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Learn how to catch and cook crayfish over a beach barbecue in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Warrick Mitchell and Alpine Adventures.

4. Hunt And Fish Through Fjordland National Park (South Island, New Zealand)

Want to develop pioneering skills in a remote area, a three-day walk from the nearest town? Alpine Adventures will arrange an overnight tour that allows you to learn how to hunt and fish in New Zealand’s rugged South Island. You will fly over dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and rugged beaches as you travel to the World Heritage Area of Fjordland National Park. After a picnic lunch, you will meet your local guide: a sports photographer who worked on international yachts before returning home. He will teach you how to fish, cook you dinner at a beach bonfire and hunt possums after dark. You’ll stay in a canvas tent on the beach and share meals in the original hut where your guide grew up.  The next morning, you will learn about the area’s rich deer stalking history as you wander the remote island with a rifle.