ABOUT GERALD & SUE TELFORD
Fishing and Hunting among friends
Gerald and Sue Telford and their family welcome you to their New Zealand hunting and fishing operation in their corner of paradise – Wanaka, in the South Island
Gerald Telford established the Wanaka based Fishing & Hunting Services in October 1993.
As an active angler and keen hunter for 34 years, Gerald decided to make a career move away from the agriculture industry to set up a professional guiding service.
Recent highlights for him have been bowhunting trips to Namibia and Alaska and his passion for the outdoors, conservation and philosophy of a Free Range – Fair game hunt motivate him to provide an unmatched level of service and expertise in the field.
He thrives on passing on the skills of years of hands-on experience to other anglers and hunters and his extensive local knowledge and contacts ensures a wide range of options are available.
He is also strongly involved in the guiding industry as a trainer for the NZ Deerstalkers Association and a member of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association and also on the executive committee of The New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA).
Emphasis is on quality matched with a personally tailored experience with regards to both the service provided and the fish or game trophies that our client may wish to pursue.
Sue Telford has been involved in the aviation and tourism Industry for 21 years, moving from Wellington City to Wanaka to work as a professional pilot flying scenic tours to Milford Sound and around the surrounding mountainous terrain of the South Island since 1989.
Meeting Gerald in 1994 also introduced her to fly fishing and the art of stalking live game.
Sue’s extensive experience in the New Zealand tourism industry make her an ideal person to contact for any holiday information or suggestions, both during your stay in Wanaka and in your travels around the country.
With an Instructor’s rating and 4000 logged flying hours – much of it in the dramatic mountainous environment of the Southern Alps – the option of a scenic flight with Sue in a Cessna 172 has been the highlight of the trip for a number of clients.
Sharing their love for fishing, hunting and outdoor adventure is a cornerstone of the Telford family team and a hosted stay with Gerald, Sue, Laetitia & Melanie is the best way to make the most of your hunting or fishing holiday and ensure everyone on the trip will have a memorable experience – for all the right reasons.
‘Ron and I both had a wonderful time at your lodge. You were both an awesome host/hostess. To tell you the truth when Ron told me about this trip and where we’d be staying I had my doubts that I would enjoy it. I thought it was in the middle of nowhere – boy was I wrong! I knew that he was looking forward to the hunt and he told me that Sue would be happy to take me shopping or wherever while I was there. Well, Sue, you outdid yourself and even though I didn’t take you up on the tandem jump, I had a great time and I was never bored. The shopping expedition you took us girls on was very interesting and much more fun than going to a mall. I also enjoyed the Big Picture wine adventure. There really is quite a lot to do around there even for someone who is not very athletic like me.
We also enjoyed your dining experience every evening. Our food was always excellent and I enjoyed trying out the various game that had been hunted.
I would recommend your hunting service to anyone that was going to New Zealand. Ron really would like to go back again so, who knows, we might see you again in a few years. ‘
Cathy Ward, Iowa , USA May 2008
Emily is our Chef. She has managed kitchens on board private yachts and has extensive catering and cafe experience. Her joyful personality and culinary skills will delight your taste-buds.
Jo has experience with a Kiwi conservation project with the Department of Conservation and she is a mother of one daughter based in Wanaka. Jo ensures the rooms are clean and refreshed, the lodge is tidy and prepared for your stay.
Set in the spectacularly beautiful Southern landscape with its vast mountain chains, glaciated river valleys and lakes, rugged, sweeping coastlines and fiords surrounded by lush rainforests our unique wildlife and pleasant, four season climate ensure the options to fill in your day are limitless.
‘Our aim is to provide a top quality experience to visiting sportsmen and women by sharing Gerald’s two main passions – fishing and hunting – and enjoy our corner of paradise.’
Gerald and Sue Telford
Wanaka, New Zealand