A combined open zone and block system is in operation. Most blocks are suitable for six hunters; parties are limited to 12 people and 10 rifles. Depending on demand, some blocks may be balloted. Each party may only book one block per hunting trip.
Bookings for blocks can be made up to 12 months in advance. There is a non-refundable $30 administration fee per block booking. This payment must be received by the Department of Conservation on Stewart Island/Rakiura within three weeks of the booking being made.
Confirmation of the booking is required 60 days prior to your arrival on the island. A form will be sent to you in advance requesting details of the party members. Names of hunters and their firearms licence numbers must be submitted on this form, along with details of transport to the block and any payment due. Failure to do this will result in cancellation of the booking.
Online booking request
Complete the form if you are interested in booking a hunting block on Stewart Island/Rakiura (subject to availability). You must fill in fields marked with an asterisk *.