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Big River Safaris offers professionally guided hunting and fishing services throughout the South Island of New Zealand. Our network of guides provide a vast resource of hunting experience amongst New Zealand's challenging terrain for trophy Red Stag, Bull Tahr, Chamois, Fallow buck and more. 

With an intimate knowledge of local hunting and fishing, we can offer a tailored package to meet your needs and travel itinerary, all the while providing you with the greatest chance of bagging a trophy. 

Our principle guides are Ross Dungey (Balclutha), Rex Sandford (Wanaka) and Dan Curley (Queenstown), who all share the addictive passion for hunting and fishing throughout the spectacular back country of New Zealand.  

Ross has spent over thirty years in the field of fish and wildlife management. He is also a fly tying and fly casting tutor. His truly professional approach to all aspects of hunting and fishing is testament to his great respect for New Zealand's natural environment. While Ross is an extremely accomplished hunter who has taken big game trophies in many locations around the world, there wouldn’t be many days that Ross wouldn't be tempted to cast a fly over his local waters, being the mighty Clutha River, of which he has a particularly intimate knowledge of. 

A passionate outdoorsman, Rex has over  thirty years experience of hunting and fishing throughout New Zealand. Being based in Wanaka, Rex has a local reputation amongst those who know him as a man who can be relied on. Needless to say, his good company and reliability has transferred to all aspects of his guiding skills, making Rex responsible for securing many a happy hunter with his or her trophy and experience of a lifetime. 

Although Dan grew up hunting the heavy bush clad hills of New Zealand’s North Island, having the Southern Alps as his back yard over the last 11 years has allowed Dan to become highly familiar with the location, routine and habits of New Zealand’s trophy big game animal resource. Whether it be climbing through rugged terrain to recover a trophy Bull Tahr or tutoring someone on how to present the most delicate of cast to the fussiest of trout, Dan’s skills form an integral part of the Big River team. 

We all look forward to meeting you soon!


Ross Dungey

Rex Sandford

Dan Curley