Fairmead Hunting Lodge
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Here are some testimonials from people who have visited Fairmead Hunting Lodge. If you would like to send us yours for us to publish here, please email it to us, we'd love to hear from you.
"I booked a trip to Fairmead to bring my sons for their first hunt.
Arrived and greeted by Richard and Barb. We have had a BLODDY GREAT TIME!! We had great food from the time we arrived, great company, an awesome guide. James our guide was very patient with the kids. Heaps of deer around, shot two meat bucks.
Couldn't have asked for a better time, will be back in the roar to shoot a trophy.
Thanks Richard, Barb and James for a great weekend.
PS: Love the hut!"
Taurus, Moses, Taurus Jnr. and Tauriri, Hawkes Bay
"This was my first time hunting ever. I found Richard & James to be very knowledgeable and very professional, I will definitely be coming back. As they say in Afrikaans - 'Dit was baie Lekker' - It was very, very nice.
Thank you Richard and James, you guys were amazing."
Willem, Golflands Auckland
"First time hunting in NZ. Richard & James were fantastic hosts, the hunting was phenomenal - will definitely be back."
"The proper hunting weekend with plenty of deer to hunt and a never ending supply of food and advice from Richard & James. We had an absolutely unforgettable weekend.
Thanks Richard I will see you again."
"I can't thank you enough for your hospitality during our recent stay. The wealth of knowledge you and James shared with us three amateur, but keen hunters was invaluable and has started what may be a lifelong interest in hunting. Your property was spectacular, and the lodge had every comfort of home. I can't wait to get our venison back from the butchers to share with my friends and family.
The lads are keen to get back again next year so I'm sure you have not seen the last of us. Thanks again."
Rhys, Steve and Grant, March 2021
"Thanks Richard and Barbara for another amazing weekend (lots of laughs and story's) and to James for saving the biggest deer for me See ya next year!"
Andrew and Lana Dodds, Stratford, November 2020
"Thank you so much for an amazing weekend, the kids were just fizzing the whole time, they didn’t stop talking about it all the way home, one of the best times of their lives and ours seeing them have so much fun, thanks to you and Barb for your wonderful hospitality, and please pass on our thanks again to James for his help also.
I’m certain the kids will be looking forward to a return trip next year. Thanks again."
Footee, Jaleh and kids, August 2020
"Richard and Barb made me feel right at home with their generous hospitality from the moment I arrived through to the wave goodbye. The whole experience is just incredible from the modern yet authentic style hut with some very cool memorabilia, through to James, the guide, providing expert advice and of course stalking two species in one day.
Coming away with a couple of animals and some pretty cool memories of a little bit of hunting heaven is worth every cent. I am even more impressed with the setup having seen and talked to Richard about the conservation and pest control work he has been putting into the block. I will definitely be coming back again!"
Jonno, May 2020
"Awesome hunting trip. The whole experience was over and above my expectations from hospitality, accommodation to the number and quality of animals seen. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. My next hunt already booked."
Ross Wharfe, March 2020
"Thanks Richard! I had a great weekend hunting at Fairmead. Barbara and yourself are fantastic hosts, James is an excellent guide and I’m looking forward to coming back soon."
Malcolm Murchison, Feb 2020
"Thanks to the team (Richard, Barb and James) at The Fairmead Hunting Experience for a awesome weekend and guided hunt.
Had heaps of laughs with Richard and Barb at meal time and couldn't have asked for better guides in Richard and James.
Andrew and Lana, Dec 2019
"Thank you for helping make some incredible memories for my father, me and my son. I shot my first Fallow on Friday evening and Daniel (11 years) got his 1st and 2nd ever deer on Saturday. The smile on his and his grandfathers face said it all! There is still great debate over who got the biggest!
As my Dad said the experience was everything he hoped and more.
Great experience, company and food. Richard, James and the amazing Barb - thank you!"
Sam, October 2019
"An amazing place to go for meat deer, a trophy or just the experience. Wonderful hospitality, I would have liked to stay longer and look forward to coming back again.
Thank you Richard and Barbara."
Tyler Coe, August 2019
"Thank you to both Richard and James for a great over-nighter helping me through the steps to shoot my first deer (even got to shoot another as a bonus). And also big thanks to Barbara for working the plan through with my wife. The atmosphere of the lodge is just fantastic - really enjoyed the peace and quite, no phones, no electricity etc (plus a couple of cold ones) for a entire 24 hours.
Richard and James could not have been any more helpful, knowledgeable and willing throughout the day.
I thoroughly recommend Fairmead to anyone wanting to try out hunting in a controlled and safe way all while considering animal welfare."
Paul Bond, July 2019
"Many thanks to Richard, Barb and James for taking me on a great hunt! Barb and Rich made my wife, young son and I feel right home, part of the family!
Couldn't ask for a better experience. Great food, great company, great hunts and lots to learn from the combined experience of Rich and James.
We will definitely be back."
Ron Singh, Stratford, July 2019
"This is the 8th trip we have had at Fairmead. We both managed to shoot a nice meat animal each. We will be back same time next year just need to confirm dates. Get treated like one of the family."
Don & Pete, Greytown, March 2019
"Back again this time for a fallow trophy for Dave and a couple of meat deer.
Denise shot her animal on the Friday evening. Next up on the Saturday morning was Dave for his trophy hunt, he shot his deer by 7.45am. A magnificent animal with a beautiful head, a great all round trophy. The last animal down was after lunch. Jono also got a beauty meat deer.
A great weekend all round, great hospitality as always."
Denise & Dave Smyth and Jono Richards, March 2019
"Thanks very much for the great time at Fairmead, from start to finish you made everything easy and you went the extra mile to help us with getting the trophy's sorted. It was awesome that I was able to get my first Deer with yourself and James. You have a great location and even if we were not hunting it would be worth the visit for the hunting hut, food and scenery!
Once again thank you for the amazing hunting experience and I look forward to coming back."
Matt McGrath, January 2019
"I would like to thank you for an amazing weekend. Both Sean (my son) and myself really enjoyed the hunting experience and would like to thank both yourself and James for guiding us and leaving us with memories that will last a lifetime."
Brett and Sean, Pukekohe, October 2018
"Animals arrived home in great condition. Hanging in chiller behaving. Great weekend and was awesome to catch up with you all. Thanks for the photos have had some great feed back from them. You have a great place and a awesome business. Hope to see you again soon."
Hoggle Ridler, Hawkes Bay, Sep 2018
"Thanks again for hosting us last weekend. We all had a great time thanks to Richard, Barbara and James.
Can't wait for our next hunt and a few cold ones at Fairmead."
Dave, Footie, Jono and Tony, Pukekohe, July 2018
“Awesome hospitality, great company, the hut accommodation was a treat, good times all round. Looking forward to coming back next year.”
Phil and Zane Purser, Tapanui, April 2018
“This is 7th time I have been to Fairmead but came on my own as my brother is having treatment. It is always a pleasure to come here and the hospitality is great get treated like one of the family. I went out with James and managed to get 2 deer.
Have already booked for next year with my brother."
Don Brooker, Greytown, March 2018
"3 years on and we are back for another trophy. Got a very nice Ginger buck this time to put on the wall next to our Black Fallow and Arapawa Ram.
We will be back AGAIN with the little one next time to add to our New Zealand collection. This has become our place we dream of when back home working, its just perfect."
Ben & Juliette Masin, Australia, March 2018
"I booked a weekend at Fairmead as a Christmas present for my husband (aka Hogg). Richard was happy for me and our twins to come along so we followed behind as Hogg went ahead with guide James.
What an awesome weekend we had! The hut was amazing and Richard and Barb were fantastic hosts. The hunt was great fun for all of us and Hogg were stoked to get 2 beautiful fallow deer which are now in our freezer.
Great food, great company and great times. We highly recommend Richard and Barb's Fairmead Hunting Experience."
Ridler family, Napier, Feb 2018
“I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed the weekend. You were both very hospitable and I was very comfortable and well fed which Mel was pleased about, but more so that I didn't return home from a hunting trip empty handed again.
The whole weekend experience was brilliant, being out on the hunting block with you, spending time on the range and your help with my shooting, walking the block on the Friday night and of course the hunt the next day and field dressing afterwards. James was a great guide, stalking with him and getting the right deer at the right time was good fun. He was genuinely please for me when he saw the deer go down and made sure I was comfortable throughout.
Please pass on my thanks to him, and to both of you thanks for answering my many questions. The meat is due back next week and can't wait to get it on the plate.”
Andrew, August 2017
“Fairmead hunting with Richard is highly recommended. We had a great time, I learnt more in one day than I have on 5 other trips.
Richard and Barb's hospitality is just awesome and we had a truly enjoyable and unique weekend. The Totara Ridge Hut is a must do.”
Andrew Adam, July 2017
“My son, Jj and I, attended our first hunt together with Richard & James at Fairmead.
I have hunted guided for many years, in different countries, with many different species and this experience rates easily in my top five.
Richard is a true professional and from the moment we arrived, we felt at ease in his company.
From the hospitality of the hunting hut, to stalking, getting us on the deer, to retrieval and dressing, his professionalism was evident.
I cannot recommend Fairmead highly enough whether you are a first timer, father and son or dedicated hunter.”
John Bailie, July 2017
"My wife organised my trip to Fairmead for my 30th birthday. Having been about 10 years since I'd been out for a hunt, Richard, Barb and James all contributed to make it an awesome experience that will be remembered for years to come. A great place to escape the rat race and share good yarns, good food and great hunting!"
Andy, Auckland June 2017
“Wow, what a great weekend. My second hunt with Richard and the excitement grows. We were after one specific animal so it involved a lot of searching until finally he was found. 45 minutes laying in wet long grass waiting for the right opportunity for the shot.
Guide James looked after me by talking down my excitement and ensuring I had the shot when it counted. Back to the hut for a quick coffee and cake then back out to score Glenn’s first deer.
Another long stalk and wait for the right shot. Richard and James showed great ability to get us onto the right animals in the right position.
A great afternoon and evening over a few beers with a nice Red wine to accompany the casserole. We will be back.”
Allan Gordon & Glenn West, March 2017
“My brother and I had a great weekend hunting both shooting a nice buck each for meat.
This is our 6th visit to the property and would recommend the place to any hunter. The hospitality is great and it was good to catch up with Richard, Barbara and James again. We will be back for sure.”
Don & Peter Brooker, March 2017
"We had a great trophy hunt with Richard and the team. The whole weekend was action packed without a dull moment from the minute we arrived.
The hospitality we were shown made for an enjoyable weekend, we were made to feel at home.
We all left with a great trophies, photos and memories of a fantastic hunting experience. Without a doubt a weekends hunt I will never forget . We will be back for more next year."
Jeff Meekings, Tauranga, March 2017