Find DOC places to go hunting in Southland.
You can go for a walk or hunt in Dean Forest Conservation Area.
The Catlins hunting area consists of over 50 000 hectares of beech, podocarp and kamahi-rata forest. Species present are goats, pigs and red deer.
Mainland Southland offers a wide range of exciting hunting opportunities. It is a popular area to hunt red deer, fallow deer, goats, chamois and pigs.
Find out everything you need to know about hunting on Stewart Island/Rakiura - where to hunt, access, permits, hunting blocks and bookings, places to stay and much more.
To the south of New Zealand's South Island, Stewart Island/Rakiura is a one-hour ferry ride from Bluff or 20 minutes by plane from Invercargill.
Longwood Ranges became a major centre for gold mining from the mid 1860s to the 1950s. Historic water races in the area are reminders of the importance of water supply during the gold rush.
The Takitimu Mountains are an impressive landform that provides opportunities for tramping, hunting and fishing amongst attractive open beech forest, tussock and screes.
Mavora Lakes Park is an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te Wāhipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
The Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park
provides unique opportunities for visitors to enjoy a backcountry experience in a remote setting. The area is isolated and, for the most part, physically demanding. You can visit the tiny fragile historic Dog Box Hut.
Rakiura National Park is located on Stewart Island/Rakiura. It encompasses a network of former nature reserves, scenic reserves, and state forest areas. Although the island lies only 30 km south west of Bluff, between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south, it exudes all the charm of a world on its own.
Snowdon Forest is a picturesque area with open, grassed
valleys. It offers a variety of year round recreational
opportunities suitable for family groups, trampers,
fishermen and hunters.
Croydon Bush, surrounded by farmland, shows what much of Southland once looked like with forest, grassland and shrubland communities. Adjacent Dolamore Park has native podocarp forest, expansive lawn areas and exotic plantings.
Waikaia Forest is a large island of beech forest that is the home of four unique invertebrates. Piano Flat is a grassy enclosure providing a picnic area, camping ground and several walking tracks.