Otago region

Rees Valley hunting block. Photo: K Springer.

Rees Valley hunting block

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Otago region.

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, taking in on its way major catchments such as the Makarora, Young, Wilkin and Dart. The forest is predominantly beech, giving way as altitude increases to sub alpine shrubland, snow tussock and glaciated bare rock and snow.

Species present are goats, red deer, whitetail deer and chamois.

Mount Aspiring National Park weather is changeable and wet, dictated by the predominantly westerly moisture laden winds that sweep the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

Alert/Important notice

 Pesticide operation notice

As part of the Battle for our birds predator control programme, an aerial 1080 operation is scheduled to take place in the Cameron, Young, Blue, Makarora, Siberia and Wilkin Valleys between the 1 November and 15 December 2014. More specific information on these operations will be available on this website and from the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre; +64 3 443 7660 from 10 October 2014.


The main access points to the area are the roadends beyond Glenorchy, the Wanaka – Mt Aspiring Rd, and the Haast Highway (SH6) in the Makarora region.

Find out more

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