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 for hunting on public conservation land, and learn what species require specific permits.
There are permit conditions that you must adhere 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.
You need a small game hunting permit from DOC for the recreational hunting of small game on public conservation land. Small game includes Canada geese, feral geese, hares and rabbits.
Read the criteria for hunting with bows and crossbows on public conservation lands.
Learn about the documentation you need to import or export hunting trophies.
To use a helicopter to carry out aerially assisted trophy hunting, either commercially or for personal gain, you must have a concession from DOC.
You need a WARO concession for pig, goat and chamois carcass recovery and the live capture of deer, pig and goat.