Apply for a Molesworth Recreation Reserve activity permit.

This is an application only. Your permit is not approved until you receive notification and a copy of the permit.  Allow a minimum of 10 working days to process your application.

You must read and agree to the activity permit conditions before submitting the form.

Driving permits for the Acheron Road will generally not be issued during Acheron Road closure period except in exceptional circumstances.

Road access activity permits may be granted during the autumn and spring months for horse trekking, mountain biking and organised events.

Possum control for Molesworth Recreation Reserve Acheron East hunting area

A 1080 possum control operation using aerial and ground methods is planned for Molesworth from 1 October 2022. This is to control bovine tuberculosis. The operation is by Vector Free Marlborough Limited (VFML), contracted by OSPRI for the TBfree programme.

Hunting on public conservation land will still be permitted during the operation. Permits will be issued as normal to those blocks not affected by the operation.

Your issued Molesworth permit and/or booking confirmation for affected blocks will be cancelled and you will no longer be able to hunt during the operation. Our office will contact those hunters that are affected. See Molesworth hunting block availability calendars for a list of the affected blocks and more information.

For further information contact VFML on 0508 548 008 or email

Privacy disclosure: To process your request or information, we need to collect personal information about you. We'll only use your information for this purpose and we'll follow the principles of the Privacy Act 2020. See our privacy and security statement.

Molesworth activity permit application form

You do not need an activity permit if you're wanting to drive a vehicle on Acheron Road:

  • without a trailer, and
  • during the open season.

Seasonal restrictions

Acheron Road is open 7 am – 7 pm daily from 1 October to Easter Monday or the second Sunday in April – whichever is later. It can close without warning.

Note: Since 2022 the road started opening on 1 October. Older brochures may say it opens on Labour weekend. This is now incorrect. 

Trip details

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Activity details

Activities that you or your party members will be doing

Hut passes are required to use huts. These huts are not bookable and are offered on a first come basis. Providing this information gives DOC an indication of demand for these assets.

Intended hut use

Applicant (party leader)

Submit your application

Your permit is not approved until you receive notification and a copy of the permit from the Wairau/Renwick Office.

Enter your name below to confirm you have read the conditions of permit, and that all your party will abide by the conditions.

We will notify you by email. 

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