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New Zealand Red Stag Hunting

& Trout Fishing Outfitters


A hunting or

Fly-fishing experience in 

New Zealand doesn't get more personalized than this!

Take a journey on what it feels like to be a part of a very personalised & professional New Zealand hunting or fly-fishing experience with us.

- Nigel & Myriam Birt -

Backcountry New Zealand Outfitting

Welcome to Backcountry New Zealand

Hunting & Fly Fishing Outfitters Since 1988


A hunting or fly fishing trip in New Zealand is a journey that is on most outdoor peoples must do list... and all of those that have experienced a big game hunt or fly fishing trip with Backcountry New Zealand over the past 25 years say that it is by far the experience of a lifetime. Nigel & Myriam haven't had a single complaint!


Backcountry New Zealand hunting and fishing guides are a family business, owner operated by Nigel & Myriam Birt. They are internationally renowned for their knowledge, experience and friendliness when providing visitors with that memorable hunt or fishing excursion. These three attributes are the most important elements for anyone considering New Zealand as a holiday destination and looking for an outfitter. New Zealand is a sought after, fun and safe travel destination and the fun to be had in this stunningly beautiful country comes in many forms. Such as watching a large brown trout slurp your dry fly from a crystal clear stream, or stalking a roaring Red Stag through the autumn mist waiting for your chance to inspect the animal further...  Wine around a roaring fire whilst sharing the stories of the day with your guides and partners! But the fun doesn't stop there....  imagine sharing the 'Kiwi trip' stories and pictures with your friends upon your return home, or your grandchildren in the future asking a thousand questions about the time you went to New Zealand. A trip with Nigel & Myriam will be more than a fun trip, it will be a lifetime of fun memories!


Please explore the information on this site as it is designed to provide you with honest information on New Zealand hunts and fly fishing, as well as detailing some fantastic hunting & fly-fishing packages and options. Then just enquire about the needs of your trip and the Birts will create that lifelong experience, while making the planning process easy and friendly. New Zealand travel has been in your dreams for years, and now's the time for you to make it happen... Before anything else in life gets in the way!

Fly Fishing Trips

Hunting Trips

Experience being professionally guided on the crystal clear waterways of New Zealand... renown for sighted trout angling and known as the pinnacle of fly fishing excitement. History speaks for itself! With thirty years of guiding experience, Backcountry New Zealand guide Nigel Birt is well respected globally. He will teach you the unique style and techniques to be successful in these challenging but highly rewarding fisheries. Guides match your skill to the fishing and weather conditions on the day. With a mix of Rainbow and Brown trout throughout the thousands of rivers in the South Island, no two days will be the same... ... continue your journey here.

Your hunt week starts greeted by Myriam and Nigel personally at the airport, they make it effortless, relaxing and instantly friendly. Within a few hours, you are glassing terrain, having some laughs and bursting with the excitement for the Southern Alps hunting adventure that materializes in front of you. The landscapes blow your mind, the air is so clear and crisp, then you hear it for the first time… the unbelievable rutting roar of the Red Stag. Looking at each other with uncontainable smiles and that wide-eyed excitement, satisfaction takes hold. You’re stalking Red Stag in Middle Earth... 

... continue your journey here.


“Nigel & Myriam. Howdy.  Bart and I are still telling stories of the days in the canyons. Great fishing! We had an amazing time!  You were such a gracious host.

This is even more appreciated given the loss of your dear friend and the professionalism you continued with. Worth every penny.

You will see us again, mate. Terry”

Terry & Bart McGuire, Boston

more fishing testimonials...

“What a truly awesome experience. I truly enjoyed my stay and getting to know your family. What a great time hunting and even a day skiing. A gorgeous cottage and surroundings. Thanks for including me in your family dinners. You have great kids with a great future due to some awesome parents. It was, and will be life changing! Marsha and I will be back and continue our friendship with your family. Thanks again for a life changing experience!”

Scott Wall, Salt Lake City

Red stag trophy hunting in New Zealand

your Guides

As professional guides in the industry since the late 80's, Nigel & Myriam absolutely love what they do! To them, that is passing on the holiday of a lifetime to guests that often become new friends.


The Birt's and their guide team are members of the official New Zealand Professional Fishing & Hunting Guides associations (N.Z.P.F.G.A. & N.Z.P.H.G.A.), and Nigel has also served as an association executive board member.


Backcountry New Zealand Hunting and Fishing Guides belong to the National Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIANZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ). They operate under industry standard and audited Health & Safety systems, holding appropriate Department of Conservation (DOC) concessions along with insurances. Quality equipment is important to them for your experience.

What to Pack

In order to maximise your New Zealand hunting trip or fly-fishing experience, Nigel & Myriam ensure that you either bring with you the appropriate clothing & equipment, or they provide it as part of your tour.


Weather in New Zealand is ever changing and is a key element in planning a hunting trip or fly-fishing day. All Backcountry New Zealand guides consistently use a layering clothing system to manage the temperature changes. Learn more about this system by following the links below, as well as finding the appropriate gear lists for your trip.

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