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

Due to popular demand DOC has developed a ballot system for hunters wishing to hunt during the Roar period. The ballot is to ensure hunters have access to an area with the knowledge that only one hunting party will be present in each of the blocks for a seven-day period.

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

Updates and changes for Roar 2018

This year there are a few changes to the Roar that hunters need to be aware of:

  • Applications open from 9 am 4 September to 4 pm 2 October 2017.
  • Applications will only be accepted through the online application form.
  • A one-off non-refundable fee of $40 will be charged for each application regardless of success.
  • Ensure all correspondence for the Haast Roar hunting ballot is sent to


In 2018 the Roar Ballot will run from Sunday 25 March to Saturday 21 April with the available periods being:

  • Period 1 - Sun 25 March to Sat 31 March
  • Period 2 - Sun 1 April to Sat 7 April
  • Period 3 - Sun 8 April to Sat 14 April
  • Period 4 - Sun 15 April to Sat 21 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.

Note: Open block hunting areas have been incorporated into year round open hunting areas. Apply for an open hunting permit

Overview maps

Individual hunting blocks

1080 operations


Applications will only be accepted through the online application form from 9 am 4 September to 4 pm 2 October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications for the ballot draw must include:

  • Party Leader contact details – name, address, phone number, email, DOB.
  • All Party members name, address and DOB.

The application form is limited to four choices. Submit only one application per party. Incomplete or multiple application forms will not be accepted.

All applicants will be contacted of the outcome.


A $40 non-refundable fee will be charged per application. No other fee will be incurred.

Ballot process


Successful applicants will be advised of their allocated block. You must submit your confirmation on the official form and return it no later than 4 pm Monday 30 October 2017 to Late confirmations will not be accepted.

Party leader is responsible for all party members adhering to permit conditions.

Reallocating blocks

Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification with dates that they can reapply for any of the unconfirmed blocks. Unsuccessful applicants will also be issued with an application number that must be quoted when applying for a block. These blocks will be available online to parties that were unsuccessful in the ballot draw on a first-in first-served basis at no charge.

After this process any remaining blocks will be available to all hunters who did not enter the draw, also hunters who have existing bookings and want a second block may apply for any remaining unallocated blocks.

For these hunters a fee of $40 will be charged to secure the block.


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, 140K)

Permit conditions

This year post Roar Block campsite inspections revealed rubbish, old camping gear left behind and the felling of some trees.

Hunters are reminded of their hunting permit conditions and to remove all rubbish and camping gear when leaving the area. To encourage full utilisation of the hunting blocks, any applicants who do not comply with the requirements of the ballot or hunting permit system may 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?

Please remember a dog permit is required for Public Conservation Land and can be obtained up to a week prior from the Haast VC or Fox Glacier Office. Dogs are not permitted in National Parks/Wildlife Refuges or Kiwi Sanctuary.

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.

Venison recovery

Helicopter operators undertaking venison recovery may be present during certain dates of the Roar period.  If you have any concerns about this activity, note as much detail as possible e.g. make, model, colour, registration, location, photos, date and time and pass onto the Department so that enquires can be carried out. 


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

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