getting there international visitors will arrive at auckland international airport. we are four hours drive south of auckland international airport or an hour west of the taupo domestic airport. transport for international clients is included in any package from either auckland international airport or the taupo domestic terminal. our packages include pick up from auckland international airport and return to either auckland or christchurch international airports, which eliminates the added cost and inconvenience of domestic flights and transfers and will ensure more time in the field for you. weather new zealand has a sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons throughout the year, and the seasons are opposite to those experienced to those of the northern hemisphere. temperatures in the summer are in the low 30 degrees celsius (41 degrees f ) (january/february) to minus 3 degrees celsius (15 f) with snow in the winter months (june/july). the block is situated close to the alpine area comprising the mountains – ruapehu, ngaruahoe and tongariro, which are all active volcanoes. during the hunting season, march - august, it is possible that light snow may be experienced. clothing & footwear warm winter and light waterproof clothing coupled with light waterproof leather walking boots are recommended. specific clothing requirements can be discussed at the time of booking. excellent new zealand-made outdoor clothing is readily available at local outlets around our base. trophy preparation and shipping packages include the field preparation of trophies. the cost of preparation and documentation for export and subsequent shipping is variable and is dependant on the trophy and its form and as such this cost is not included in the package. we can provide the likely costs for the above. excellent resident taxidermists are available in nearby taupo should you wish to have your trophy mounted in new zealand prior to shipping. firearms understandably most clients prefer to use their own firearms. we are however able to provide a range of firearms for client use. any.30 calibre rifle will be suitable, expect shooting distances from 50 to 300 metres. new zealand has strict laws governing the use of firearms. it is possible however for international clients to bring firearms with you. a temporary visitors firearms license (cost nz $25) and permit to import must be obtained from the new zealand police at point of entry. we are able to assist with the application. other activities aotearoa safaris is located in the centre of new zealand’s north island and is within easy travelling distance to some of this country’s renowned tourist and adventure destinations. you will not be lacking in options should any spare time be available. these options include, thermal pools, bungy jumping (for the crazy at heart), sky diving (just why would you jump out of a perfectly good plane) jet boating (good fun), lake cruising, snow skiing and some retail therapy for those unlucky enough to be left at home. insurance please ensure that you implement your own current medical and travel insurance.