Northland region

Pig hunting at Waipoua River.

Pig hunting at Waipoua River

Map showing Northland region.

The Kauri Coast area has four large and popular open hunting areas; from the spectacular Waima, Mataraua, Marlborough, Kaihu and Houto Forests to other smaller scenic reserves like Wahaotetupua.

The hunting blocks range in altitude from lowland grasslands rising up to 781 metres. Te Raupua is the highest point in Northland situated in the Waima Forest and is consistent with rolling hills to steep terrain.

The Kauri Coast offers good opportunities for hunting pigs and goats. Kiwi are present throughout the Kauri Coast area so DOC requires all dogs hunting on public conservation land to have a current kiwi/bird aversion certificate.

The climate in the Kauri Coast area is highly localised; the weather in the forest is not always the same as what may be happening in town. Prepare for changeable weather in the forests, possibly damp to wet with temperature drops in the evening.

The temperature in the Kauri Coast ranges from 0.5 to 30 degrees celsius. The wetter months are May – September where rainfall is generally between 150 and 300 mm per month; the dryer months being October to April with rainfall up to around 150 mm per month.


The Kauri Coast area follows the majority of State Highway 12. It is located from Hokianga Harbour, south along the western coastline to the Pouto Peninsula and as far inland up the Kaipara Harbour to Maungaturoto, through the Tangowahine Valley north towards Kaikohe, then back west towards the Hokianga.

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Hunting permit online.

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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