Introduction

The Auckland region is at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2.

Hunting at Alert Level 3 - Auckland region

Hunting on public conservation land within the Auckland region is allowed, as long as it’s close to home and does not involve hunting in a motorised vehicle.

Hunters are not permitted to stay in DOC huts or campgrounds and hunting must also be consistent with the usual local area restrictions.

Hunters will need the appropriate hunting permit or hold the required concession and abide by Ministry of Health guidelines.

Hunting at Alert Level 2 - rest of New Zealand

Hunting on public conservation land is allowed. Hunters will need the appropriate hunting permit or hold the required concession and abide by Ministry of Health guidelines.

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.

Apply for an open area hunting permit online.

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..

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