To get a DOC hunting permit to hunt on public conservation land with a firearm, you need either:
- a valid New Zealand firearms licence, or
- to be under the immediate supervision of someone with a valid New Zealand firearms licence. See Section 4b of the Arms Code.
Note, when hunting under the immediate supervision provision:
- only one firearm is permitted between the supervisor and the hunter
- each person requires a hunting permit.
Renew or purchase a New Zealand firearms licence - NZ Police website.
NZ Police firearms licence application form