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 for Roar 2019

  • Applications open online from 9 am Monday 3 September 2018 and close 4 pm Friday 28 September 2018.
  • 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
  • From 9 am Monday 19 November 2018 any unnconfirmed/unallocated blocks will be available online to any/all hunters to book (whether they have a block or not) as a cost of $40 per block.


In 2019, the Roar Ballot will run Sunday 31 March – Saturday 27 April.

Available periods
  • Period 1 – Sun 31 March to Sat 6 April
  • Period 2 – Sun 7 April to Sat 13 April
  • Period 3 – Sun 14 April to Sat 20 April
  • Period 4 – Sun 21 April to Sat 27 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


Applications for the ballot draw must include:

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

Applications will only be accepted through the online application form from
9 am Monday 3 September 2018 until 4 pm Friday 28 September 2018.
Late applications will not be accepted.

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 no later than Wednesday 10 October 2018. You must submit your confirmation on the official email form and return it no later than 4 pm Monday 29 October 2018 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.

From Monday 19 November, 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.

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. 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?

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.

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 the Department 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 the Department so that enquires can be carried out.

For more info about AATH, type AATH into this website's search box.


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

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