Hunters always need the appropriate hunting permit or hold the required concession and abide by Ministry of Health guidelines.
Hunting at Alert Levels
Alert Level 4
Hunting is not allowed. Hunting will expose hunters and others to higher levels of risk and put pressure on the emergency services if they need to respond.
Any hunting permits issued that are affected by COVID-19 can be rebooked in the next 12 months, or refunded.
Alert Level 3
You can hunt on both private and public conservation land. You should stay in areas readily accessible from your home, either on foot or by vehicle, and you must stick to your bubble.
You should not go on an overnight hunting trip. You can only hunt on foot – using quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is not allowed. You need to follow the local regulations.
Hunting permits are still required, and available online only during Alert Level 3. Any hunting permits issued that are affected by COVID-19 can be rebooked in the next 12 months, or refunded.
Alert Levels 1 and 2
Hunting is allowed.
Apply for a hunting permit
Recreational hunters can apply for an open area hunting permit. Hunters should first check their existing permit as it may still be current.
If you cannot access the online system, or you need a game bird or small game hunting permit, you will need to contact the DOC office in the area you wish to go hunting.
Rules around hunting dogs vary from area to area – check the rules for the area you wish to go hunting by visiting the relevant web page, or ask our staff when you contact them by phone or email..