Protected species

The Wildlife Act (1953) protects most native species from hunting. However pukeko and some duck species can be hunted at certain times of the year.

New Zealand pigeon/kereru. Photo: Andrew Walmsley.
New Zealand pigeon/kereru

Check with the local DOC visitor centre or office.

The maximum penalty for killing such protected wildlife is a $100,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Make sure you are aware of what species are protected to avoid mistakenly hunting these animals.

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Hunting permit online.

Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.



Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies