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The Kauri Coast area offers opportunities for hunting pigs and goats in several large and popular open hunting areas.
The Bay of Islands offers good opportunities for hunting pigs and goats; from Ranfurly Bay in the Whangaroa Harbour to Puketi, Omahuta, Opua and Russell Forests.
The Whangarei area offers good opportunities for hunting pigs and goats, as well as game birds, possums and rabbits.
The Far North has numerous hunting reserves scattered around the Kaitaia area, from Mangamuka in the south to Te Paki in the north. Pigs are generally the main animal hunted in these reserves, although possums and game birds are hunted on occasion.
DOC issues permits for hunting in the Mangatawhiri Forest Conservation Area. Pigs and goats are generally the only animals hunted, although escaped deer are occasionally encountered.
There are two hunting blocks on Great Barrier Island. Pigs are the only animals hunted on Great Barrier. A hunting permit is required.
DOC issues permits for hunting in three reserves in the North Auckland area. Goats are generally the only animals hunted in these reserves. A hunting permit is required.
Most DOC tracks, huts and campsites on Great Barrier Island are closed until further notice. On Great Barrier Island you can take a soak in thermal springs, tramp through coastal forests or snorkel in an isolated cove. Boating, kayaking and fishing are other popular activities on the island.
The Coromandel Peninsula offers 8 hunting blocks on public conservation land.
Learn about the many hunting opportunities available on public conservation land in the Western King Country.
Learn about the many hunting opportunities available on public conservation land in the Waikato area.
Learn about hunting opportunities in the Te Miro and Te Tapui scenic reserves.
Find out about hunting opportunities in Pirongia Forest Park and surrounds.
Learn about the many hunting opportunities available on public conservation land in the North Waikato area.
The Rotorua Lakes area covers approximately 35,000 hectares of public land, made up of relatively small reserves bordered mostly by farmland, pine forest or lakes.
The Tauranga area covers the Kaimai and Mamaku forests, including the Otanewainuku and Otawa Scenic Reserves, and a number of small reserves in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Several walking tracks and a wonderful viewing hide have been built so you get up close and personal with the wetland.
The Kaituna wetland is a major legacy for future generations.
Otawa Scenic Reserve in the Papamoa Hills contains attractive lowland forest dominated by tawa and rewarewa.
Accessible by road, Otanewainuku is a great place to see original forest with giant trees and healthy bird life. A volunteer trust helps to conserve the wildlife here.
Enjoy the historic character of the northern Kaimai or go tramping or hunting in the central or southern zones. The unusual combination of semi-coastal and alpine plant species makes this forest unique and highly significant.
These two scenic tracks offer excellent opportunity for trout fishing and hunting. The Nikau track follows alongside the Waioeka River and the Kotepato follows alongside the Te Pato Stream.
There are good opportunities to hunt for red deer and pig throughout Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park.
Te Urewera National Park has numerous opportunites for hunting pigs and deer.
There are good opportunities to hunt for pigs, feral deer and goats in the Whakatane Waioeka Urutawa.
There are good opportunities to hunt for pigs, deer and goats in the Gisborne Raukumara.
This track follows the now disused Motu-Opotiki stock route through beautiful native bush that is well benched with an easy gradient.
This track follows the Manganuku Stream to the Manganuku hut.
This track starts from a historic 'Howe Truss' bridge and has excellent waterfall and forest views.
This longer tramp can be tackled as a loop, or as two separate return trips to Tawa or Koranga Forks Hut.
Fishing, boating and hunting are activities you can enjoy in the area around the Lake Waikaremoana track.
The Turangi/Taupo area offers a wide range of hunting opportunities. The sika herd in the Kaimanawa Forest Park is internationally renowned and regarded by hunters as a valuable recreational resource.
Kaimanawa Forest Park (77,348 hectares) lies south-east of Taupo and extends from Tongariro National Park in the west to the Kaweka Range in the east.
The Taranaki region offers 21 hunting blocks on public conservation land.
Follow the Waitōtara River to Trains Hut.
Find out about activities you can do on the Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka Track.
In the Whanganui area the large number of conservation areas and scenic reserves, as well as Whanganui National Park, provide hunters with numerous hunting opportunities.
This guide to hunting on public conservation land in the Manawatu/Rangitikei region provides location, access and other information for hunting areas including the Western Ruahine Forest Park.
The 2-3 day Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka Track travels through the historic Mangapurua and Kaiwhakauka valleys and crosses over the historic Bridge to Nowhere. Alternatively, the track can be cycled in 1 day.
The Atene Skyline Track has spectacular views and a campsite for trampers wanting to stay the night.
An enjoyable outing for the entire family exists just 40 minutes drive from Wanganui at Atene on the historic Whanganui River road.
These valleys offer the 3 km Bridge to Nowhere walk and the Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka tracks.
The narrow Makahu Road provides access to the Makino and Middle Hill huts.
The narrow Makahu Road provides access to Mangatutu Hot Springs, along with Te Puia Lodge.
Lotkow Road branches off Whittle Road at the entry point to the Kaweka Forest Park.
From Kaweka Road you can access Makahu Saddle via Whittle Road. The saddle is a popular starting point for tramping excursions into the backcountry.
The Hawke's Bay region offers hunting on public conservation land.
The Wairarapa region offers hunting on public conservation land.
The Kapiti area offers hunting on public conservation land.
The Wellington region offers hunting on public conservation land.
The Nelson Lakes area is situated at the northern end of the Southern Alps. There is good red deer and chamois hunting to be had, with pigs and feral goats present in some locations.
The Motueka area is located at the top of the South Island. You can hunt deer, goats, pigs and chamois.
The Golden Bay Area covers from Takaka Hill through to Kahurangi Point and includes the northern sectors of Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. You can hunt red deer, fallow deer, pigs and goats.
The South Marlborough area covers from Blenheim to Kaikoura and westwards to Molesworth. You can hunt red deer, fallow deer, chamois, pigs and goats.
The Sounds Area encompasses public conservation land between Arapawa Island, D’Urville Island, Rai Saddle and the crest of Richmond Range. Hunting for red deer, fallow deer, goats, and feral pigs is popular throughout much of the area.
Windfalls on track The 27-km Nydia Track in the Sounds area of Marlborough is an easy 2-day tramp. Plan on an overnight stop at Nydia Bay.
Windfalls on trackThe Pelorus Track in Mt Richmond Forest Park offers walkers 3-4 days of hard tramping through forest and along the river.
This challenging trip above the bushline in Mt Richmond Forest Park offers outstanding views over the Waimea Plans and the Inland Kaikoura Ranges.
The Hokitika area is in the centre of the West Coast. Hunting for red deer and chamois is popular throughout the area.
The Greymouth Mawheranui area covers the central West Coast. Hunting for red deer, fallow deer, chamois, goats, feral pigs and game birds is popular throughout much of the area.
The Franz Josef - Waiau Area covers a large area of the southern West Coast. You can hunt deer, chamois, goats and tahr.
The Buller Kawatiri Area manages about 300,000ha of public conservation land in the northern West Coast. Hunting for red deer, goats, feral pigs is popular throughout much of the area.
Hunting for red deer, chamois, thar and gamebirds is popular throughout much of the area.
The Kirkliston Range Conservation Area, in the Waitaki Valley, is a regionally significant landscape, particularly notable for its vegetation.
Recreational hunting in the North Canterbury & Arthur’s Pass region targets chamois, deer and pigs. The region covers Canterbury from the coast to the Southern Alps, north and west of Christchurch.
Mackenzie Country and Waitaki hunting blocks are well known for their tahr hunting potential. Chamois, wallabies, pigs and red deer are also found in the area.
The mid and south Canterbury area covers the portion of Canterbury between the Rakaia and Waitaki rivers, providing hunters with a wide range of amimals.
Recreational hunting for tahr and chamois is permitted throughout the year in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
There are a number of public conservation areas along the Hunter Hills. Hunting and camping are possible in some reserves and most have walking tracks and picnic areas.
Te Waihora is New Zealand’s most popular recreational duck-shooting area. You can also fish, visit the Hart's Creek bird hide and do the Christchurch - Little River Rail Trail.
The Cloudy Peak Track from it's 1526 m high point, provides fantastic views of the Upper Clutha plains and peaks of the Lindis and St Bathans ranges.
Dry Creek Track provides great back country recreational opportunities for short walks, tramping and mountain biking with access to the Dry Creek and Neinei i Kura Conservation areas.
The Oteake hunting area consists of over 70 000 hectares of mountainous high country, tussock plateaus, scree slopes, shrubland and wetland. Species present are pigs and red deer.
100 000 hectares of public conservation land in Hāwea Conservation Park (almost the entire Park) is available for hunting. Species present are red deer, tahr and chamois.
The Lake Wanaka hunting area comprises some 20 000 hectares in the Craigie, Albert, Minaret and Rumbling Burn western tributaries of the lake, and on Mt Burke to the east of the lake. Species present are red deer, fallow deer, pigs and chamois.
The Lower Matukituki Valley hunting area consists of 7000 hectares of public conservation land on the slopes to the east of the river, from Junction Flat in the East Branch down to West Wanaka. Species present are red deer and chamois.
The Mount Aspiring National Park (east of the Divide) area is over 185 000 hectares and stretches all the way from Haast Pass/Tioripatea in the north to the Route Burn in the south. Species present are goats, red deer, whitetail deer and chamois.
The Cardrona Glenorchy Shotover hunting area includes almost 40 000 hectares of mountainous land in the Humboldt eastern faces, Richardson Mountains, and in the Shotover, Motatapu and Cardrona River catchments. Species present are goats, red deer, fallow deer and chamois, as well as gamebirds in Diamond Lake and Lake Reid.
The Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA) is 18 000 hectares in size and is a restricted hunting area reserved for the hunting of fallow deer, from 1 April to 30 September. Permits are issued for blocks within the area by ballot.
Within the Queenstown hunting area is Twelve Mile (2200 hectares) on the slopes of Mt Crichton. Species present are goats, fallow deer and chamois.
The Central Otago/Remarkables hunting area comprises 38 000 hectares of public conservation land in the Central Otago block mountains. Species present are goats, rabbits, hares, pigs and red deer, with some fallow deer in the northern Dunstan mountains and some chamois in the northern Remarkables.
The Catlins hunting area consists of over 50 000 hectares of beech, podocarp and kamahi-rata forest. Species present are goats, pigs and red deer.
The Coastal Otago (north of the Catlins) hunting area consists of 45 000 hectares of forest and shrubland reserves.The most common species are goats, pigs and red deer.
Outdoor pursuits in the park include walking/tramping, mountain biking, four wheel driving, angling, backcountry skiing, horse riding and hunting.
This track is in the Pisa Conservation Area which lies between Wanaka and Cromwell.
Find out about hunting in the Fiordland region, including where to hunt, access, permits, and places to stay.
Find out about hunting in the Southland region, including where to hunt, access, permits, and places to stay.
Find out everything you need to know about hunting on Stewart Island/Rakiura - where to hunt, access, permits, hunting blocks and bookings, places to stay and much more.
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