Kiwi Safaris NZ - Our Team Photo

The Kiwi Team

We are privileged to have some of the most diverse and experienced people within the hunting industry as part of the Kiwi Safaris team here in New Zealand.  With the family atmosphere that embraces the team it is not surprising that everyone has been together for years. Steve for the most part is in the office keeping the lines of communication open, corresponding, marketing and keeping the paperwork in meticulous order, although often out at the lodge and sometimes helping with field work.  Colin keeps the team together on the ground and still personally does a large portion of the guiding. Colin also assists with the marketing, attending hunting shows worldwide and communicating with hunters, Colin speaks fluent Spanish. Our team of dedicated guides has been especially chosen and are all seasoned and experienced mountain guides. 

Meet the Team:

Kiwi Safaris - Colin Rayner


Colin Rayner

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From a military background, Colin has spent virtually his entire life in the field. In the business for more than 20 years, he has guided and hunted extensively around the world, including Africa, Europe and all over North and South America as well as the South Pacific. Colin is 110% committed to client satisfaction and will oversee all aspects of your hunting experience with us. His favourite New Zealand animal to hunt is the tahr, while his global choice is a toss up between Spanish ibex and Sonoran desert mule deer.



Steve Brown

 Steve Brown

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Steve is born and bred in the South Island of New Zealand and has extensive knowledge of the area. He started his  hunting career in the rugged mountains of Fiordland and likes nothing better than being out on the alpine tops glassing for game. As well as guiding for over twenty seasons in New Zealand, Steve has also worked seven years as a gamekeeper in the Perthshire Highlands of Scotland, the native home of the red stag.
Steve is very approachable and will help you plan your hunt to New Zealand with Kiwi Safaris. 

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James Mitchell


"Mitch" has been hunting and fishing his whole life with close to 20 years of professional guiding. There are not too many situations which Mitch has not experienced, a stickler for detail, wealth of  knowledge, great sense of humor, enthusiastic and passionate drive to get his hunters great trophies but at the same time laid back, patient and fun to be around make Mitch very unique and a valuable senior member of the team.



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John Leath


John has the outdoors in his blood. He is an accomplished mountaineer, a competitive kayaker and a keen hunter. The mountains are his passion. John is always up for a challenge, he is in great shape and not scared of hard work.  When you're around John you just know that you are in good hands and feel comfortable and confident to give him the reins.  But when the day is over and you are back at the lodge John is casual, relaxed and laughs easily.  A true professional and a perfect gentlemen.



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Jamie Payne


Jamie is born and bred in South Otago. Brought up around hunting and has been mad keen on being out in the mountains his whole life, with Tahr being his favourite species to hunt, where he feels most at home. Jamie's guiding experiance includes 2 seasons guiding on horseback in the Northern Rockies. Jamie's quiet enthusiasim ensures that you will have an excellent and sucessful hunting experiance.




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James Lewis


 James is the newest members of the team having  joined Kiwi in March 2017 . He is Canterbury born and bred and spends every spare moment pursuing his passion for hunting in the Southern Alps. He particularly enjoys hunting big Red stags, rutting Bull Tahr and the ever elusive Chamois Buck!




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Denise Pawsey

Lodge staff - Stew Point Lodge

The cheerful, hard working woman that you will find in the lodge each day is Denise. Meal times are a real treat, the only complaint ever heard is that our guests have put on weight during their stay. With years of catering experience from small groups to large dinner functions Denise has the knowledge and ability to deal with all  groups and their dietary requirements. Although all the background work of supplies, cooking and cleaning is often not noticed Denise is certainly a key pin in the team effort during your hunt.



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Christine Tiffen

Lodge staff - Sherwood Lodge

For the last seven seasons, Christine has looked after our guests and Sherwood Lodge near our Dry Creek hunting area. Christines experience is invaluable to us and having worked for many years in the outdoors herself she knows exactly what is required with delicious home cooked meals and a warm comfortable room at the end of the day. Christine really enjoyes meeting the lodge guests and her characteristic easy going Kiwi style will make your stay at Sherwood one you will always remember.






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