About Snowline Safaris

Snowline Safaris has been operating in the Southern Alps of New Zealand for over 25 years and is owned and run by Mark Cotton.

Mark went on his first hunt at the age of 6 and hasn’t looked back since. Feeling at home in the mountains and rivers of the rugged South Island, Mark has over 40 years of hunting and fishing experience. Mark’s talent as a hunter and a guide is complemented by his skills as a helicopter pilot, which allows him to go deep into the wild in search of good animals.

Hunting & Fishing Trips.

Snowline Safaris offers excellent ‘Free Range’ hunting trips in the Southern Alps, along with Game Estate hunts if required.

Red Stag, Tahr and Chamois are our most popular hunted animals, but we can also offer hunts for Fallow Deer, Goats, Pigs, Hares, Rabbits, Wallabies, Geese and Ducks (in season).

We also offer specialty fishing trips for Brown and Rainbow Trout in remote rivers and streams, allowing you to experience some of New Zealand’s most pristine environments (see gallery for photos).

Live Capture & Pest Control.

Snowline Safaris has held a Wild Animal Recovery Operation (WARO) Concession for 25 years, with Mark an expert in Wild Animal Live Capture. This allows Snowline Safaris to supply living animals to farmers and Safari Parks around the country.

Snowline Safaris also carries out a large amount of pest control for farmers throughout the South Island. Using a small helicopter and a professional shooter, large and difficult to reach areas of land can be covered in a short time, resulting in an extremely economic pest control service.

If you are having problems with Rabbits, Hares, Wallabies, Goats, Pigs or Deer, get in touch to find out more about our pest control service.

We offer personalised hunting, fishing, live capture, and pest control packages to suit all needs. Check out the gallery below for more photos, and contact us to organise your very own Snowline Safari!


I was fortunate enough to accompany Mark on a flight north of Lake Wakatipu, from Glenorchy up the Dart River, to view Whitetail Deer in their wilderness environment.

The scenery was spectacular and the wildlife amazing to see. We saw Chamois, Whitetail Deer and shot a Red Deer yearling stag to take home for the table.

Mark took me on a wonderfully invigorating trip, which I will certainly do again and remember for the rest of my life. Mark is a wonderful safety conscious pilot, with great flying skills and huge wildlife knowledge. Highly recommended.

- Graeme Watkins

I have hunted with Mark Cotton on two occasions now.

The first was for a beautiful trophy Chamois and a Bull Tahr, and the second was for a Red Stag. All were free range wild animals that we found in the Southern Alps of NZ.

Mark has an exceptional knowledge of the areas where good trophy animals live. I was impressed with the entire experience and stunning scenery.

I would highly recommend the hunting experience with him to anyone.

- Scott Thomson


Don't hesitate to contact us (either directly, or using the form below) for quotes, inquiries, or more details!

NZ Mobile | 027 436 0998

International Mobile | +64 27 436 0998

Email | snowlinesafaris@xtra.co.nz

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