National Wild Goat Hunting Competition
IntroductionEnter the National Wild Goat Hunting Competition to compete for national and local prizes and help protect the environment.
- Competition: 1 August – 26 November 2023
- Local open days and prizegivings: Varies – see NZDA branch table below for details
- National prizegiving: Friday 15 December 2023
How to enter
Entries close at midnight on Sunday 26 November 2023.
The competition is free to enter and competitors do not need to preregister. Competitors need to head into a NZDA branch open day or an official recording point to make an entry.
Tails entered and recorded will be kept at the hub and then disposed of by a NZDA member or approved verifier. Goat heads may be kept and disposed of by NZDA volunteers unless the hunter wishes to keep their entry.
All competitors must hunt within the competition rules. Read the National Wild Goat Hunting Competition rules.
You can take part anywhere you have permission from the landowner to hunt. This competition promotes safe firearms use, keeping safe in the back country, and ethical and humane hunting.
Competition categories and prizes
There is over $50,000 worth of prizes kindly donated by the hunting and outdoor sector.
Every entry at a local NZDA branch or official recording point will count towards the national categories.
|National categories||Entry details||Prize and value|
|NZ Hunter - Goat Pursuit||
Win an unforgettable filmed wild goat hunting expedition with NZ Hunter. Flights and accommodation included.
|Got Your Goat||
||Win 1 of 9 spot prize packs. Each pack is worth over $1400 each.|
|The Great Goat Roundup||
||Win 1 of 10 spot prize packs. Each pack is worth approximately $1200 each.|
|NZDA's Greatest of All Time Hunter - The G.O.A.T||
||Win a prize pack worth over $1,300.|
Prize packs may include hunting apparel, footwear, vouchers, a Traeger grill, freeze dried meals, personal locator beacons, binoculars, headlamps and more.
Local NZDA branch categories
There are 15 NZDA branches running local events throughout the competition. Prizes for the local categories will be given out on the specified prizegiving date in December. Local spot prizes will be given out at branch open day. All entrants must be on site to receive spot prizes.
Each NZDA branch will have the following categories and prizes:
|Highest scoring goat head||Hunting & Fishing Camo Rifle Bag 48" and Gerber Gator folding knife.|
|Highest scoring goat head by a NZDA member||Hunting & Fishing Universal Gun Cleaning Kit and NZ Hunter annual subscription.|
|Highest scoring goat head by a Junior (under 18)||Hunting & Fishing 126pc First Aid Kit and $100 Hunting & Fishing voucher.|
|Most goat tails||$300 Huntech clothing voucher.|
|Most goat tails by a NZDA member||Lansky Quick Fix Pocket Sharpener from Hunting & Fishing and $100 Backcountry Cuisine voucher.|
|Most goat tails by a Junior (under 18)||Traverse Headlamp from Hunting & Fishing and $100 Hunting & Fishing voucher.|
Read the disclaimer for both national and local prize winners in the competition rules.
Founding sponsor: Hunting & Fishing
Where to hunt wild goats
Wild goats are found throughout New Zealand in both the North and South Islands. They occupy a wide range of habitats and can be found from sea level to the alpine zone, living in introduced and native grasslands, scrub, and forest. Concentrations of goats can be found in Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough, and Otago.
To find where to hunt goats near you:
- talk to your local NZDA branch about hunting in your local area
- use the Wild goat distribution map (PDF, 5,993K)
- use the hunting block search function to find where to hunt for wild goats.
Note: wild goats are often seen in places where you are not allowed to hunt like on road edges, train tracks, river, and road reserves.
Protect kauri when you hunt
Native kauri are under threat from a disease commonly referred to as kauri dieback which can easily spread by soil movement from dirty footwear, animals, equipment and vehicles.
If you are hunting in the Northland, Auckland, Kaimai Ranges, Coromandel, Waikato or Bay of Plenty areas, be mindful of kauri and follow the kauri protection guidelines for hunting.
- Wild goat hunting
- Hunting know before you go
- Hunting safety
- NZ Deerstalkers feral goat webpage
- Use Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa's outdoor access map to find out if land is private.
Anyone can take their entry to a NZDA branch open day. You do not need to be an NZDA member. If you can't attend a NZDA branch open day, contact the relevant branch below to arrange an alternative time to make your entry.
|NZDA Branch||Open day dates and times||Open day address||Contact||Prizegiving date|
||848 Coasteville Riverhead Highway, Riverheademail@example.com||3 December 2023|
||7 Target Street, Point Chevalier, Aucklandfirstname.lastname@example.org||12 December 2023|
||975 Wairere Drive, Hamiltonemail@example.com||1 December 2023|
||Te Awamutu Smallbore Rifle Clubrooms, Factory Rd, Te Awamutufirstname.lastname@example.org||13 December 2023|
||TVDA Clubrooms and Range, 101 Morrison Road, Paeroaemail@example.com||14 December 2023|
|Bay of Plenty||
||617 State Highway 29A, Tauriko, Taurangafirstname.lastname@example.org||5 December 2023|
|Central King Country||
||Taumarunui Bowling Club, 33 Turaki Street, Taumarunuiemail@example.com||7 December 2023|
||62 Mountain Road, Maunganamu, Taupofirstname.lastname@example.org||12 December 2023|
||12a Drake Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouthemail@example.com||6 December 2023|
||Kaitoke Range Complex, Incline Road, Kaitoke, Upper Huttfirstname.lastname@example.org||9 December 2023|
||3 Collina Terrace, Thorndon, Wellingtonemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org||12 December 2023|
||Murchison DOC Field Base, 116 Fairfax Street, Murchisonemail@example.com||8 December 2023|
||Motueka DOC Office, 406 High Street, Motueka|
||Murchison DOC Field Base, 116 Fairfax Street, Murchison|
||Nelson NZDA Meeting Room - Fish and Game Rooms, 74 Champion Road, Stoke, Nelson|
||River Inn, 20 Waitapu Road, Takakafirstname.lastname@example.org||6 December 2023|
||DOC Workshop, 15 Camp Street, Hokitikaemail@example.com||14 December 2023|
||DOC Office/Workshop, 72 Russell Street, Westport|
||DOC Office, 19 High Street, Greymouth|
||Arrowtown Bowling Club, 6 Hertford Street, Otagofirstname.lastname@example.org||10 December 2023|
||24 Herries Lane, Lake Hayes, Queenstown|
Please call or email during business hours and arrange an appointment to have your tail sighted. All tails must be presented for registration in a secure and clean manner for counting and disposing.
|Recording point||Address||Timing for drop off||Contact|
|DOC - Kaitaia Office||25 Matthews Avenue, Kaitaia||By appointment only|
|Hunting and Fishing Store - Kaitaia||11 North Park Drive, Kaitaia||During opening hours||
+64 9 408 0906
|DOC - Bay of Islands Office||34 Landing Road, Kerikeri||By appointment only||
+64 27 611 0723
+64 27 243 3272
|DOC - Whangārei Office||2 South End Ave, Raumanga, Whangārei||By appointment only||
+64 27 201 9939
|DOC - Kauri Coast||150 Colville Road, Dargaville||By appointment only|
|DOC - Warkworth Office||12/30 Hudson Road Warkworth Auckland||By appointment only||
+64 9 425 7812
|Hunting & Fishing Store - North Shore||1 Holder Place, Rosedale, Auckland||During opening hours||
+64 9 869 3331
|2023 Sika Show||Mystery Creek Event Centre, 125 Mystery Creek Road, Ōhaupō||Saturday 28 October 9am-5pm and Sunday 29 October 9am-4pm at the main entrance||
No appointment required.
|DOC - Hauraki Office||3/366 Ngati Maru Highway (SH25), Thames||By appointment only||
+64 7 867 9180
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Tauranga||65 Chapel Street, Tauranga||During opening hours||
+64 7 928 4303
|DOC - Whakatāne Office||9 Louvain Street, Whakatāne||By appointment only||
email@example.com +64 7 307 2770
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Whakatāne||129 Commerce Street, Whakatāne||During opening hours||
|DOC - Ōpōtiki Office||70 Bridge Street, Ōpōtiki||By appointment only||
firstname.lastname@example.org +64 7 315 1001
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Rotorua||360 Te Ngae Road, Lynmore Junction, Rotorua||During opening hours||
+64 7 349 6303
|DOC - Rotorua Office||99 Sala Street, Whakarewarewera, Rotorua||By appointment only|
|DOC - Te Kuiti Office||78 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti||By appointment only||
+64 27 586 7757
|DOC - Pureora House||5 Village Road, Pureora|
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Taupō||27 Gascoigne Street, Taupō||During opening hours||
+64 7 378 4449
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Taranaki||35 Ocean View Parade, Moturoa, New Plymouth||During opening hours||
+64 6 757 2255
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Taranaki||Valley Mega Centre, 2/20 Rifle Range Road, Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth||During opening hours||
+64 6 757 2255
|DOC - Gisborne Office||63 Carnarvon Street, Gisborne||By appointment email@example.com|
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Gisborne||310 Gladstone Road, Gisborne||During opening hours||
|DOC - Napier Office||Conservation House, 59 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier||By appointment firstname.lastname@example.org|
|DOC - Ohakune Office||1 Mountain Road Ohakune||By appointment email@example.com|
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Whanganui||64 Carlton Avenue, Gonville, Whanganui||During opening hours|
|DOC - Palmerston North Office||28 North Road, Palmerston North||By appointment only||
+64 6 350 9700
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Ōtaki||179 Main Highway, Ōtaki||During opening hours||
+64 6 364 8969
|DOC - Wairarapa Office||220 South Road, RD 5, Masterton||By appointment only|
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Wairarapa||319 Ngaumutawa Road, Solway, Masterton||During opening hours||
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Nelson||50 Achillies Ave, Nelson||During opening hours||
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Richmond||213 Queen Street, Richmond||During opening hours||
|DOC - Wairau/Renwick Office||22 Gee Street, Renwick, Marlborough||By appointment only|
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Kaikōura||Harakeke Shopping Centre, 130 Beach Road, Kaikōura||During opening hours||
+64 3 319 6648
|DOC - Westport Office||72 Russell Street, Westport||By appointment only||
+64 7 223 4847
|DOC - Paparoa Visitor Centre||4294 Coast Road, Punakaiki||By appointment only||
+64 3 731 1895
|DOC - Greymouth Office||17 High Street, Greymouth||By appointment only||
firstname.lastname@example.org +64 27 290 9029
|DOC - Hokitika Office||99 Revell Street, Hokitika||By appointment only|
|DOC - Arthur’s Pass National Park Visitor Centre||104 West Coast Road, Arthur’s Pass Village||By appointment only||
+64 3 318 9211
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Christchurch||75 Clarence Street, Addington, Christchurch||During opening hours||
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Timaru||Unit 1 The Landings, 50 Theodosia Street, Central, Timaru||During opening hours||
+64 3 684 8835
|DOC - Twizel Office||15 Wairepo Road, Twizel||By appointment only|
|DOC - Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre||1 Ballantyne Road, Wānaka||By appointment only||
+64 27 269 6871
|DOC - Queenstown Visitor Centre||50 Stanley Street, Queenstown||By appointment only||
+64 3 442 7935
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Queenstown||Building 7, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton||During opening hours||
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Dunedin||141 Crawford Street, Dunedin||During opening hours|
|Hunting & Fishing Store - Invercargill||97 Leet Street, Invercargill||During opening hours|
For further information email Megan Robinson: email@example.com.