Hi Peter and Wendy, What a great 4 days my nephew Ben Malpas(15yrs) and I have just had at your Waitotora Remote Adventures. The choice to stay out the back at Slab Hut was certainly a good one. The ride in was great with scenery as good as anywhere in NZ. The hut at around 100yrs old had character and was nicely placed on the side of a hill with great views of the valley. This was Bens first fallow hunt and he was very excited to get his couple of fallow and take in all that this great place had to offer. The bird life was aboundant with kingfishers, parrots,and most other native varieties you would expect to see in such a beautiful place. We saw a good number of animals both dark and chestnutt skinned and took some good videos. The stream hosted some of the biggest eels I have ever seen for a while and Ben was lucky enough to have one take a liking to one of his fingers, ive never seen him depart a river so quick. The bush is very healthy and green and , has lots of pungas scattered amoungst it. I would certainly be back to Waitotora very soon and recommend this as one of the best and affordable places to bring a new hunter, young or old, and to experience what it has to offer. Thanks Peter and Wendy for the opportunity .Its people like yourselves with the passion and time, and who go the extra yard to ensure that anyone that uses your adventures is well looked after and safe. Cant wait to return,
I first hunted at Peter Larsen’s Waitotara based Remote Adventures in the spring of 2001, and immediately fell in love with the place.
Since then, I have returned many times, three or four times a year in fact. A group of mates come back time after time as well to catch up, and I have introduced many a young man to hunting on this property.
Why do we keep coming back? The environment, the game, the activities and the hospitality…It’s the total package and the best value spend on the paid hunting circuit.
It is as kiwi as it gets, from the fallow deer, wild pigs, goats, eels and trout (according to Peter!), to the jet boating, horse riding and vintage sawmill, there is something for everyone. The experience is suitable just as much for families as it is for a group of hunters.
Animal numbers are good and trophy potential is improving every year. Success is only limited to ones shooting ability. These days I very rarely shoot the deer, but prefer to hunt pigs with Peter and his dogs and soak up the enjoyment of my latest recruit to hunting.
The scenery is breathtaking - the native bush, the river flats, the bluff systems and contours ensure that the hunting environment is forever changing and game can be encountered anywhere from 20 metres to 400 metres.
Peter is an extremely skilled guide and bushman, and, as are most of his type, a genuinely good bloke. And as my wife keeps telling me, behind every good bloke, there’s a good woman.
To Peter and Wendy, thanks for putting up with us on our numerous fantastic trips over the last eight years, we love your property and we enjoy your company. Long may it continue!
8 November 2009
Myself & two young sons ( now 15yrs & 13yrs ) have been visiting Pete Larsen at Remote Adventures over the past 5 years to mainly hunt pigs. Over this time my boys ( & I ) have learn’t a huge amount re pig hunting, general bush craft, survival skills, animal habitats & pig dog training. We have also successfully hunted deer with Pete along with venturing up the Waitotara River in his Jet boat. For me & the boys the whole jet boat trip was fantastic, from the unique launching operation to the river reflections & then the remote & very spectacular water fall at the end. The Remote Adventure operation is a fantastic way to enjoy a truly unique hunting trip in a very spectacular part of New Zealand.
Our strike rate on the pigs has been 100% ( no pressure aye Pete )
"I have enjoyed several successful days of ‘fair chase’ hunting for Fallow deer, goats and pigs with Remote Adventures. Pete is a fantastic host and tries his utmost to make each hunt a success.The family have also enjoyed their stays at Remote Adventures, with jetboating, kayak expeditions, eel fishing and exploring as highlights"
Our trip to Remote Adventures started with us having an evening meal in Wanganui, then driving for approximately an hour and a quarter to the end of the Waitotara Valley road. This was an easy drive on a mostly sealed road where we sighted a number of wild deer on the road. The home stay was a comfortable fully furnished house which is part of the working Larsen farm located in the quiet picturesque Waitotara Valley.
In the morning we woke to the serenity of the valley with the occasional sounds coming from the sheep and cattle on the other side of the fence around the house. At 8am Peter, our host, walked with us to the Jet boat about 600m fro the home stay and form there we were taken up the Waitotara river as far as the boat was able to go where he dropped us off, (approximately a 30 minute road). We stopped a couple of times where Peter explained some of the history and showed a couple of points of interest. The river was absolutely beautiful and the reflections of the bush in the water made for some excellent photos.
We then walked approximately 20 minutes further up the river to the Trains Hut where we had our morning tea before starting our return journey. The walk out was very scenic and although16km, it was not difficult as it tended to follow the river at a constant height without too much up and down. Near the hut there are a couple of waterfalls which are very scenic and we were treated to seeing the North Island robin up close, wood pigeons, tuis and fantails.
Along the track we encountered many goats and recent signs of pigs. Along with magnificent views of the Waitotara river, there were a number of spectacular sights where we walked around moss covered ravines that had significant drops to the stream below, but the track was safe and easy to follow.
We stayed at the home stay that night and after a bit of a lie in, we set off back home feeling that we had experienced something different and had achieved something we would fondly remember. Our hosts Peter and Wendy were very friendly, hospitable and made the stay memorable and worthwhile.
Ray and Adriana Brown
Just a few lines to show my appreciation for the wonderful time my family had at your farm.
We’ve wanted to get away for a few days for some time, but didn’t know what we wanted to do … the hunt I had with you a few years go, when you helped me secure a 16 point Fallow buck made me think … why don’t we go up to Waitotara ? The plan was formed, a quick email to you to set the dates, all very easy.
You and your family are very relaxed and welcoming, which made us feel right at home. The scenery is beautiful, the hunting very exciting, and the venison very tasty. Helen’s hooked on hunting now, she wants to go out hunting with me whenever I get the time. Charlie and George enjoyed themselves and said the place was cool.
The whole family thought that the jetboat ride was awesome. We were very impressed with how you and Wade had to launch the boat … now I know why it’s called River Rat II … ha ha.
My family were so pleased with the fun we had, we tell all our friends all about it.
Thank you very much for your hospitality. We certainly hope to return in the future. Something to look forward to.
Kind regard to you and your family