To hunt on any land in New Zealand requires the permission of the landowner. On public conservation land, this permission is obtained by getting a hunting permit from DOC.
Apply online or find out where to get a hunting permit, and learn what species require specific permits.
Aerially-assisted trophy hunting, also known as heli-hunting, involves flying recreational hunters and their guides into high country areas by helicopter in search of trophy animals.
Learn about some of the permit conditions that must be adhered to when hunting.
If you are hunting with a firearm you need a valid firearms licence to get a hunting permit. Find out how to renew or purchase a NZ firearms licence.
Find out about the permit your dog will need if they're going to come hunting with you.
You need both a Fish & Game gamebird licence and a separate gamebird hunting permit. Find out where to get them.
There is a new version of the hunting permit for recreational hunting of small game on public conservation land from April 2012. Small game includes Canada geese, feral geese, hares and rabbits.
Read the criteria for hunting with bows and crossbows on public conservation lands.
Any wild animal recovery operation (WARO) on public conservation land needs authorisation.
Learn about the documentation you need to import or export hunting trophies.
Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.
Hunting in conservation areas brochure
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Email DOC's National Hunting Advisor