Aerially assisted trophy hunting (heli-hunting)

Aerially assisted trophy hunting (AATH) - or heli-hunting as it is sometimes known – involves flying recreational hunters and their guides into high country areas by helicopter in search of trophy animals.

When an animal is found, the helicopter lands and the client and guide disembark to shoot their trophy on the ground. 

The animals most frequently hunted are introduced Himalayan tahr and Austrian chamois.

2014 AATH concessions

A new round of AATH concessions for a term of five years was approved in December 2013 by the Department of Conservation, in association with the Minister of Conservation. 

These concessions become operative on 10 February 2014 and expire on 9 February 2019. They cover the same land areas and access dates as was available for AATH in 2012 and 2013.

As well, the Game Animal Council (an independent statutory body) will develop a code of practice for AATH activity over public conservation land. The Minister has requested this code of practice be completed by the end of 2014 and for it to be a binding condition of all AATH concession permits.

2014 location maps 

Overview: AATH 2014-2019 permit blocks (JPG, 1,192K)


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Address:  70 Moorhouse Ave, Addington
Christchurch 8011

Postal Address:  Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

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