Introduction

To use a helicopter to carry out aerially assisted trophy hunting, either commercially or for personal gain, you must have a concession from DOC.

Aerially assisted trophy hunting (AATH), also known as heli-hunting, involves flying recreational hunters and their guides into high country areas by helicopter in search of trophy animals.

This includes carrying recreational hunters (and their guide) by helicopter, actively searching for wild animals with trophy potential, on the ground guiding and killing of the wild animal and the recovery of the animal by helicopter.

AATH concessions do not provide approval for the live capture of wild animals. There is also a cull requirement, under DOC supervision. See the AATH permit sample for more information.

Find out how to apply for a concession below. 

Pre-application meeting 

Applying for a concession for the first time can be a little tricky. For pre-application advice please e-mail permssionschristchurch@doc.govt.nz.

Type of concession 

If you plan to undertake AATH you will need to apply for an AATH permit.

Locations of AATH activity

You will need to identify the locations for your AATH activity on your application form 8a. The 2014-2019 permit identifies 62 blocks in the South Island that have been assessed as suitable for AATH activity under that permit period. See location maps or email permissionschristchurch@doc.govt.nz. If you wish to apply for one of these locations, simply note the block(s) in section F on your application form 8a.

You can also apply for AATH activity on public conservation land that sits outside of the 2014-2019 permit blocks.  If you apply for a new location, you will need to include enough information about the location and your activity to enable a full assessment to be carried out by the Department when processing your application.  Your application may require public notification. 

Note, the 2014-2019 permits expire on 9 February 2019. 

Apply for your concession 

We will invoice you once we have processed your application. The cost of your application will depend on the areas you apply for. The standard fee which applies to one of the 2014–2019 blocks is $400 plus GST ($460 including GST) plus an additional $115 plus GST ($132.25 including GST) for each additional 1–10 blocks. 

If you apply for one or more new locations (ie beyond the 62 land blocks) you will be charged the cost of processing your application. Processing costs are calculated on an hourly rate basis and are payable whether your application is granted or declined.  An estimate will be provided to you once you have applied.

Your application should be processed within 45 working days of receipt for simple applications. For applications that include new locations (ie beyond the 62 land blocks) the timeframe will be determined on a case by case basis.

If your application is approved we will send you a concession document which you must sign and return before proceeding with your activity. 

You will also be required to pay ongoing concession fees.

Safety plan 

As part of your application you will need a safety plan.  

AATH permit 

See our 2014–2019 AATH permit sample (PDF, 489K) for an example of what your permit will look like and the conditions it will set out.  

Location maps: 2014–2019 permit

Overview: AATH 2014-2019 permit blocks (JPG, 1,192K)

Questions?

For more information or assistance with your aerially-assisted trophy hunting concession contact permissionschristchurch@doc.govt.nz.


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