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.
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..