Recreational hunting areas or RHAs were set aside for the enjoyment of recreational hunting. Provided recreational hunters keep wild animal numbers at acceptable levels, commercial wild animal recovery is not permitted.
Ten RHAs were created between 1980 and 1986, in response to a dramatic decline in deer populations and concern from hunters that opportunities for recreational hunting were being severely restricted. Two of these areas (Waiotapu and north-west Nelson) no longer operate as RHAs.
The establishment and management of RHAs is provided for under Part 3 of the Wild Animals Control Act (1977), which is administered by the Department of Conservation.
Where to hunt
Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.
Hunting in conservation areas brochure
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Email DOC's National Hunting Advisor