Find out about the Haast roar block system for hunting red deer in the Haast area. Applications for cancelled or unallocated blocks are open.

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This ballot is to ensure hunters have access to an area, with the knowledge that only one hunting party will be in each of the blocks for a seven-day period.

Hunters using a firearm must abide by the New Zealand Police Arms Code and the Arms Act 1983 and have a valid firearms licence.

Updates for roar 2022

  • A one-off non-refundable fee of $40 will be charged for each application.
  • Only 1 application entered per party.
  • Party leaders who apply for a ballot must be intending to hunt the block with their party. Party leaders applying and successfully gaining a ballot on the behalf of others but have no intention of attending will not be tolerated. Party leaders and members found doing this will have all permits cancelled.
  • Party leaders need to supply a photo of their valid New Zealand firearms licence with their confirmation.
  • Party leader is responsible for all party members adhering to permit conditions.
  • Ensure all correspondence for the Haast roar hunting ballot is sent to


In 2022, the roar ballot hunting periods will run from Sunday 20 March to Saturday 16 April 2022.

Available periods:

  • Period 1 – Sunday 20 March to Saturday 26 March
  • Period 2 – Sunday 27 March to Saturday 2 April
  • Period 3 – Sunday 3 April to Saturday 9 April
  • Period 4 – Sunday 10 April to Saturday 16 April

Ballot process

Cancelled or unallocated blocks open for application

Cancelled or unallocated blocks can be applied for online. This costs $40 per block.

Apply for cancelled or unallocated blocks.

Main application period closed closed

Applications closed 4 pm Friday 24 September 2021.

Confirmation forms close 4 pm Saturday 23 October 2021

Forms are emailed out as part of the successful email notification process.

If you need to update your party details, do so on this form and return by email. All successful ballot holders must by email respond that they accept the ballot. Unconfirmed blocks will be cancelled and made available for rebooking by other parties.

Notification by 4 pm Friday 8 October 2021

All valid ballot entries will be notified by email of the outcome of the ballot draw to the email address registered on their application.

Permit issuing

Permits will be issued by email over the month of February.  All party members must be listed on the Restricted Hunting Permit.

If you need to make any changes to your party members, contact for us to update your permit.

Restricted blocks

There are 65 restricted blocks available for allocation by ballot draw. These are limited to one party per block for a 7 day period (Sunday to the following Saturday) as indicated in the period dates above. In most instances, Sunday is your first full day to hunt and Saturday is the party change over day.

Note: Open block hunting areas have been incorporated into year-round open hunting areas. You must hold an Open Area Hunting Permit to hunt on Public Conservation Land outside of your restricted roar block permit.

Apply for an open hunting permit.

Overview maps

Individual hunting blocks


Several blocks have huts that are available to use. Some require a fee. Check hut pages for fees and how to pay.

Aircraft concessionaires

List of approved aircraft operators (PDF, 386K)

Helicopter landing aites

Blocks falling within Mount Aspiring National Park have designated landing sites solely to enable access for the Roar Hunting Periods. Landing anywhere except these sites is strictly prohibited.

Permit conditions

Please report any rubbish or poorly left campsites to so they can be followed up with the permit holders and a campsite inspection may be undertaken.

Hunters are reminded of their hunting permit conditions and to remove all rubbish and camping gear when leaving the area including all string, tarps, polythene, camping chairs, clotheslines, bottles, cans etc. No structures other than tents are to be erected and all evidence of camping removed. If you take something in with you then you must take it out with you when you leave. To encourage full utilisation of the hunting blocks, any applicants who do not comply with the requirements of the ballot or hunting permit system will jeopardise their future participation.

Under the Conservation Act a fine not exceeding $100,000 can be imposed if proven/discovered (felling live trees).

Know before you go


A dog permit is required for public conservation land and can be obtained up to a week prior from the DOC Haast Visitor Centre or office. Dogs are not permitted in national parks/wildlife refuges or kiwi sanctuary.

1080 operations

View a map of 1080 operations for Haast roar blocks (PDF, 1,659K)

Identify your target

There have been situations in the past where hunters have shot cattle on farmland adjoining hunting blocks. It is important if you have special conditions on your permit to advise the land holder of your intentions.

The permit holder is also reminded that under their permit conditions, hunting during the hours of darkness is prohibited.

Be aware that there may be other people in your block who also have right of access to public land. This could include trampers, anglers, farmers, DOC field staff, possum hunters and many others.

Aerial operators and venison recovery


There may be helicopter operators doing venison recovery during certain dates of the roar period. They are not permitted to do this during the roar period 22 March to 9 April and/or the Easter period if it falls outside of these dates. If you have any concerns about this activity, note as much detail as possible, eg make, model, colour, registration, location, photos, date and time, and report to DOC. 


Aerial assisted trophy hunting by some approved helicopter operators is permitted in some blocks during part of the ballot period. AATH excludes activity between 22 March and 21 April inclusive. If you have concerns about this activity – as above note as much detail as possible, and report to DOC. 

More about AATH.


For any other information about hunting in the Haast area during the roar period, email

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