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


COVID-19: Bookings cancelled

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions DOC has decided to cancel all remaining bookings for the Haast roar ballot. Party leaders for the remaining three periods will be given a full refund. DOC will work through refunds - hunters only need to contact DOC if they haven't received a refund within four weeks.

We acknowledge that this decision may impact some, but given the different stages in the ballot process, this is the fairest option for all concerned. 

It is still a requirement to hold a current and valid hunting permit to hunt on public conservation land. 

This 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 for Roar 2020

  • Applications only 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


Applications for periods before 28 March are now longer possible due to COVID-19.

Apply for available blocks for the 2020 Haast Roar


In 2020, the Roar Ballot will run Sunday 22 March – Saturday 28 March (shortened due to COVID-19).

Available periods
  • Period 1 – Sun 22 March to Sat 28 March
  • Period 2 – cancelled due to to COVID-19
  • Period 3 – cancelled due to to COVID-19
  • Period 4 – cancelled due to to COVID-19

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. Apply for an open hunting permit

Overview maps

Individual hunting blocks


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 no later than Friday 11 October 2019. You must submit your confirmation on the official email form and return it no later than 4 pm Friday 25 October 2019 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 by email with dates that they can reapply for any of the unconfirmed blocks. Applicants will need to follow the link on their unsuccessful letter to apply for one block only, on a first-in-first-served basis at no charge. These blocks must also be confirmed. Note this stage of the process is easier to complete on a computer or laptop rather than on a mobile.

From Friday 8 November 2019, any remaining blocks will be available online to all hunters who did not enter the draw, also for hunters who have existing bookings and would like a second block. These blocks will be confirmed instantly upon booking.

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, 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 Haast VC or Fox Glacier 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

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 DOC so that enquires can be carried out. 

AATH – Aerial assisted trophy hunting by some approved helicopter operators is permitted in some blocks during part of the ballot period. If you have concerns about this activity – as above please note as much detail as possible, and report to DOC so that enquires can be carried out.

More about AATH.


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

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