Three years after the first Sika Show was held in 1993 at the Spa Hotel in Taupo, H&H took over the operations of the event. The show grew from a small gathering of keen hunters into a hugely popular 2-day expo with 150+ exhibitors and a hunting competition. It became the one event on the agenda that Kiwi hunters didn’t want to miss. The Sika Show is the longest running and largest event of its kind in Australasia, held annually at Taupo’s Great Lake Centre and Tongariro Domain until the show was sold in 2020. The Sika Show now continues under new management and at a new location, Mystery Creek in Hamilton.
Jaw Data Collection
An important element of the Sika Show since the beginnings has been the collection of Sika jaws. The jaw collection data, gathered by Hunters & Habitats, provides valuable information on the population, demography, and condition of Sika deer in New Zealand. The organisation also used the Sika Show as an opportunity to promote important messages around safe hunting practices and conservation to the thousands of hunters and their families who visited the show each year.
People continued to ask for the Sika Show to come to the South Island so H&H decided to organise the Tahr Show there, named after the magnificent Himalayan bull tahr which in his full winter coat is one of the most iconic game animals in the South Pacific. People come to the Southern Alps in New Zealand from all over the world to hunt Tahr, as it is the ultimate in alpine hunting.
The first Tahr Show was held in 2007 at the Cowles Stadium in Christchurch and eventually moved to the Pioneer Leisure Centre. As it was difficult to find a suitable venue in Christchurch and due to other logistical issues, the Tahr Show was discontinued.
Te Iringa Hut
Te Iringa Track in the Kaimanawa Forest Park is a popular spot, especially with mountain bikers. The 38km long return track presents a challenging and remote adventure ride that passes through beech forest with incredible scenery, streams, and wildlife. On the clearing at the top of the track once stood a popular hut. H&H rebuilt the Te Iringa Hut when it had become rundown, but the team had only just finished renovating it when it burnt to the ground. H&H offered to rebuild, the design was already worked out, but DOC presented a long list of requirements and stipulations, including the club being liable if someone had an accident, plus the responsibility for all maintenance. It became an OSH and logistic nightmare, so H&H walked away. DOC decided not to rebuild.
Pheasants are one of New Zealand’s most popular game birds due to their size, bright feathers, and superb eating qualities. In the late 1990s, H&H started a project on a large runoff farm adjacent to the Kaingaroa Forest, raising pheasants to bring the numbers up so recreational game bird hunters could have a better experience during the pheasant hunting season.The project was managed by H&H for the next 6 years, while also looking after predator control and trapping stoats, rats and weasels.