience. Great staff, absolutely gorgeous country and the animals were AMAZING. We especially loved listening to the Red stags and Fallow bucks during their rut. Thanks so much for the perfect New Zealand experience! - Brad & Elene Hess - Nth Ogden, UT,|
|'... I cannot say enough good things about Nigel. He was in good humour despite the conditions. He provided 1st class gear! His fishing knowledge & local knowledge is excellent, as well as NZ history & geology/ecology... In short he worked his arse off, his patience and sense of humour made for a really nice day under less than ideal conditions!' Don Bell,|
|...Truly outstanding in all areas, and as an Alaskan hunting guide I know what is good! Backcountry NZ was a blast and my Tahr will be fondly remembered! Please feel free to use me as a reference for anyone!! - Wade Hanks - UT,|
|'... We had such a good holiday in New Zealand and have been telling everyone to go... We all enjoyed your company and help, and it all ran so smoothly; we have many many happy memories of the trip, helped by your photographs. We haven't used a guide before, as you know, but one could get used to this standard of hassle free holiday!' Romayne & John,|
|... I have told my friends and the hunters who come to my place, what a wonderful time I had visiting your country. As an amateur biologist, I found the indigenous flora and fauna of NZ new and fascinating… I had a fabulous time in NZ and all of the time there was important to me... but the time I had learning from you on my red stag hunt, was the icing on the cake! As we drove the trails and glassed the hills you taught me not just about red stag hunting but about the love you have for your job and the pride you take in making it a life time experience for the hunter. I shall never forget how after spotting the stag, you explained that we should move, to be two hills away before taking our final hike. We ended our hike expertly out of sight and wind from our quarry and in position for the perfect shot, waiting for the handsome stag to reveled himself. I thought he would never show, but you were right and he did. Thank you Stu, you gave me the dream of a lifetime. Stu, I wish you the best for the upcoming hunting season. Regards - Merrill Carrigan - Rushville, IN,|
|'... Nigel - very knowledgable and expert in spotting fish... He was also very personable and patient, and offered advise in a pleasant, no pressure manner! Blake and I enjoyed relaxed fishing and looked forward to each day...' Alan Katchur,|
|...Backcountry New Zealand guides were very helpful & capable of assessing my capabilities. They challenged me but NOT in an unsafe manner. These guides listened and were open to what I wanted to do, while at the same time offering sound advice. The overall experience was like hunting with friends than with a guiding service… Excellent! - Aaron LaBumbard - Ferndale|
|'... I have fished with a fair number of guides in and out of the states. Nigel Birt is the best guide I have had the pleasure to fish with. Excellent in all aspects of the guiding experience. Also provided a CD of the pictures of the fish we caught!...' Robert J. Slezak,|
'Phil, I can't thank you enough for the time you spent driving me from place to place, listening to my music a few seconds at a time and for making a potentially uncomfortable experience anything but....you were incredibly kind and generous in spirit... Lovely people and truly unforgettable!' Britten Jacobs,
|'... without doubt the best guide I have ever had. I don't recall seeing a single other fisherman in the 4 days we were out. You had warned me not to expect a lot of fish and you were right. The rivers all looked to me like they should hold more than they do. Still I caught 7 or 8 trout, Browns and Rainbows and missed at least that many others cause I was slow on the hookset or blew the cast. It was overcast 3 of the 4 days and our guide was still seeing the fish well. Even when he pointed them out I did not always see them. My fish ran from 2 lbs., to 8 lbs., with most being in the 3 lb., range. The 8 llb. Brown measured 27 inches, photo attached. Thank you for a great trip.' Kim Pattee,|
|...Keep up the good work. Your hospitality was very appreciated and the neat property and work ethic of New Zealander’s is Admirable. Thanks for a memorable experience for myself and my nephew... - Demar Guymon - Cleveland, UT,|
|A great group of guys, very hard working and a lot of knowledge of the area and animals. Overall a great outfit and great team! - Nick Boren - UT … It was a great hunt and my guide worked his butt off and kicked ass! - Chase Parry - UT,|
Nigel, thanks for a great time in NZ. Make sure lindsay knows that he was a awsome guide for us. I would love to be a refrence for Backcountry. Hope all is going well. Here are a few pics I took. Cheers - Mark Stephenson - UT,