we will meet you at queenstown airport when you arrive and drive you back to argyle station, or if you are staying in a hotel we will arrange for you to be picked up from the hotel. you need to ensure you have passed arrival and pick up details have been passed on before your arrival. we can arrange a helicopter to bring you to the lodge, but there is an additional charge for this. the drive time to the lodge can vary depending on the direction taken. it is however a pleasant trip with beautiful scenery - a great introduction to our countryside.guests should be aware that often in autumn we have quite dense fog and occasionally some of the airports throughout new zealand can be closed for part or all of the day. we ask clients who are delayed by fog or weather to email us from the airport you are in, to let us know. if we are at the airport to pick you up and you are delayed we will check our email to find out what is happening. we will meet you at the airport and drive you back to argyle station. we can arrange a helicopter to bring you to the lodge, but there is an additional charge for this. depending on which airport you land in (queenstown, dunedin or invercargill) the drive time can vary. it is however a pleasant trip with beautiful scenery - a great introduction to our countryside.transport within the area is by polaris atv or double cab utility trucks, then walking. there is an extensive network of internal roading and tracking which makes travel and recovery of animals a breeze. in addition, we can access one of the station’s helicopters if and when needed. if you or your non-hunting partner have activities booked that require transport away from the property we can accommodate you in these circumstances also. non hunters are very welcome and hunters are encouraged to bring their non hunting partners. we know that for maximum enjoyment for the hunter, the thought of sharing the experience with a loved one is the ultimate thrill. we have found that many non hunters enjoy going into the field with the hunters and many prefer to go touring each day while their partner hunts. either option can be arranged, as well as a mixture of both. all touring is personally guided by judy, who has a great knowledge of the area and enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients, additional days for sightseeing and or touring can be added though we suggest this can be stipulated at the time of booking. argyle station is a natural beauty and there is much to take in. non-hunters are welcome to be in the field with the hunter when hunting the lowland animals. we do not encourage non-hunters in the mountains unless there are special circumstances which would we discussed prior to each mountain hunt. we have a policy of safety first and second for all our guests.it is our suggestion that non-hunters pursue websites listed below and see the wide array of activities and sights available. the list of websites is not complete. there are many more you will find in your search. if you need help to make decisions, we can also recommend places to visit, and work with you on your arrival so as to maximise the touring time to meet your requirements and match with the time you have to make your dream a reality. any special requests you may have, we will do our utmost to ensure you are accommodated. we can recommend places to visit to ensure the non-hunter enjoys their time in new zealand. going on daily excursions, being pampered and guided to view wonderful sights, scenes and activities before returning to the lodge at the day's end to share the ambience and hunting stories as you relate your own adventures, adds a new dimension to your new zealand experience. non-hunter payments:non hunter payments for lodging and touring can be paid at the end of the hunt before leaving camp. the choices are endless. we will work with you to maximise your time and enjoyment in the creation of memories. some suggestions: * a tour of fiordland could take 1-2 days dependant on timing allowances. it includes visits to lake manapouri, lake te anau, lower hollyford, mirror lake and milford sound. trip onto the fiord and visit the underwater observatory. deep cove and the underground power plant are also keen points of interest.* catch the ferry or fly to stewart island and do a walking or bus tour of the island’s populated area. there are fantastic bush walks or visit the native gardens with abundant bird life. dolphins and penguins are often spotted here.* a drive around catlin’s coast allows you to see the spectacular beaches, light-houses and other points if interest as well as visiting some unique craft shops.* go from one of nz's oldest fishing ports to a now prime holiday destination at riverton. through some of the more rugged coastal areas of nz to tuatapere, a milling town near the coast on to coalmining areas and rolling sheep country.* visiting central otago with its semi arid, desert climate - the fruit bowl of the south and its newly developed wineries.* queenstown/glenorchy/arrowtown - you'll be spoiled for choice in scenery and activities.* dunedin the edinburgh of the south a university city – see albatross, penguins and sea life and visit larnach’s castle, a marae, visit museums example of places often toured :1. visit the southern tip of the south island and the southern most city to see tuatara and vintage automobiles2. day tour to wine tour to central otago and visit numerous wineries and orchards. 3. visit to te anau to see rare birds and then on to milford sound.4. to the seaside and see the southern tip of new zealand and see our most sothern city.5. queenstown and take part in some of the tourist events that occur there. (this tour could be done three or more times and still not take part in all activities available.6. visit the third of new zealand’s main island- stewart island a forgotten paradise7. otago peninsula and see nesting albatross and penguins. 8. ride a vintage train on a tour up a canyon which gold miners used during the gold rush.9. the list goes on with many more activities available, many of which are on our web site.10. visit doubtful sound and stay the night out on the sounds.11. visit an underground power station which has its tailrace tunnel that goes through the mountains.12. visit the moraki boulders.
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