Find out about the Haast roar block system for hunting red deer in the Haast area.

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 2021

A ballot will not be run this year due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the 2020 Haast roar ballot hunting periods. Party leaders were given the option to rollover their ballots to 2021. Most parties have taken this option leaving few available hunting blocks for 2021.

Any available blocks will be available for booking online from 9:00 am Friday 4 December 2020.

  • Available blocks can only booked by parties that do not hold or are in any way involved with other Haast roar block permits. Parties found to be doubling up will have all permits cancelled in all members' names.
  • A one-off non-refundable fee of $40 will be charged for each block.
  • Only 1 block can be booked 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 2021, the roar ballot will run Sunday 21 March to Saturday 17 April.

Available periods:

  • Period 1 – Sunday 21 March to Saturday 27 March
  • Period 2 – Sunday 28 March to Saturday 3 April
  • Period 3 – Sunday 4 April to Saturday 10 April
  • Period 4 – Sunday 11 April to Saturday 17 April

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

Ballot process


All roar ballot holders must go through a confirmation process. Confirmation forms will be emailed to you at the beginning of October and must be completed and returned with a photo of your valid firearms licence by 4:00 pm Friday 23 October 2020. Unconfirmed Blocks will be cancelled and made available for rebooking by other parties.


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, 468K)

Permit conditions

Due to the mess that some campsites are being left in - campsite inspections will be undertaken after each roar ballot.

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).

Taking your dog?

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, 2,336K)

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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