Wilderness in New Zealand is becoming increasingly rare. In an age when you can be almost anywhere in the bush by helicopter in a matter of minutes (rather than days on foot) finding a true wilderness experience is something of a challenge, and when you get there the presence of barley sugar wrappers would indicate someone else has been there before you. If you eschew the helicopter and walk to your intended hunting area the remoteness and isolation become more tangible and more of a true wilderness experience. "This is real deer country, right from the start of the bush edge. The walk is soft, the direction is constant, and you are just looking and tuning in to being in the bush and carrying a rifle. The roar is here, and anything can happen."
James Passmore explores some of New Zealand's greatest wildernesses with expeditions into the Southern Alps for Tahr, South Westland for trophy stags and deepest Fiordland searching for the lost Moose. The New Zealand Wilderness Hunter contains some of James Passmore's finest deer hunting stories as well as descriptions of solo wilderness adventures and the philosophy of a passionate hunter.