About Us

A professional New Zealand style hunting experience both for the recreational hunter and the serious hunter after a trophy of a life time

Hard Yards Hunting is small family owned outfit that specialize in ethical free range mountain hunting and pride ourselves on delivering quality hunts of a life time. Hard Yards Hunting is owned and operated by Joseph Peter who took over from his Uncle Bernard Mason in 2013. Joseph runs the business with his wife Mirella and son Johnny based in Twizel, the heart of Tahr country. We differ greatly from the bulk of outfitters and guides in New Zealand in that ONLY hunt free ranging and wild animals.  We focus on the real hunters hunt, no high fences, no pen raised deer, no AATH/”Heli Hunting”, just good honest hunting that provides not only a trophy but a real adventure and an experience of a life time. We are hunters first and fore most, and enjoy sharing our wilderness with you. If you are ready for a real hunt get in touch now and we will help you plan a trip of a lifetime.

Why hunt with us?

  • We specialize in ethical free range mountain hunting and pride ourselves on delivering quality hunts of a life time
  • ALL of our hunts are free range foot hunts
  • We are a small operation, every hunt has our full focus and energy
  • We are flexible and will personalize a trip to your needs
  • We have concessions to hunt both the East and West Coast of the South Island, which means we can hunt regardless of the weather
  • We have access to private and public land so can tailor a package for you
  • Our package prices are all inclusive, no surprises!
  • We are a member of the NZPHGA

Our ethics

To us the hunting experience is just as important as the trophy and we aim to fulfill every client’s expectations regarding both.

We believe that the game animals of New Zealand deserve respect and should not be hunted behind wire, from a helicopter or in unfair conditions for the animal.

We work hard to ensure as much of the usable meat possible is used for our hunters and families or donated to those who need it.

Meet The Team

Joseph Peter


I grew up on a my parents sheep and beef farm in Marlborough and began hunting at an early age. My brothers and I hunted Red deer,Goats and pigs throughout the Marlborough high country until in 2008 I went on my first Tahr hunt with my uncle Bernie. I soon found my true passion, hunting the Southern Alps for Tahr and Chamois. I assisted Bernard with his guiding from 2008 and then in  2013 he gave me the opportunity to take over the business. During 2014 and 2015 I worked as a glacier guide on Fox glacier on the west coast and traveled to BC Canada to work as an wrangler/assistant guide. During this time I gained a huge amount of knowledge and skills that have helped me shape ‘Hard Yards Hunting’ into what it is today. I now spend my summers working as bee keeper in Twizel. I believe New Zealand has some of the best mountain hunting in the world and I work hard to ensure every hunt is safe and successful. The New Zealand hunting industry has become dominated by ‘Game Park’ high fenced hunting operations and AATH or heli hunting, we believe New Zealand has alot more to offer for the real hunter and this is the focus of ‘Hard Yards Hunting’. I look forward to showing you what real New Zealand hunting is all about!

Jimmy (James) Peter


Jimmy is Joseph’s younger brother and brings a great sense of humor and energy to the team. A good knowledge of our Red Stag areas and great shooting skills make Jimmy a competent guide. He also has some great cooking skills which are welcome in any camp!

Tim Butcher


I grew up in rural Southland (bottom of the South Island) where hunting and fishing is just a part of life. From a young age I was chasing small game and catching brown trout. As I got older the game grew larger and I began to fly fish. As a hunter the Southern Alps hold a certain allure and it wasn’t long before I found myself immersed in mountain hunting. For me pursuing game in these areas, free range and fair chase, is the pinnacle of New Zealand hunting and I always look forward to showing new friends around our “back yard”. I now live in a little town called Fox Glacier of the West Coast of the South Island with my wife, daughter and dog, working as a Conservation Ranger in the off season. Now the mountains are right on our doorstep and every opportunity is taken to be out there either scouting or hunting for myself. Hopefully you’ll come on over and we’ll show you the real deal New Zealand hunting!

Bernie Mason

Hard Yards Hunting was started by Bernard (Bernie) Mason in the year 2000. Bernie grew up hunting for meat and skins and later for trophies. He decided it was time share his passion for mountains and hunting so started Hard Yards Hunting. He is a hardened mountain hunter with a great sense of humor. Bernie also has a great knowledge of New Zealand history and spends much of time restoring historic vehicles and buildings. Bernie is currently retired from the hunting guiding to give his knees and back a rest!