Know the conditions you must adhere to when hunting on public conservation land.

Always follow the 7 basic rules of firearms safety.

You must adhere to the standard conditions that apply to all open hunting areas, and to any special conditions specific to a particular hunting area.

Standard conditions

Standard conditions apply to all areas.

Hunting permits are issued with these conditions:

    1. This Permit authorises ground based non-commercial hunting of only deer, pigs, goats, wallabies, chamois or thar/tahr within the timeframe specified as "permit validity period", unless otherwise stated in the Special Conditions.


    1. The Permit is only valid for the "open zone" area specified as green in the map associated with the permit area (maps are available in the permit application system when an area is selected)


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    1. Hunters using a firearm must abide by the NZ Police Arms Code and the Arms Act 1983.


    1. The following activities are strictly prohibited under this Permit during the hours of darkness (½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise):
      • discharging a firearm
      • use of spotlights, torches, vehicle headlights, or any other artificial light source
      • use of night vision equipment, infra red and heat detecting devices.


    1. Attaching a torch or other light source to a firearm is prohibited.


    1. No firearm shall be discharged:
      • in the vicinity of huts, tracks, campsites, road-ends or other public places
      • within 500 m of a Great Walk hut or track
      • in a manner that endangers, frightens or annoys members of the public
      • in a manner that endangers any property.


    1. Only centre fire rifles of calibre .222 Remington or larger may be used for hunting or crossbows and bows that meet the minimum standard specified by DOC (see: Bow and cross bow hunting). Shotguns, rimfire rifles, 22 hornet calibre, tracer and incendiary type ammunition are strictly prohibited under this Permit.


    1. This Permit does not authorise access to any area held under lease or where access is restricted by the Department.  For details about land held under lease or restricted areas, contact the nearest Department of Conservation office.


    1. This Permit does not confer a right of access over any private land. Permission to cross any private land must be obtained from the owner or occupier.


    1. The Permit does not confer the right to take vehicles or dogs onto public conservation lands, unless otherwise stated in the Special Conditions above.


    1. Carcasses and offal must not be left at, or in the vicinity of, tracks, huts, campsites, or in waterways.


    1. This Permit is not transferable and must be produced on demand to any warranted officer or enforcement officer and may at any time be cancelled by public notice, e-mail or letter.


  1. Breach of any conditions of this Permit renders this Permit null and void and may result in prosecution.

Standard notes


    • If you wish to hunt in a manner that isn't covered by this permit, contact the nearest Department of Conservation Office for information on how to apply for a permit for your intended activity.


  • Information on pesticide use and other activities that may affect your hunting can be found on the DOC website. See: Pesticide summaries.

Special conditions

Special conditions are specific to a particular hunting area.

  • Find special conditions for open hunting permit areas
  • Contact the DOC office closest the open hunting permit area
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