Some of the hunting blocks have specific hunters’ huts, listed below. A levy of $20 per person per hunting trip is charged to help maintain these huts. This levy is collected by DOC on behalf of the Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust who built and look after the huts. If hunting on a block with a hunters' hut on it there are two payment options. You can pay by cheque (made out to "Rakiura Hunter Camps Charitable Trust") or by direct debit, contact Stewart Island Field Centre +64 3 219 0009 for details.
All other backcountry huts on Stewart Island/Rakiura are on tramping circuits, for which you need to purchase backcountry hut tickets ($5 per night). See North West Circuit and Southern Circuit places to stay.
The exceptions are Port William and North Arm huts, which require Great Walks hut passes ($22 per night, maximum 2 nights stay during peak season). Great Walk huts and campsites can be booked via the online booking system.
Hunters are encouraged to use hunters' hut facilities or existing camp sites. Payment needs to be forwarded when confirming block bookings. If using backcountry tramping huts payment does not guarantee a hut bed for the night. Hunting permits will only be sent on receipt of hut fees.
For further information visit the Southland Branch New Zealand Deerstalkers Association website.
This is a basic six-bunk hut in the Stewart Island/Rakiura area.
This is a basic four-bunk hut in the Stewart Island/Rakiura area.
This is a basic eight-bunk hut in the Stewart Island/Rakiura area.
This is a basic six-bunk hut in the Stewart Island/Rakiura Area.
Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.
Hunting in conservation areas brochure
Importing and exporting hunting trophies
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Stop the spread of didymo
Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.
Didymo control on Stewart Island/Rakiura factsheet
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies