(Who we are)

“As outfitters we are blessed to have the opportunity to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for those around the globe. Kuranui is a proud representation of our personal passion for the thrilling chase of premium hunting alongside world class service, friendly hospitality, and a generational family atmosphere. We can’t wait to meet you and show what one of New Zealand’s finest hunting estates has to offer here at Kuranui”.

Brent and Juanita McConnell
(Kuranui Owners)


Brent and Juanita

From deer and dairy farming families, Brent and Juanita both worked their way up from humble beginnings, working from an early age after early mornings milking cows soon led to a family of three daughters. Weekends consisted of taking their girls out into New Zealand’s Native Bush attempting to secure a small deer to show their family what it means to provide. This passion for providing is important to Brent and Juanita, to teach their family the respect for the species of animal, the history of the land, and how to cook and serve what has been harvested has always been important. They believe it is key that their family understand why we go hunting/fishing and to be constantly thankful for the opportunities we are blessed with. Brent and Juanita decided it was time to leave dairy farming and invested in an outdoors apparel and equipment company called Stoney Creek, moving their family to Tauranga. This unlocked many opportunities for the McConnell’s. Today Brent and Juanita are proud to have the same opportunity to help others unlock their passion for hunting whilst also hoping to provide a great family atmosphere, one welcoming to you and your guests. They hope to help you experience the greatness that New Zealand has to offer, while helping you secure that trophy you have always dreamed of. Kuranui will guarantee you an unforgettable experience with world class hospitality no matter who you are, and where you are from.

Ella, Paris and Zarah

Ella, (20) Paris, (17) and Zarah (14) are the three daughters of Brent and Juanita McConnell. Raised on the land, these girls were riding horses, driving motorbikes and hunting as soon as they were able. Growing up they were often challenged with being girls in a ‘male dominated’ hunting industry. But that didn’t stop them, learning from the two generations of deer farmers and hunters before them these McConnell girls grew to learn, provide and overcome that barrier. Blessed with the opportunity to hunt New Zealand’s native bush, the girls’ favorite species hunt is the New Zealand Red Deer. The eldest daughter Ella, is a passionate hunter who loves grasping any opportunity she can to get outdoors, Paris loves to be out on the water and chase big game fish such as marlin, and Zarah is an avid horse rider and loves to take her pony through Kuranui’s native bush trails all over the property. Just as the opportunities given to them, the McConnell girls strive to hope that everyone who enters Kuranui walks away with an unforgettable world class experience and premium trophy.

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We are located in the central North Island of New Zealand. Approximately 2.5 hours drive from Auckland international airport, and an easy 1-hour drive from either Hamilton or Rotorua domestic airports. Flight time via private helicopter charter from Rotorua is approximately 10 minutes travel.

Brent & Juanita McConnell